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“Our favorite beach on the Grand Strand”

Huntington Beach State Park
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

This SC beach has so many unique and interesting things to see and do, we return again and again. We have a state park pass, but we have also ridden in on our bikes connecting from the Pawleys Island bike path. The beach extends from the main parking area next to Atalaya Castle to a jetty bordering on Murrells Inlet. To walk the whole length it takes about an hour and a half up and back. We enjoy the fact that there are no condos and the last one quarter of the beach to the jetty is dog free. The ocean life that can be encountered is amazing. We have seen ghost crabs, starfish, blue crabs, men-of-war, horseshoe crabs, various fish, dolphins and the ubiquitous jelly fish in the winter. Even in the summer you can find uncrowded areas. It also connects to Litchfield Beach, so you can walk miles south as well.
There is a nature center, a viewing pier over the salt marsh which is fascinating for its bird watching. Close to the entrance is a causeway that separates the salt marsh from the fresh water lagoon. On the fresh water side you can spot alligators, especially in the summer months.
Besides all this you can tour Atayla (separate fee) and the interesting camp store. Our only complaint is a few sourpusses who man the store.
Bring your camera and enjoy this beautiful beach.

Thank Khootie
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

The fee charged by the State of South Carolina for this park is money well spent. Great ocean access; plenty of picnic shelters and tables; restroom facilities, with showers and changing areas; and a very large selection of camping sites.

Thank SquareCaller
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Fabulous wide sandy beach with dolphins.Clean rest/changing rooms, beach and even some shade in the car park. We didnt have time to go bird or gator watching but it looked good. We came twice and would have loved to stay much longer.

Thank Walesvisit0r
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

I visited during the Atalay Craft Festival. Wonderful artists there. Spent another day hiking around the salt marsh and out to the jetty. Birds abound, clean, uncrowded beach, nice restrooms. Atalaya itself is quite a marvel, though I though the official tour was sort of long ( great if you like LOTS of details about the lives of the people who lived there) given how hot it was. I bailed and finished it on my own, which is easy to do.

Thank woofygirl
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

A state park like no other in my book. As many people go through this place, the staff keeps it looking good. So much to do and learn here. And if you just want to relax, there's no place like it. Would love to see the state give some money back to this park for needed upgrades though (fat chance). Keep up the great work!

Thank cwheelock
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