Explore the most popular trails in Huntington Beach State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

What a great First Hike 2020! Ranger Mike did an excellent job discussing the maritime forest, the dunes, the pond and sea life! Don't miss pictures at the observation deck and the "Octopus" tree (Live Oak tree)!Not only did he discuss Huntington Beach SP as it is today, but gave a history and "view" of what it was in the past. It was a great hike and nice knowing that we have the park service as excellent stewards of the land.

Decided to go for a nature walk as it was a cloudy day for the beach. The trail had too many mosquitos and we ended up walking the road back. I know it’s not the maintenance of the park’s fault for Mother Nature but just be prepared while walking through the Sandpiper’s trail.

Atalaya to Brook Green gardens. Damn gate at Hwy 17 stopped us from crossing.

While it’s a bit short and easier than I’d like, it has some nice varied foliage, beach access, good bird and alligator watching, viewing areas, and a castle. Wear bug spray!

Lovely example lowcountry live oaks! We went the way to the jetty. I’d recommend bug spray.

Awesomely! Loved the jetty awesome hike great beach

It's an easy scenic walk. The causeway over the saltmarsh and migratory birds are great for birders and photographers. We visit often. There are two nice beach access areas also.

Not too shabby. Nice mini trails to let you view the water. Awesome trees along the trail (bring a hammock). Overall it was okay. This trail does not match up to the map. Just look for the small trail signs.

Left from NE end of the N campground heading N. Walk in wooded section along Sandpiper Pond. Mostly level trail, well marked (white). At N end of the pond there is a very nice overlook back over the pond and a rest area with clean, modern toilet facilities. Then there is a walk over to the ocean and a walk back on the beach to a connection to the campground. About 2 miles (no pedometer). Little wildlife noticed during our midday excursion.

Nice trek along sandpiper pond and not crowded at all.

Marsh trail

Was very fun. Lots of roots though, but we enjoyed them because they made the trail more authentic. Plenty of signs and beautiful views.

Great walk from our campsite around alligator alley and up the beach. All flat, cleared trails.

Walked it today and viewed an amazing variety of birds on Sandpiper pond. An easy walk on a blustery day.

Tue Feb 05 2019

the trailhead directions brought us to the gift shop which was not the trailhead. in fact the trailhead to the one mile walk it's over by a marsh Boardwalk approximately .4 of a mile. There are three separate Trails here unless you count Oceanside as the 4th. the 2.8 Mile Trail starting at the gift shop would have you walking down a narrow road where on crossing traffic would have to stop for you and it's not a good situation. it was a nice very easy walk betrayal with interesting trees and back water views. we also did the boardwalk into the marsh despite the water levels being low. Those conditions can always vary. As a bonus we used a free State Park permit from our resort. Make sure to ask if your resort has one. This is our second state park in a row and we got in free both days. I will upload a photo of the park with multiple trails to help the next person.

nature trail has nice trees and marsh views

nature trips
Mon Oct 15 2018

I didn’t believe places like such existed! I only thought they were in movies! One of the most beautiful place I’ve been! Walk out into that marsh! Walk that boardwalk! Take your kids there! Just stand, be quiet and enjoy it! Go see Atlaya Castle too! If you look it up it says Pawlys Island but it’s in HBSP! There is also kayaking offered at the RS! Look me up to pics of Atlaya!!!

Nice easy scenic trail that I did with my twin brother and four Shih Tzu companions while camping in the area several years ago.

I mean, it doesn’t get much better than THIS!!! This place is amazing, complete with a marsh that offers frequent alligator sightings, we saw a baby one right off the overlook! And an amazing stretch of gorgeous beach with extremely convenient beach access and parking! We’ve saved so much money by just hiking, sight seeing, and swimming here at this beautiful park!

Great trail. Soft with some sections of dead pine needles and leaves, some dirt and some sand. Fairly level, easy trail. Look up on trees for white square to indicate trail. Mostly in shade.

great walk on the nature trail, saw a white fox, alligator, and plenty of heron.

Nice easy stroll. The park has more to see than just the trail. Enjoyed our tour through the Atalanta Castle during our stop.

Easy walk. I went in mid-November & didn’t see any alligators.

wonderful trail and even better when you go off-grid. great for kids

Not lot to ride with the bikes all trails have a sign for foot traffic only but we were able to connect the waccamma bike trail and that was fantastic

Nice trail through maritime forest, a little sandy though towards the end, but overall a great trail with nice views of pond

The trail was easy to hike and the views from the trail were good. It's good for beginning hikers even on hot days as much of it is shaded.

mountain biking
Mon May 30 2016

Plenty to do. Check out the alligators at the causeway. Check out the birds in the marsh. Check out the beach. Well worth the admission to the park!

mountain biking
Mon May 30 2016

Very nice. Enjoyed looking for alligators

Very peaceful and quiet part of this tourist town. Gorgeous live oaks all around you. Best time is week days in the fall

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