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.