State Parks

State Parks


Myrtle Beach State Park

Along the far-reaching stretch of Grand Strand coastline, Myrtle Beach State Park sits nestled among oceanfront maritime forest. A quiet, and surprisingly green, escape from the otherwise bustling beach, the park provides educational opportunities, a nature trail and some of the best surf fishing Myrtle Beach has to offer as well as stunning ocean views and another great fishing spot on Myrtle Beach pier.


Hunington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State park is located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, near the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens. The state park is situated on three miles of remote beach and offers camping, fishing, coastal hiking trails and is just a short drive away from area lodging accommodations.

Huntington Beach State Park is also Atalaya, a Spanish style castle.  Archer Huntington and sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington purchased the area that is now Brookgreen Gardens and three adjacent plantations in January of 1930 as a site for their winter home.  They named the home Atalaya, a Spanish term for watchtower. Mr. Huntington designed the house after the architecture of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Construction of the house began in 1931, apparently without detailed written plans. Construction took almost 3 years and was divided between the house and Brookgreen Gardens.  Mr. Huntington, wanting to provide work opportunities for community residents during the Great Depression, insisted that local labor be utilized in its construction.

Huntington Beach offers its visitors the best preserved beach in the Myrtle Beach area.  The park’s freshwater lagoon, salt marsh, maritime forest and beach are outstanding examples of the state’s natural coastal environment.  The park is widely recognized as one of the best birding sites along the East Coast, native birds abound. Surrounded by some 2,500 acres of native animal and plant life, the park offers many observation decks and walking trails to further enhance your enjoyment.