Expert Advice on State Parks in Litchfield

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Huntington Beach State Park
MB STATE PARK
Myrtle Beach State Park

It’d be nice if Litchfield-area state parks came with a user’s manual, right?

Well, this is awfully close! Litchfield Beach is lucky to have two awesome state parks in the area. There’s so much to see and do in each, and each has its own personality to appreciate.

Check this out before you venture out this summer. Also, here are a few things to know when visiting S.C. parks.

  • Check park websites for up-to-date admission costs and hours.
  • Consider ordering a park passport for admission to all 47 South Carolina state parks. They’re valid for one year!
  • The park’s beaches are popular spots all day, but especially for sunrise and sunset.

HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK

This Atlantic beach and wetlands park features alligators, rich birdlife, and sea turtles. Egrets and herons visit the Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail, which has a viewing deck. You can also walk the boardwalk over a lagoon and visit a Moorish-style castle.

Make a reservation for camping or day-use picnic areas.

Points of Interest

  • Hikers love the three trails, all graded as easy. The Boardwalk and Kerrigan Nature Trail offer excellent birding views. The Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail winds through the pristine beach and coastal forest. It’s a haven for birders, with the option to continue to the Murrells Inlet Jetty, an extra round trip of 6 miles.
  • The park’s causeway is a great spot to see marsh wildlife.
  • Tours, docent-led or self-guided, are great opportunities to learn about Atalaya. It’s a National Historic Landmark and the former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.
  • The Coastal Exploration Program is a fun way to learn about wildlife. You can also try hobbies such as beach-combing, birding, or kayaking.
  • Download maps and brochures, including information about Atalaya and a birding checklist.
  • Check here for frequently asked questions. Learn about the park’s dog policy, Wi-Fi situation, information about bike trails, and more.

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MYRTLE BEACH STATE PARK

It’s a 312-acre site on land that Myrtle Beach Farms donated in 1934. South Carolina’s first state park was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Program. It includes a mile of underdeveloped beach.

Make a reservation for camping, cabins, or day-use picnic areas.

Points of Interest

  • The park features two short trails — the Sculptured Oak and Yaupon. Both are easy and lead to the beach. They give a glimpse of former woodlands that prevailed on the Grand Strand.
  • Many visitors enjoy a walk on the fishing pier. Visit the gift shop first for ice cream to take with you.
  • The Nature Center is fun to explore. Beachcombers like this beach for shells and sharks’ teeth.
  • The Sculpted Oak Nature Trail takes travelers through the scenic maritime forest.
  • Download maps and brochures for the park and campground.
  • Click here for frequently asked questions. Learn about fishing, picnic areas, and the lifeguard situation at the park.

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