Huntington Beach State Park

This state park claims to be one of the finest bird watching site on the East Coast. It has a freshwater lagoon, a salt marsh, two nature trails and a beach, camping sites and cabins and coastal exploration programs at 10am, 2pm and 4pm. The boardwalks extend into the marsh for wildlife viewing, and you can fish from the jetty or the pier with equipment borrowed for free. This is also the site of Atalaya, the summer home of Archer and sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington who established Brookgreen Gardens


  • Counties: Georgetown

  • Acreage: 2500

  • When & How PRT Acquired: Leased in 1960 from Brookgreen Trustees

  • Pets: Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.

  • Tour and Programs Information: The park also features its Coastal Exploration program. From March to November, "field trips" allow visitors to join staff educators for alligator viewing, marsh and nature trail exploration and more, including a close-up look at the history and mystery of Atalaya.

  • Significant Natural Features: Perhaps the best known "studiers" of wildlife at Huntington Beach State Park are the birders who for years have been coming to see some of the more than 300 species that have been recorded here, giving the park a reputation as a top spot on the East Coast. A birding checklist is available for enthusiasts to print.

    In addition to three miles of beach, much of the park is salt marshes, one of the world’s most productive eco-systems.

    Much of Huntington Beach’s marsh is now registered under the South Carolina Heritage Trust Program to help preserve its unusually pristine nature.

  • Historical Significance: Atalaya, a National Historic Landmark, stands as monument to the creativity and generosity of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.

    A noted scholar of Spanish culture and art, Archer Huntington modeled the couple’s winter home in the style of the Moorish architecture of the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

    Atalaya is handicapped accessible for the physically impaired.

  • Pay Phone on Site: Yes

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