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Huntington Beach State Park


16148 Ocean Hwy
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843.237.4440
No Email Address
http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/1020.aspx
5 Reviews
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I found out about Huntington Beach State Park when I did an online search for campgrounds along the Grand Strand. The campground at HBSP was very nice and seemed to be well maintained. Most of the sites had more than adequate shade, but were also accommodating for even the largest of RVs. We stayed in a pop-up camper with our two dogs, a pitbull/chow cross and a German shepherd dog. The campground is laid out very well. The sites are situated such that campers are not crammed in on top of one another, and there was plenty of room for our two dogs to be tied on 20 foot long tie outs without being in the way of other campers or getting tangled up in each other's lines. The campground appears to be extremely dog friendly, with 'poop bag stations' in several locations in case you forget to bring a bag with you when you walk your dog. There were many, many campers there with dogs. Beach access is easily accessible to everyone, including people in wheelchairs or parents with strollers, via a raised boardwalk from the campground all the way to the beach. There was a floodlight on the side of the bath house, which made me feel safe going to the bathroom during the night, as it lit up the area very well, without being obtrusive and shining directly into the campsites. The bath house that was near our campsite needed to be updated. There were some cracked and loose tiles on the floor, and green stuff growing in a couple of the faucet heads, both at the sinks and the showers. There was indication of mildew/mold on the benches at the showers themselves, and the tile grout in the showers needed to be scrubbed because it looked dirty. There was also little privacy for those taking a shower. The only curtain was for the shower itself, so you had to undress and dress either in the shower behind the curtain, or out in the open for whoever walked by to see. I overheard other campers saying that the other bath house was newer and better, but I did not see it for myself. The toilets, countertops, and sinks appeared clean. We and other campers did use our Lysol spray in the shower areas, though. Atalaya 'Castle,' the winter home of Arthur and Anna Hyatt Huntington, is open to the public and can be toured alone or with a guide. Brookgreen Gardens is across the street on the opposite side of Hwy 17, and requires at least one full day to see everything there. Myrtle Beach is about 10 miles up the coast, and Georgetown is to the Southwest. Not directly related to the campground, I did want to say that the Sandpiper Pond trail needs some work. I was not impressed with it at all. The pond is grown up and so are the viewing sites, so we really only got to see the pond at the beginning of the trail, at the first raised viewing area. It's a fairly long trail, and is a bit confusing, because it was not well marked. The freshwater lagoon and saltwater marsh, on the other hand, provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. We saw several alligators, herons and other birds. The Education Center at HBSP provides some good programs and 'excursions' that are fun for young and old.

   

Received from Kristen C for visit in Oct 2006


Site Number: 10
Stay Again? YES
This park had beautiful pristine beaches and wonderful wildlife which made for a memorable time. But our memories of the HORRIFIC mosquitoes and raccoons overshadowed our time. Bring good repellent (we tried 3 different kinds and none worked) and all of our food had to be kept in our van because raccoons would attack our site at night and open our cooler, food bins, and even scratched open our collapsible water container!!

Received from Aimee for visit in June 2007


Site Number: Tent
Stay Again? YES
This place is great. 4 miles of empty beach and nice and quiet, if that is what you are looking for.

Received from NH for visit in May 2006


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
Spent 3 nights here. We really like the park. The beaches were really great. Overall the park is good to visit. About half the sites are nice and the other half are out in the open and have no privacy. The roads in the CG needs to be paved BAD! They are gravel and sand with lots of pot holes. It rained every day we were there and the roads were a mess. The bath rooms are HORRIBLE! They are very old and way to small to accomodate all the people that use them. They were dirty and the toilettes(sp?) overflowing in the floors every night. Bottom line is don't go unless your camper is fully self contained and you don't have to use the comfort stations.

Received from Frank T for visit in Jun 2005


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
Great camp ground, big sites, nice boardwalks to beach, and excellent wildlife. Lots of things to do.

Received from Tim L for visit in Apr 2005


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES



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