Huntington Beach State Park

We made a break for a 4 day weekend looking for a late fall beach getaway. Our destination for this outing was Huntington Beach State Park near Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina. The journey began on a Wednesday afternoon, and we headed off to our fist stop: the Crackell Barrell “RV Resort” near Lake Marion, Santee, SC.

A short 5 1/2 hour drive had us pulling in around 10:00 pm for an overnight stay and early morning pancake breakfast (which is a definite perk of the roadside resort). Then we got back on the road for our next stop: Georgetown, SC. The 3 or 4 block section of the historic downtown waterfront is a wonderful place to tour small shops and eateries.

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Since lunch time was upon us, and we managed to walk off the pancakes from earlier (doubtful), we decided to partake in some seafood. Buzz’s Roost on Front Street caught our attention, and the outdoor deck was dog friendly. We both enjoyed tacos (one shrimp, one honey glazed salmon).

Full again, we got back on the road for our final stop: Huntington Beach State Park, which was only about 20 minutes from Georgetown via Highway 17. Upon arrival to the park we were directed to the the main gift shop for check-in and registration. This process was well managed, and the gentlemen behind the counter had the narrative down to an art. We walked out knowing where our spot was, how to work the gate should we stay out beyond 10 pm, and all the rules regarding dogs in the park.

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The south end of Huntington Beach is pet friendly with only the bird sanctuary area off limits on the north end. All non-pet areas were well marked, and the beach itself was accessible from the campground via two paths, or a short bike ride to the north parking lot inside the state park. The jetty, where the locals fish, is under 2 miles from the parking lot.

The campground and park were well maintained with decent space between lots, clean bathhouses, and most sites offered full to partial shade.

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Over the next three days our primary mode of transportation was a bike – both in the park and on the main bike path leading into Murrell’s inlet. With its many restaurants, Murrell’s Inlet is about a 3 mile bike ride from the campground. We enjoyed a nice lunch on the deck of Graham’s Landing overlooking the bay and marsh area. They were even nice enough to furnish binoculars so we could hone in on the fishing action just yards from the deck. One caution…adult beverages, seafood, and a bicycle ride back to camp may not be the best choice. Moderation in one or more of these is recommended. You can decide which to moderate.

Outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, biking, touring the Atalaya House, and bird watching make for an enjoyable long weekend. We definitely plan to revisit the area.

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