Little River, S.C.
The earliest settlement in Horry County maintains its character as a small fishing village.
Originally called "Mineola" by Native Americans, the translation "Little River" serves as the namesake of the town and the body of water that flows from the Atlantic Ocean along the waterfront (Mineola Avenue) and forms the state border with North Carolina.
The Intracoastal Waterway begins its inland track to Georgetown at this point, and much of life in Little River is based on boating, fishing and watersports.
Marinas line the coast and waterway, as do seafood restaurants, casino boats and outfitters.
The village knows how to throw a party, hosting the famous Little River Blue Crab Festival in the spring and the Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival in the fall.
Although the area has been settled by farmers and fishermen since the late 1600s, the village remains unincorporated.
Waterfront condos and golf villas make up much of the new real estate, although single-family home developments are going up in inland areas.
The Horry County Police provide service to the area and a small volunteer fire department is supported by Horry County Fire & Rescue.
About the area
- Population: 8,960
- Average home price: $177,779 (includes houses and condo units)
- Government Information: Little River Chamber of Commerce, 1180 Highway 17, P.O. Box 400, Little River, SC 29566
- Contact: (843) 249-6604 or www.littleriverchamber.org
- Schools: Public - North Myrtle Beach Primary (Excellent), North Myrtle Beach Elementary (Excellent), North Myrtle Beach Intermediate (Good) North, Myrtle Beach Middle (Excellent), North Myrtle Beach High (Excellent); Private - North Myrtle Beach Christian Academy (K-12).
Taking a closer look at one of the most popular communities in the Myrtle Beach area:
Many visitors are still surprised to find open countryside located so close to the beach, but Nixons Crossroads in the southern section of Little River is one of the great places to find some farmland or extra acreage in a rural setting just a short drive from the beach.
New roads have made this area more accessible and the small community growing, particularly along the Intracoastal Waterway.