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Explore the Lowcountry on your Pawleys Island Fall Vacation

Explore the Lowcountry on your Pawleys Island Fall Vacation

Everyone knows Pawleys Island is a fantastic spring and summer vacation destination, but the fall brings mild temperatures that are perfect for exploring this beautiful Lowcountry paradise! From strolls along the most beautiful beaches in South Carolina to amazing nature trails, there are lots of fantastic opportunities to enjoy Pawleys Island during an autumn getaway. Here are some great ideas to check out on your fall vacation to Pawleys Island

Bird Watching at Huntington Beach State Park

Just north of Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet is home to Huntington Beach State Park, a pristine reserve that becomes one of the east coast’s premier bird watching destinations each fall. The months between August and May are the peak times for bird watching at Huntington Beach State Park, and birds commonly seen include egrets, razorbills, ibis and ospreys. During fall and leading into winter, guests can visit Mullet Pond and watch a variety of ducks including mallards and harlequin ducks, possibly even spotting a rare Fulvous-Whistling duck. Bald eagles have also been known to nest in the tall trees near the causeway adjacent to Mullet Pond One of the best spots in the park to view birds is near the jetty, a 1.3 mile walk from the front of the park back to the shoreline. Best visited within a couple hours of high tide, watchers can expect to see brown pelicans, great cormorants and purple sandpipers. The great bird watching opportunities along with the gorgeous landscape of Huntington Beach State Park make a visit the perfect way to spend an afternoon during your vacation.

Brookgreen Gardens

With a storied history and some of the most beautifully-manicured grounds of any botanical garden in the southeast, Brookgreen Gardens is a marvelous place to visit and let your worries melt away. Within the majestic confines of Brookgreen Gardens, visitors will stroll amongst centuries-old live oaks, pristine floral displays and one of the premier sculpture collections in the country. The grounds of Brookgreen Gardens span over 9,000 acres and during fall unique plant species like spider lilies and swamp sunflowers are in full bloom. In addition to exploring the botanical and sculpture displays, guests can also visit Brookgreen’s Lowcountry Zoo to witness native animal species such as whitetail deer, red foxes, river otters, alligators and several other lowcountry species. For a truly unforgettable experience, make sure to visit the Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience, a charming indoor garden area teeming with fluttering species like Painted Lady, Giant Swallowtail and Zebra Longwing, often utilizing smiling patrons as a makeshift perch. 

Walkway through large trees

Georgetown Harborwalk

Less than a 20-minute drive from Pawleys Island lies the historic town of Georgetown, founded in 1729 and the third-oldest town in South Carolina. At the heart of this charming municipality is the Harborwalk, a four-block long stretch of shops, restaurants, and museums. There are also plenty of spots to view the beautiful waterfront views and ships both docked and passing up and down the waterway. During an afternoon or early evening stroll, walkers can pop in and grab a great lunch or dinner at area restaurants like Alfresco Bistro, Big Tuna Raw Bar and Graham’s Landing on Front. If you just need to grab a cup of coffee, be sure to check out the Purr & Pour Cafe, a one-of-a-kind spot serving coffee, tea, beer, wine, light fare, and desserts. There are also a variety of unique shops and boutiques like Augustus & Carolina Fine Home Furnishings, The Harbor Shop and Indigo Mercantile. Visitors are also able to learn all about the history of Georgetown and the nautical history of South Carolina at museums including the South Carolina Maritime Museum, the Georgetown County Museum and the Rice Museum. 

Harborwalk in Georgetown South Carolina

With all these great spots to explore and learn about the Lowcountry, fall is a great time to make plans for a Pawleys Island vacation! The Litchfield Company offers travelers an amazing assortment of accommodations at premier Pawleys Island resorts like True Blue Resort, Pawleys Plantation and Litchfield Beach and Golf. Visit our accommodations page to learn all about the amazing properties you can book for your next Pawleys Island vacation!

Celebrate Creativity at the Brookgreen Art Festival

Brookgreen Fountain

Celebrate Creativity at the Brookgreen Art Festival

A vacation to Pawleys Island is a great way to unwind and escape our everyday stresses. But in addition to clearing our mind, there are plenty of great ways to enjoy the arts, with the most well-known being Brookgreen Gardens. Brookgreen Gardens is home to one of the country’s largest sculpture collections and also features a rotating collection of exhibits by local, national, and international artists year-round. Each year on the first weekend in June, Brookgreen Gardens hosts their annual Art Festival, and for art lovers and those interested in learning more about art in various mediums this festival is a must-see event!

