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Myrtle Beach State Park
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4401 South Kings HWY
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina   29575

Phone: 843-238-5325
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Located in the heart of the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach State Park is one of the most popular public beaches along the South Carolina coast.

This 312-acre oceanfront park plays a major role in preserving and maintaining a portion of the natural heritage of South Carolina's coastline.

This traditional state park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and has the distinction of being the first state park open to the public in South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach State Park includes a campground, cabins, nearly a mile of beach, picnic areas, a fishing pier and nature center.

In addition, a nature trail provides a rare opportunity to see one of the last stands of maritime forest on the northern coast of South Carolina.

Because of this distinction, the forest has been declared a Heritage Trust Site.
South Carolina offers a variety of Park Passports. You can read more about the South Carolina Park Passports and order online by visiting the SOUTH CAROLINA PARK PASSPORTS web page.
GeneralLand, acres42
 Water, acresOcean
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnic Shelters, #4
 Swimming Beach, feetOcean
 Bike Trailsyes
 Beach Concessionyes
CampingPrimitive, #12
 Electric Sites, #12
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sites, #12
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Campground Beachyes
AccommodationsFamily Cottages, #5
1. Myrtle Beach State Park offers a mile-long sandy beach for swimming.
2. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day ensuring safety.
3. Swimming is allowed all year round, but caution should be taken during off-seasons due to lack of lifeguard presence.
4. The park provides outdoor showers and restrooms near the beach area for swimmers' convenience.
5. There's also an accessible ramp leading down to the water making it easy even for those with mobility issues.

Enjoy fishing from the park's pier, surf or inshore areas. Species include flounder, king mackerel and Spanish mackerel. Other species are sea trout and whiting. Fishing gear can be rented on-site.

The 312-foot long pier is a prime spot for catching fish like sheepshead and black drum.

Fishing licenses aren't required when casting off from the pier but necessary elsewhere within park boundaries.

In addition to saltwater options, freshwater ponds offer opportunities to catch bass and catfish.

For those interested in crabbing or shellfishing; blue crabs & oysters also inhabit these waters.

Guided fishing tours provide an educational experience while increasing your chances of making a big catch!

Myrtle Beach State Park is located near Conway, Little River and Longs

1. Myrtle Beach State Park offers numerous picnic tables and shelters.
2. Shelters can be reserved for large gatherings or parties.
3. Picnic areas provide grills for barbecuing food items.
4. Some spots offer ocean views, perfect for a scenic lunch break.
5. The park's lush greenery provides ample shade during picnics.

Biking is allowed on the park's main road and campground. However, no specific bike trails are available.

Cyclists must remain cautious as roads can be busy with vehicular traffic during peak times.

Helmets are highly recommended for safety purposes while biking within this area of South Carolina.

Remember to follow all posted signs and rules when cycling in order to protect both yourself and local wildlife.

Please note that bicycles aren't permitted on any walking paths or boardwalks due to potential hazards.

Rental bikes may not always be readily accessible; consider bringing your own equipment if possible.
Birdwatching enthusiasts can enjoy spotting over 300 species of birds in the park. The area is home to a variety of habitats, including maritime forests and sandy beaches that attract different bird types throughout the year. Birders may see migratory songbirds during spring and fall migration periods or waterfowl in winter months on freshwater ponds within its boundaries. There are also several trails for easy access to prime viewing spots, with interpretive signs providing information about local avian life.
Nature Programs
Enjoy our educational and fun natural history programs in June, July and August. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, our fascinating and exciting programs are outstanding excursions for all ages. Learn about plankton, sharks and sea turtles; catch fish and crabs; go birdwatching; touch a snake or enjoy other activities.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 5 by Sonya_B_L
park review stars; one to five
March 22 great place to enjoy the beach by Leigh
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April 12 Neat experience!
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General Directions: Four miles south of Myrtle Beach on US Business 17.

Driving Directions: Located on Hwy 17, 4 mi S. of downtown Myrtle Beach.

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