Summer is in full swing and things are getting sticky. Head to the beach to beat the heat.
We’re celebrating freedom this month and there’s nothing more freeing than a day by the sea. Before you go, make sure your beach bag is packed with all the goods you’ll need, and don’t forget to check the tides.
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Huntington Beach State Park
More than a beach, this state park (Murrells Inlet) has many other features, including a saltwater marsh, freshwater lagoon and Atalaya Castle, a Moorish-style home you can tour. The home, formerly owned by sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and philanthropist Archer Huntington, was left as their legacy along with the park. The park covers 2,500 acres, including the three-mile beach.
Huntington Beach State Park must-dos
The park has a large campground with more than 100 sites. Each site has water and electricity and there are hot showers and bathrooms nearby. RVs, tents and everything in between can be accommodated in the campground.
The Huntington Beach State Park beachfront stretches for more than three miles. There is a large central parking area where you have access to numerous amenities, including showers and bathrooms.
The historic home is open for walking through on your own. There are also guided tours at various times and frequency depending on the time of the year.
There are a number of trails throughout the park, with each trail serving different needs. Some trails are long and offer decent hiking routes while others are geared toward birders and others seeking good wildlife viewing opportunities.