Brookgreen Fountain

Since its opening in 1932 by founders Archer and Anna Huntington, the gardens have served as not only one of the finest botanical sanctuaries in the United States, but also a beacon of creativity with a huge sculpture collection boasting over 1400 figurative sculptures. In addition, Brookgreen Gardens promotes the arts heavily through things like demonstrations by sculptors-in-residence and weekly sculpture and drawing workshops. The Art Festival is a yearly celebration gathering artists from around the region and country to exhibit their creativity and skill in different mediums including paint, ink, and, of course, sculpture. There is never a bad time to visit Brookgreen Gardens, but the Art Festival is sure to be one of the best weekends of the year at the gardens!

In fact, since the Brookgreen Gardens Art Festival takes place over a weekend, why not plan a weekend vacation to Pawleys Island? After all, Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is conveniently located just a few miles away from Brookgreen. Don’t miss out on all the fun and book your weekend trip to Pawleys Island today!
 

Enjoy a Day Trip to Historic Georgetown

Harborwalk in Georgetown South Carolina

Enjoy a Day Trip to Historic Georgetown

Be forewarned: during your Pawleys Island vacation, you may experience levels of relaxation that could have you wanting to never leave this special lowcountry paradise! That’s a pretty good problem to have, but we’d recommend taking a short drive south to discover historic Georgetown, SC. This charming town is the third-oldest community in South Carolina and offers a great way to spend a day on your trip to Pawleys Island.

With history dating back to the 17th century, Georgetown was officially incorporated in 1729 and flourished as a hub for indigo and rice cultivation. By the mid 1800s, the Georgetown area accounted for half of the rice grown in the US. Today, the town’s economy is largely based on heritage tourism, as the town’s charm and history have attracted visitors to spend time relaxing and exploring this picturesque waterfront community.

Harborwalk in Georgetown South Carolina

History lovers are sure to be delighted by Georgetown, as there are over fifty sites around the town listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including plantations, public buildings and churches. As you traverse the historic district, you will notice an abundance of plaques detailing historic sites and buildings, telling a story about the town that stretches back over three centuries. Sprawling live oaks line the streets of many of the town’s oldest neighborhoods, providing a lush canopy and cool shade from the sun during those hot South Carolina afternoons. Georgetown also offers several fantastic museums to enjoy, including the South Carolina Maritime Museum, the Gullah Museum and the Georgetown County History Museum. There are also lots of great tour options to view and learn about the area, including boat tours, walking history tours and even ghost tours!

Georgetown also offers fantastic local shopping and dining opportunities during your day trip. The waterfront area along Front Street is host to an assortment of shops and boutiques. Those in search of antiques or local arts and crafts will have their pick of amazing treasures available at places like Emma Marie’s Antiques Shoppe, Outlaws Art Gallery or the Georgetown Art Gallery. Fashionistas can peruse men’s and women’s lowcountry style in shops like The Sly Fox, Muddy Bay Outfitters and Black Mingo. Georgetown is renowned for an abundance of fine furniture and home decor stores, and a visit to shops like Bienvenue Home Decor, the Whimsy Roost or Augustus & Carolina are sure to entice shoppers.

All that shopping and exploring will surely work up an appetite, and Georgetown offers no shortage of places to get your fill! Fresh local seafood is the specialty here, with The River Room Restaurant, Harborside Seafood and Italian and Old Fish House Restaurant providing delectable dishes and fantastic waterfront views. There are plenty of other places to enjoy if seafood isn’t your thing, with spots like Moe’s Original Bar B Que, Seven Hundred Modern Grill and Bar or Buzz’s Roost serving up BBQ, burgers, pizzas and lowcountry specialties that will tantalize your taste buds. Be sure to save room for dessert and try Harvest Moon Ice Cream or Sweetie’s Chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth!

With so much to do, it’s obvious why a day trip to Georgetown is a must during your trip to Pawleys Island! Be sure to browse our amazing catalog of Pawleys Island vacation rentals at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort to book your lowcountry getaway today. Don’t miss out on our unbeatable booking specials to enjoy your Pawleys Island vacation at the best price around!

