Beyond the lagoon, the marsh and the maritime forest, there's also 3 miles of beach. You can continue your birding extravaganza here or just relax. The beach is beautiful--over some dunes from the rest of the park. Even if you have no interest in anything else at Huntington Beach, it's still a good place to get some sun. I suggest this if you're at...more
I've mentioned quite a few things to see or do that all have to do with nature but the reason the park is named Huntington Beach is because of a "castle" that's located on the grounds. It's name is Atalaya and certainly does look like a castle and it's called that but really, it's just someone's wish of having a large estate on the beach. It's not...more
If you're up to it and want to do something a little more involved than strolling down a boardwalk the park also has a couple trails. Although they are easy (the longest one is 2.5 miles), you see a variety of ecosystems. They take you through the maritime forest and out to a salt water pond. Apparently, as it's on the Altantic Flyway, it's a...more
Huntington Beach is the first place Bobby and I came face to face with the dreaded deer flies. It was early summer and our first trip to the coast this year. You don't notice them right away but if you decide to take one of the trails that lead out to the water or to a viewing platform, soon things will be attacking your head. They swarm so close and when you try to swat them away, they come right back. It turns out that deer flies are attracted to motion but the reflex to swat at them is involuntary because they are so irritating. After this first experience, we came home and researched ways to keep them from bothering us again. The next time we went to a park, we put bug spray on (with DEET) and they were a little less annoying, but still there. I found these little sticky patches that people put on their hats to attract them but we didn't go that far. The best thing we found was to stand very still until they go away. At Huntington Beach, they weren't out in the open or near the palm trees, but in little bushes near the sides of the trails.
They are black and white striped and don't move too fast, but they do hang around. The females are the only ones who bite, from what I read...we luckily didn't get bitten but they are supposedly very painful.
Throughout the park there are some boardwalks, varying in length that take you out to both the freshwater lagoon and the saltwater marsh. The longest one is beyond the causeway and about halfway down the boundary of the marsh. Eventually, you get out to a gazebo--viewing platform. Unfortunately, when we were there, they were working on it because...more
Alligators (like most wildlife) are most active in the early day or late in the evening. We left Sumter at like 4 in the morning to get to this park when it opened at 6. Not only did we get to see the sun rise on the beach but we saw so many alligators and other animals as well. Since it was so early, no one else was there at that point. By the...more
Huntington Beach is in the Grand Strand region of South Carolina. It's not a far drive from either Georgetown or Myrtle Beach. Its mailing address is Murrells Inlet, so after we left the park, we went to see that little community. It's very cute...local restaurants, places to shop--it still has a small town feel that has been lost farther north on...more