A sweeping Grand Strand beach, pristine and wide open. Sea-breeze camping and fishing from a jetty or in the surf. And some of the finest bird-watching on the East Coast. Thats not all Huntington Beach State Park has to offer. Theres also Atalaya, the picturesque, Moorish-style winter home of Anna Hyatt and Archer Huntington, sculptress and philanthropist, respectively, who left the park and adjacent Brookgreen Gardens as their legacy. Nature lovers also will enjoy the parks Environmental Education Center and wide variety of programming, including the chance to see loggerhead turtles and other endangered plant and animal species up close. The parks freshwater lake is a sure-fire place to see alligators and sometimes even a mink or two. Art lovers, meanwhile, flock by the thousands to the prestigious, juried Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival held in and around the castle each September.
We enjoyed the bike ride on the trail, how ever being that the trail connects to a community there were ample amounts of kids causing trouble at a small wooden bridge, even trying to bully money out of us to get across!..spotted an alligator in the parks swamp, haven't been around for sunset but would love to see the sun setting over the marsh..but we only completed from the parking lot up the ride along side the highway portion to where it went into houses and turned back.
This state park is really pleasant! The hiking is easy enough for small children and pets, but offers a real 'back-woods' experience. Lots of water views and a few boardwalks really get you close to the marshland habitat. We went during the winter on a beautiful sunny day and it was comfortable, even for the 'off-season'. If you are heading to the Myrtle Beach area, do yourself a favor - escape the busy tourist locations for a beautiful stroll through a fine state park.
Nice because of direct beach access where their is a pier and facilities. I like to walk down from the beach from the busy hub above it to this more private location. It is flanked by camping and this is a good site to park and have walking an d beach time if you want to extend that last day after checking out of the hotel. The bathroom facility is maintained and there are outdoor showers for sand. The shop at the pier has a posted wi-fi code so a traveler can get their bearings. I have never seen this place crowded, usually it is almost deserted.