Huntington Beach, South Carolina

Atalaya Castle in Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach is less than 15 miles south of Myrtle Beach and if I’d known about it sooner, I would have stayed more than 2 days. This is a great place to explore nature, ride bikes, play on the beach, or tour the historic building of Atalaya Castle, the winter home of the Huntingtons. Dogs are not allowed in the buildings but leashed dogs can take the boardwalk hike or play on the beach. There is a $5.00 per day day use fee for the park and the home tour is $2.00. This park is home to protected species and also alligators so some areas are limited in where you can walk and pets must always be leashed.

The park has a large visitor’s center with souvenirs, gifts and camping supplies and is just across from the day use picnic area. I didn’t tour the inside of the Atalaya Castle although I could have left the dogs in the motorhome to take the tour but we did walk the grounds. The boardwalk trail across from Atalaya is .1 mile and we walked most of this. There were some super large alligators very close to the edge of the boardwalk and I didn’t trust my dogs to stay right in the middle of the walk and not venture to the edge so I turned around before we’d gotten to the end. I was there in October and it was quite busy so I can imagine it would be very crowded in the summer.

This state park features two campgrounds, a newer one and an older one. We camped in the newer one but I think the older one has more atmosphere, larger sites, and doesn’t resemble a parking lot as much. There are also two other hiking trails within the park but we didn’t take those on our visit.

Atalaya Castle
In front of the visitor’s center

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