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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!

Bike or Hike to Enjoy the Trails of Pawleys Island

Family riding bikes at Litchfield

Bike or Hike to Enjoy the Trails of Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island is situated within the lowcountry coastal region of South Carolina and some of the most beautiful landscapes along the east coast. From shady wooded regions featuring canopies of coastal pines and live oaks to tranquil inlets and saltwater marshes, you have to experience all the beautiful nature trails available during your vacation to Pawleys Island.

Whether you travel on foot or by bike, there are numerous scenic trails for your enjoyment around the southern Grand Strand area and here are a few that you won’t want to miss during your next trip to Pawleys Island.

Family riding bikes at Litchfield

The Pawleys Island Loop

Measuring 3.5 miles, the Pawleys Island Loop is one of the most popular trails in the area, particularly for biking. The loop runs along Ocean Highway before circling around to the oceanfront Myrtle Avenue and taking you along the Pawleys Island coastline where travelers have enjoyed tranquil coastal vacations since the 1800s. You will enjoy tremendous views of saltwater inlets as you travel over causeways between Ocean Highway and Myrtle Avenue. Bring along a rod and some bait and feel free to cast a line out off one of the causeways during high tide for some great fishing!

Brookgreen Gardens Loop

Perhaps the most scenic walking trail along the Grand Strand, the 1.4 mile loop at Brookgreen Gardens takes you all around the picturesque grounds of one of the east coast’s premier botanical gardens. Stroll through tranquil landscapes shaded by moss-draped live oaks and peruse their phenomenal collection of garden sculptures as you make your way through the park.

The walking trails at Brookgreen Gardens also wind through their Lowcountry Zoo exhibit, where guests can view local wildlife species like river otters, whitetail deer, red foxes and bald eagles. Paid admission is required for entry to Brookgreen Gardens, but this is truly one of the can’t-miss venues along the Grand Strand.

Huntington Beach State Park

Located just north of Pawleys Island, Huntington Beach State Park features three miles of walking trails situated in coastal forests extending down to the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. Huntington Beach State Park is also home to Atalaya Castle, the former winter home of the founders of Brookgreen Gardens, Archer and Anna Huntington.

On top of the great walking trails and historic landmarks, Huntington Beach State Park is considered the best birdwatching area in the state of South Carolina, so you’re likely to witness a wide variety of avian species including osprey, herons and even bald eagles in select times of year.

In addition to these areas, there are plenty of other great parks and trails to explore around the surrounding Grand Strand like Myrtle Beach State Park and the Hulk bike and fitness trail in Carolina Forest. But to enjoy all that Pawleys Island has to offer you need to book today!

The Litchfield Company has great spring and summer specials available to ensure that your Pawleys Island vacation is a reality at an unbelievably low price! Whether it’s one of our one bedroom suites at Pawleys Plantation, a two bedroom condo at True Blue Resort or an oceanfront Pawleys Island beach house, we have the catalog of lowcountry vacation rentals to make your next trip to Pawleys Island an unforgettable experience!