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Huntington Beach State Park is a delight, featuring nature trails, wildlife observation decks, 3 ponds, 3-miles of pristine beach (in summer, look for the life-guarded area on South Beach), fishing, boating, camping, and biking. A section of the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway passes through here. The 18.6-mile (one way) paved multi-purpose path parallels US-17 from Pawleys Island to Garden City making it a fun way to get around and explore. The 2500-acre park encompasses diverse habitats including salt marsh, tidal waters, forest, sandy beach, and dunes which makes it one of the top spots for bird-watching in South Carolina. Over 300 species of birds have been seen here. Walk along the causeway to observe alligators basking in freshwater areas. Sitting within the park is Atalaya Castle. Built in 1931 and graced with Moorish-style architecture, the castle was the winter home of author Archer M Huntington, one of the wealthiest men at the time, and his wife Anna Hyatt, a well-known sculptor, who also designed the wrought iron work found here. Towering palm trees dot the landscape. At the end of September, Atalaya is host to the multi-day Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. There is a day use fee to enter the park and a small additional fee to tour Atalaya Castle.

16148 Ocean Hwy
Murrells Inlet, SC
(843) 237-4440
southcarolinaparks.com

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