Myrtle Beach Attraction Spotlight: Myrtle Beach State Park

By Marissa Polascak
March 27, 2018

The Grand Strand is home to over 60 miles of beautiful sandy beach, but one favorite spot for locals and visitors to the Myrtle Beach area is the Myrtle Beach State Park. This natural attraction is one of 16 South Carolina State Parks to be built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, as well as one of two state parks along the Grand Strand; the other being Huntington Beach State Park. In fact, Myrtle Beach State Park was the first South Carolina state park to open back in 1936!

Myrtle Beach State Park is located on the south end of Myrtle Beach, tucked away in a preserved maritime forest that will take your breath away. Visitors to the park enjoy walking along the nature trails as well as strolling on the gorgeous beach while the waves crash against the shore. Count your steps towards a weight loss goal, collect shells, or just stroll at your own pace and take in the beauty of your surroundings.

One popular attraction at the Myrtle Beach State Park is the pier. The pier is great for a day of fishing, or, if you’re not into fishing, you can also take a leisurely walk and enjoy the beautiful views while the sun kisses your skin. The pier is also home to a gift shop where you can rent fishing gear and purchase souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

If you love to go camping, consider setting up camp at Myrtle Beach State Park. Myrtle Beach State Park boasts 204 campsites as well as 6 cabins that are located only 200 yards from the beach. Out of the 204 campsites, 66 of them have full hookups for water, sewer, and electricity, making your stay as convenient as possible.

Many people who aren’t camping in the park visit for a fun day at the beach or for the walking trails. There are 7 different picnic shelters in the park that can be used for family reunions, birthday parties, group gatherings, and much more.

Families and kids-at-heart will love the three playgrounds as well as the education center which features live reptiles, saltwater aquariums, and more to educate the public about the nature of the Myrtle Beach area. There is also an outdoor wildlife habitat where guests can see a butterfly garden and check out birds hanging out around the bird feeder, birdhouses, and birdbaths.

Admission to the park can be paid for on-site and is $5 for adults; $3.25 for seniors (65+); $3 for children 6-15; and free for children 5 and under.

Park Passports are also available for purchase. The Park Passport Plus allows unlimited admission to all of the South Carolina State Parks for one year for only $99! This also includes free admission to park programs, free admission to the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival held each year at Huntington Beach State Park, and much more. The Statewide Park Passport is only $75 and includes free unlimited admission to all of the 47 South Carolina State Parks without the added perks of the Park Passport Plus. These passes can be purchased online at southcarolinaparks.com or in person at any South Carolina state park office.