Set Sail for Fun and Relaxation on a Lowcountry Boat Tour

People on a Dolphin Watching Cruise

Set Sail for Fun and Relaxation on a Lowcountry Boat Tour

Whether it’s an inland excursion along the Waccamaw River and coastal inlets or an offshore journey into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, Pawleys Island and the surrounding south strand area offers several great boat tours that are a fantastic way to spend the day on your Pawleys Island vacation! From swashbuckling adventures aboard a pirate ship to laid-back beer tasting cruises, here’s a sampling of some of the aquatic experiences available during your trip to Pawleys Island.

People on a Dolphin Watching Cruise

Pirate Adventures Tours

Landlubbers of all ages can get a taste of the pirate’s life with a tour from Pirate Adventures! You and your crew will board the Sea Gypsy and set sail for excitement and in search of buried treasure out in the waters of Murrells Inlet. A quick explanation of the pirate code will have you seaworthy in no time. But keep your guard up because other pirates are also on the prowl, and encountering them means taking part in an explosive cannon battle out on the water! If you’re celebrating a special occasion Pirates Adventures tours can be booked for birthday parties or other special events and are sure to be a hit with kids.

East Coast BrewBoat

Looking for a laid-back inlet cruise with you and up to fourteen of your friends or family members? The East Coast BrewBoat is perfect for you! This unique experience puts you in charge of your tour. The BrewBoat is actually powered by cycle stations around a central bar area that you and your patrons team up on to propel the craft through the scenic waterscapes of Murrells Inlet. The craft also features an electric engine for those times when your guests aren’t in the mood to pedal. Each cruise lasts about an hour and you’re able to bring your own beer or wine, food and music to enjoy during your trip.

Express Watersports Dolphin and Sightseeing Cruise

If an offshore excursion is what you’re looking for, one of the best options around is available at Express Watersports! Their ocean sightseeing and dolphin cruise takes up to 49 passengers out into the Atlantic in search of scenic views and pods of dolphins, sea turtles and other ocean wildlife. The crew of the Express Watersports vessels have years of experience and partner with other vessels in the area to make sure each group that goes out gets an amazing up-close experience with dolphins and other aquatic creatures. Express Watersports also offers a relaxing sunset cruise that offers the best sunset views available along the Grand Strand.

With even more offshore, inlet and river tours available than these, there’s no limit to the ways you can explore the ocean and lowcountry wetlands during your trip to Pawleys Island! Our Pawleys Island vacation rentals available at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort are sure to delight you on your next trip to this special area. Book your trip to Pawleys Island with one of our partner properties and get an first-class vacation at an unbeatable price!
 

Have a Romantic Time This Valentine’s Day in Pawleys Island

Have a Romantic Time This Valentine's Day in Pawleys Island

The lowcountry paradise of Pawleys Island is the perfect spot for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway! Not only can you enjoy the first-class accommodations along the south strand, but you can treat your special someone to a memorable day and night out as well. On your upcoming Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island, check out these great attractions to make the trip unforgettable!

Brookgreen Gardens

A stroll through Brookgreen Gardens, one of the premier botanical gardens along the east coast, is sure to make for a romantic afternoon. Walk amongst centuries-old live oaks cascading with Spanish moss and view their world-class sculpture collection. Brookgreen Gardens also features wildlife exhibits with animals native to the lowcountry like red foxes, bald eagles and river otters.

Horse Statue at Brookgreen Gardens

The Hammock Shops and Village

Find the perfect gift for your Valentine at the Hammock Shops and Village in Pawleys Island! Open since 1938 and based around the original Hammock Shop, you and your sweetheart can peruse local fashion and gifts in shops like Whitmire Fine Jewelry, Haute Hanger or Elegantz along with over two dozen other great boutiques. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at Bisqit, where you’ll discover an amazing fusion of traditional Southern cuisine with amazing burger and sandwich combinations, all on fluffy buttermilk biscuits of course!

Hammock Shops Welcome Sign

Chive Blossom

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a romantic dinner, and Chive Blossom is ideal for a special night out! Combining influences from Southern, French, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, Chive Blossom features a vibrant menu sure to delight your taste buds. Start your meal off with temptations like duck confit or pan-seared scallops then move on to splendid main course options like their 8-ounce barrel-cut filet, jumbo lump crab cakes or pork shank osobucco. Chive Blossom also offers nearly 200 wine options and their knowledgeable staff can help pair the perfect wine to your meal.

