Hiking Trail
Sandpiper Pond Nature

(Huntington Beach State Park)


This easy 2-mile out and back trail in Huntington Beach State Park meanders past one of the best-preserved beaches in South Carolina’s upper coastal plain. You will walk on a boardwalk which passes over spartina grass and black pluffmud, then through a coastal forest of oaks, red cedars, and many creeping vines. You’ll soon come to a saltwater pond, where observation towers allow you to view a wide array of birds including herons, egrets, and ospreys. Huntington Beach State Park is among the East Coast’s premiere birding destinations, particularly during the winter migration period. If you’re especially interested in birds, continue north along the beach (staying off the dunes) to Murrells Inlet Jetty. It is an additional round trip of six miles. Be aware this trail tends to get somewhat soggy after rains. 

Length: 2.0 miles

Directions: From Myrtle Beach, drive south on US 17 south to Murrells Inlet. Huntington Beach State Park is on the left, three miles south of Murrells Inlet. 

Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!

Park Information: Huntington Beach State Park, 16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Telephone: 843-237-4440.

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Updated: August 8, 2006
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