Huntington Beach State Park
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Introduction

Huntington Beach State Park is the perfect vacation destination for RV campers. Not only will you have access to three miles of perfectly pristine beach, sand, and sea, but you’ll also get to see the national historic landmark, Atalaya. Atalaya was the winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, of whom the park came to be named after. The couple was very well-to-do, as Archer was a philanthropist, and Anna was a sculptor. Although they were originally from up further north, they loved this region in the wintertime and would migrate here to this Moorish-style home to get away from the cold. Nowadays people come from all over to get a view of the pretty scenery and wildlife that makes this park so great. There are many endangered plants and animals that call this park their home, and you can see it all for yourself when you visit. If you're into arts, then the Arts and Crafts Festival that they hold every September is an event that you don’t want to miss out on. If you love to fish, the ocean brings plenty of opportunities for fishermen and boaters alike. There is so much to discover and enjoy at Huntington Beach State Park, and you can experience it all for yourself when you bring your RV here.

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Transportation in Huntington Beach State Park

Driving

Getting to the park is quite easy. If you’re coming from Murrells Inlet, just drive three miles south on Highway 17, and you find the park on your left. If you’re coming from Georgetown, the park is just 20 miles north taking Highway 17, and then it’ll be on your right. There are no driving restrictions inside the park - just make sure to follow South Carolina laws and you’ll be good to go.

Parking

You shouldn’t have any problems finding parking for your RV. There are plenty of parking areas, and if the park begins to get full, they have you covered with overflow parking. Another great thing about parking at Huntington Beach State Park is that is it completely free once you’re inside.

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Campgrounds and parking in Huntington Beach State Park

Campsites in Huntington Beach State Park

Reservations camping

RV Camping at Huntington Beach State Park

When you choose to bring your RV to camp at Huntington Beach State Park, you’ll be guaranteed to have all the amenities you could need. There are 107 standard campsites with electric and water hookups, and 66 full hookup campsites that also have sewer hookups along with water and electric. These campsites are divided between the North and South Campgrounds, both of which offer beach access. The North Campground is closest to the Sandpiper Pond, while the South Campground is near Atalaya.

Many sites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, and the rest of the sites can hold RVs up to 30 feet. You’ll also have hot showers conveniently located nearby, so that you can continue to feel clean, no matter how long you choose to stay at the park. There is also a dump station in the area that is open for you to use. Wi-fi is available during your entire stay as well, so you won’t have to leave the rest of the world behind when you come camping. You’ll need to make reservations at least a day in advance, and make reservations for at least two nights in order to stay at this welcoming campground. Reservations can be made up to 13 months in advance. Pets are welcome to join you during your stay.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

While reservations are highly recommended you might be able to snag a spot on a first-come, first-served basis if there are any available.

Alternate camping

Tent Camping

If you changed your mind about bringing your RV along with you, you can choose to go tent camping instead. There are six rustic tent sites located at the North Campground that have tent pads to make your area more comfortable. They also have water available for you to drink and wash up with. You can also just set up a tent at one of the other sites that offer electric and water hookups, but these amenities probably won’t be of any use to you. Tent camping is a great way to get more in touch with nature as you feel the ground beneath you and the elements all around you. Rules for reservations still apply for tent camping, so if you’re making reservations, be sure to do so at least a day ahead and reserve two or more nights, but there are first-come, first-serve options available as well.

Seasonal activities in Huntington Beach State Park

In-Season

Fishing

Here at the park, you’ll find three miles of beach that is completely open to you. This can serve as the perfect opportunity for some saltwater fishing. You can also try surf fishing or fishing from the jetty if you prefer. Make sure that you have a valid South Carolina fishing license before heading out.

Boating

Feel free to take the boat out on the water, if you’ve brought it with you on your trailer. You can use the boat ramp that’s located at Oyster Landing, just one mile from the park’s entrance. This will give you convenient access to the inlet here. Boating can be an excellent way to enjoy the park and the ocean in the summertime.

Swimming

The three miles of open beach is perfect for going for a dip. Just think about it - you have the opportunity to swim in the giant Atlantic Ocean - all right here at Huntington Beach State Park. The summertime is the best time of the year to go swimming at the beach, not only because the water is warmer, but also because lifeguards are on duty during this time so you can stay safe. So once you're ready to dive in, head out of your camper and over to the sunny shores of the beach.

Hiking

While there are a few short nature trails here that offer great views, such as the Boardwalk and Kerrigan Nature Trail, the best trail for a great hike is Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail. This trail is two miles long and easy to trek, making it ideal for a walk on the beach, while also allowing you to experience red cedar and oak forest.

Touring Atalaya

Built in 1931, Atalaya was the winter home of Anna and Archer Huntington, whom the park is named after. This gorgeous castle was built with Moorish architecture design, inspired by the Spanish Mediterranean Coast. During the summer you can take a tour of this stunning mansion, learn about its architecture, and hear stories about the interesting lives of the Huntingtons.

Off-Season

Picnicking

There are three picnic shelters available for use at the park. If you’re looking for a place to have a family gathering or special celebration, reserving one of these shelters is never a bad idea. If the picnic shelters have not been reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like to make reservations to secure your area though, you can easily do so.

Bird Watching

It just so happens to be that Huntington Beach State Park provides birdwatchers with some of the best bird-viewing opportunities in the Southeast. There are so many different kinds of birds that you can spot all throughout the park. When you visit during the off-season when it’s colder everywhere else, you can see the migratory birds that come to stay here for the winter. If you’d like more information on the birds in the area, you can visit the Information Center.

Geocaching

Geocaching - a modern-day version of the treasure hunt game, that uses GPS coordinates to find different geocaches - is allowed here. You can get more information at the Information Center. All through the park are hidden caches that are there for you to find - how many can you find before it’s time to leave the park?

Biking

There is nothing quite like riding your bike across the beach with the wind flowing behind you. Many people bring their bikes to the park so they can do just that. Plus, it’s a great way to great some exercise without making your feet sore. If you decide to go bring your bike in your RV during the off-season you won’t have to worry as much about crowds and other bicyclers.

Attending Park Events

Throughout the off-season, the park hosts some thrilling events that you can attend. Every year in March the park hosts the Three-in-One Day where you can join the celebration of Anna and Archer Huntington's birthdays and wedding anniversary. The park is named after the Huntington's who used to live on this land. If you travel to the park in your RV in the fall you might be able to catch an annual arts and crafts festival or the fall festival at Atalaya.

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