As you can see, a Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island is the perfect way to treat your loved one to a romantic getaway! Make sure to book your Valentine’s getaway soon, so you can enjoy the romantic allure of Litchfield Beach!
 

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

Family kayaking on the marsh

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

If you’re tired of shopping and spending time indoors, don’t worry! When you vacation in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach areas, you’re sure to be within reach of a phenomenal outdoor excursion. With a variety of inlets, rivers, lakes, and of course the Atlantic Ocean nearby, the outdoor adventurer will love all of the options available during your next beach escape!

Visit Surf the Earth in Pawleys Island, South Carolina for all of your Lowcountry outdoor needs! Not only does this local shop offer up retail items like t-shirts and hats, but Surf the Earth also features a variety of equipment rentals, as well as thrilling tours of the area. Take your pick from paddle boards, kayaks, surfboards, bodyboards, and skimboards if you’re looking to rent by the day.

Family kayaking on the marsh

If you’re not quite ready to tame the waves on your own, check out Surf the Earth’s various surf education opportunities. The shop offers 2-hour surf lessons on mornings from 9am to 11am. Lessons take place near 2nd Street in Pawleys Island, but special locations can be arranged in advance. The shop also offers 3-day and 5-day kids’ surf camps, where kids of all ages can learn about water safety, rip currents, wind strength and direction, surfing fundamentals, surf conditions, and much more.

Beyond board rentals and surf lessons, Surf the Earth also offers guests the chance to explore the area through their exciting eco-tours. Current offerings include Sunset/Moon Rise Tours through the Pawleys Island inlets and salt marsh, Early morning kayak and paddle board tours of the salt marsh, and afternoon paddle board tours of the area. See a new side of Pawleys Island whenever you reserve a splendid eco-tour with Surf the Earth Surf Shop.

If biking is more your speed, take advantage of the bike rentals offered by Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, and then head over to Bike the Neck! The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a 12-mile paved stretch that parallels U.S. Highway 17 from Murrells Inlet to Huntington Beach State Park. Rated as being an “Easy” trail by SCtrails.com, this bikeway is the perfect way to have a great time exercising while seeing the beautiful natural landscape of the region. Finish off your trek by stopping by Huntington Beach State Park, where you can visit its timeless castle, Atalaya, stroll on the pristine beaches of the park, explore the nature trails in the park, or even get in some birding!

Family riding bikes at Litchfield
From walking the trails at Huntington Beach State Park to learning how to Surf, you’ll never run out of outdoor adventures when you bring your next beach vacation to Litchfield Beach. Plan ahead and make the most of your exciting getaway!
 

Top 5 Brunch Spots on the South Strand

Outside of the salt water creek cafe

Top 5 Brunch Spots on the South Strand

Salt Water Creek Cafe

Located at 4660 Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet, Salt Water Creek Cafe offers up an impressive brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 2pm. Get your mid-morning / early-afternoon off to a great start when you sample one of the Cafe’s range of fancy Eggs Benedicts, including Filet Mignon, Surf and Turf, Crab Cake, Shrimp, and Smoked Salmon. Salt Water Creek also serves up tasty Omelets like the Lox, Chives and Cream Cheese Omelet, served with a grit cake and topped with Creek gravy. You can also find delicious standbys like fluffy eggs, pancakes, bacon, and ham. Your taste buds will dance with delight when you give Salt Water Creek Cafe a try on your next Litchfield Beach vacation.

Outside of the salt water creek cafe

Gulfstream Cafe

When you sleep late but wake up with breakfast on your mind, the best solution is brunch! When you travel to the Litchfield Beach area, you are within close proximity to hundreds of dining establishments, each with their own style and presentation. If you’re looking for the best brunch spots on the Hammock Coast, in the Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet areas, then try out one or all of the following local hotspots:

Enjoy your brunch from the picturesque Gulfstream Cafe whenever you visit Garden City during your next beach getaway. With stunning views of the inlet, you may want to stick around for lunch and dinner too! When it comes to brunch, Gulfstream offers up a buffet spread, featuring all of your favorite brunch classics, including fresh fruits, eggs, grits, hash browns, pancakes, and more. Visit the Bloody Mary bar and Omelet Station for customizable additions. Get there at 10:30 and ask for a seat with a view!

