Since 1935, a trip to the beach has meant a stay at Myrtle Beach State Park each year for hundreds of thousands of families from across the United States and Canada. Located in the heart of the bustling Grand Strand, one of America’s most popular and diverse vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach State Park also is a natural retreat, home to one of South Carolina’s last stands of easily accessible, oceanfront maritime forest. Programming and a nature center offer visitors the chance to learn more about dolphins, sea turtles and the abundant bird and plant life that grace the leafy park.
Enjoy fishing from the pier or surf fishing for flounder, king mackerel, whiting, trout, spots, Spanish mackerel, drum and blues. Pier fishing – Daily Fee: $4.50 12+; $2.92 SC senior; free for children age 11 and younger (annual fee available). The Pier also has a gift shop and includes bait/tackle, souvenirs and snacks. Fishing pier hours: April – October: 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; November- March: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
THINGS TO DO
Seven picnic shelters are available for family or other group gatherings. Each shelter may be reserved for $25-38/day.
Beach access is available beginning the third Saturday in November and continues through the last day of February for horseback riding. There is a $25.00 permit for each horse that enters the park. The permit is only for the horse.
The nature center offers saltwater aquariums, live reptiles and interactive natural history displays to help visitors understand the significance of the park. An outdoor wildlife habitat complete with bird feeder, bird houses, butterfly garden, bird baths and nature sculpture is available for viewing even when the nature center is not open.
The “Sculptured Oak Nature Trail” provides a rare opportunity to see one of the last stands of maritime forest on the northern coast of South Carolina. From the parking area for the Nature/Activity Centers, cross the road and begin an easy walk on the Sculptured Oak Trail to experience what the woodlands of the Grand Strand used to look like. You will pass through a forest of oaks, wax myrtles, hollies, poplars, and magnolias, which is the home of a diversity of birds, reptiles and amphibians.
You can go straight and visit an overlook at a pond (which is rain dependent), or turn left toward the beach. After a short walk you will come to a branch and the Yaupon Trail is on the right. Both the Sculptured Oak and Yaupon trails lead to the beach, which is accessible by boardwalks. If you are looking for a longer walk you go out on one, cross a parking area, and return on the other.
Restrooms and water are available at the office, and at facilities throughout the park. Insect repellent is recommended in warm weather. Sculptured Oak Trail 0.5 mile and the Yaupon Trail 0.4 mile.
Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at http://www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!
Park Information: Myrtle Beach State Park, 4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29575, Telephone: 843-238-5325.
This is a beautiful piece of nature right in the heart of Myrtle Beach. Make sure to visit and see the true beauty of the area untouched.