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
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.
Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at
to make your reservations today!
Huntington Beach State Park,
16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Telephone: 843-237-4440.
August 8, 2006
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