Rustic Table

Providing diners with a family-friendly environment and Southern foods made from scratch, Rustic Table is now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring an impressive menu, brunch focuses on the savory, but there are numerous mouth-watering sweets and desserts to try as well. Keep an eye out for delicious morning specials like Shrimp ‘n’ Gritz, Corned Beef Hash ‘n’ Eggs, and Blueberry Pancakes. You also might want to go for the “Comfy,” which features chicken breast served open faced on a homemade biscuit, with creamy sausage gravy and fries. Your stomach will thank you!

BisQit

Nestled in a cozy corner of the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops, BisQit is an eclectic eatery that boasts of its unique sandwich and burger creations. However, it’s not all about lunch and dinner at this Lowcountry dining establishment, as their breakfast selections are enough to put your taste buds into a frenzy! Check out “The Usual” classics like BisQits and Gravy with bacon crumbles, pancakes with bacon or sausage, or healthier options like house-made granola or seasonal fresh fruit.

Charlie's Studio Cafe

For an artsy, eclectic feel, stop by Charlie’s Studio Cafe, where the decor is beautiful and the customer service is outstanding. The breakfast menu here is two pages of traditional and delicious favorites. First, Charlie’s offers a few different styles of Omelet, like Denver and Western. They also serve a variety of breakfast wraps and bagels, for those looking for something a little lighter. On the sweet side, Charlie’s has Belgian Waffles, Pancakes (plain or with fruit), and French Toast. Bacon, sausage, and egg add-ons are available, so make it a balanced meal! If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, try the Farm House Breakfast, featuring a fried pork chop, home-fries or grits, and a biscuit. Better yet, get a sampling of sweet and savory with The Starving Artist breakfast, which consists of 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, home-fries or grits, French toast or biscuits and gravy or 3 pancakes. Under no circumstances should you leave Charlie’s still hungry!
 

3 Day-Trip Ideas for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

City of Charleston South carolina

3 Day-Trip Ideas for Your Myrtle Beach Vacation

Looking to get the most out of your South Carolina vacation? Spend some time exploring one of these cities for an epic day-trip excursion!

City of Charleston South carolina

Charleston, SC

Head south down Highway 17 for roughly 2 hours, and you’ll be in one of the southeastern United States’ most historic cities. There are tons of sights to see and places to visit in Charleston, and you can accomplish a lot there in a quick day trip. Suggestions for a day in Charleston include food, history, and breathtaking sights. Start off by parking downtown and walking to the waterfront area. There you’ll find an impressive boardwalk area that takes you out into Charleston Harbor. On good-weather days, it’s not unusual to see dozens of sailboats scattered over the water. Dolphins frequently visit this harbor as well, so keep a look out for these majestic sea mammals! Dine at nearby Fleet Landing for delicious seafood and lowcountry favorites. Next, head over to King Street for some shopping or to the Battery for historic home sightseeing. On your way out, enjoy the magnificent view from the top of the Ravenel Bridge. You’ll have a wonderful adventure on your day-trip to Charleston!

Columbia, SC

The South Carolina state capital is just under three hours away from Myrtle Beach, making it another great option for a day-trip during your beach vacation rental experience. Visit the exciting Riverbanks Zoo, featuring over 2,000 animals and 170 acres of zoo, aquarium, and botanical exhibits. Continue enjoying the beauty of nature when you stop by Congaree National Park, the only national park located in South Carolina. Get a glimpse of centuries-old Cypress trees, as you hike along the many trails that meander throughout this scenic park. There’s no shortage of historic sites, so make your time there educational and stop by the South Carolina State Museum. Visit the downtown district to take in the sights and sounds of the University of South Carolina and the many boutiques scattered throughout.

Calabash, NC

While Murrells Inlet is known as the Seafood Capital of South Carolina, its counterpart in the North offers up its own style of oceanic delicacies named after the city itself! Travel up to Calabash, North Carolina, a charming seaside town just over the border, where you can spend the day exploring the shops and sampling some of the best food along the coast! Less than an hour drive from Myrtle Beach, Calabash makes for a perfect day-trip during your vacation. Try out Beck’s Seafood in the heart of the city, where the hushpuppies are to die for. After dinner, walk across the street to St. Nick Nacks, a sprawling warehouse of a store that features dozens of meticulously-decorated Christmas trees. The store also has countless souvenirs to help you remember stopping by! Check out Calabash, one of North Carolina’s most delightful seaside towns.

Stay Active During Your Beach Vacation

Woman getting ready for a run

Stay Active During Your Beach Vacation

Sure, vacation usually means relaxing by the pool, indulging in delicious dinners, and enjoying escaping from the everyday stresses of life, but when you stay in the Pawleys Island area near Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of experiences that will keep you active while enjoying your much-needed vacation. If you’re looking to burn some calories while having fun in Myrtle Beach, check out our Top Ways to Stay Active during your Grand Strand condo rental vacation.

Woman getting ready for a run

Walking / Running / Beachcombing

When you take a vacation to the beach, one of the most alluring parts of the trip is being near the ocean. Take advantage of lovely coastal views, sunny skies, and the beauty of nature while staying active when you spend some time walking or running along the coast. Start off on the beach at 2nd Avenue Pier, and make your way north to Pier 14. This one-mile jaunt allows you to experience the excitement of the ocean, while getting in some quality exercise! Keep an eye out for seashells and other marine treasures as you walk, jog, or run parallel with the coast.

Sticking closer to Litchfield? Try out the trails at Huntington Beach State Park or bike along the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway for a day of fitness and activity.

Golf / Mini Golf

Arguably one of the most sought-after sporting experiences in Myrtle Beach is golf, and the courses here draw in thousands of visitors every single year. Enjoy a casually-paced excursion to one of the many premier golf courses along the Grand Strand, where you can keep active while challenging yourself and having a great time. If you’re not confident in your golfing abilities or are travelling with a family group, take advantage of the mini-golfing opportunities that are scattered all along the coast. Try out Hawaiian Rumble Mini-Golf, which hosts the Mini-Golf Masters Championship each year. Show off your putting skills, while staying active with golf during your Myrtle Beach vacation!

Outdoor Ropes Courses

If you’re looking for a real challenge that burns calories like crazy, try out Radical Ropes in Myrtle Beach or Go Ape in North Myrtle Beach, for a tree-climbing good time. Put your fitness to the test when you attempt to complete the entire courses. This outdoor adventure will keep you immersed in the sights and sounds of the Grand Strand, while pushing your physical and mental limits!

Watersports / Swimming

Grab a boogie board, paddleboard, or surfboard, and make your way into the waves for a fun-filled, action-packed day in Myrtle Beach. Use your balancing and swimming skills, as you stay atop of the surf. If you’re more interested in swimming, just remember to be safe, as rip tides have been known to take swimmers away from their point of origin. Always swim parallel to the coast if you feel that you’re being caught up in the wrong current. You can also visit Litchfield’s on-site fitness centers like the Beachside Health & Fitness (membership is required).

Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Imagine waking up to a bright, sunny morning and walking outside to breathe in the clear, crisp air. Fortunately, on a day that’s too nice to stay indoors, the bike trails in Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet offer up a picturesque excursion for your Hammock Coast vacation. The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is the perfect activity to take advantage of all year long.

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Paralleling the coast and Highway 17, the bikeway is a part of the developing East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile stretch of trails that runs from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. Be on the lookout for this twelve-mile stretch of flat, paved trails, which provide you with a pathway from Litchfield to south of Murrells Inlet. The bikeway takes riders into Huntington Beach State Park, where you’re sure to see the beauty of nature. For the small price of admission, access to the park will give you the chance to view the salt marsh and freshwater lagoon and potentially observe more than 300 species of birds.

There are plenty of places to park, while you venture into the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway. Some of the best public parking spots include the following locations: Morse Park Landing in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park (admission fee to the park is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 15), the north parking lot at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, the Piggly Wiggly and Bi-Lo grocery stores in the Litchfield community, and the Food Lion at the South Causeway.

When you need a break from the complexities that clutter your daily routine, give the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway a chance. Explore these natural scenes and see the wonders that surround us each and every day. Whether you’re walking, jogging, or biking, the bike trails near Litchfield Beach are sure to impress!