Huntington Beach State Park
is a small coastal preserve and state
park near Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, with a large sandy beach and few
An afternoon view across the expansive
salt marsh at Huntington Beach State Park in the fall.
The park, originally property of Archer M. Huntington
, was donated after his death
and takes its name from him. His winter home, Atalaya Castle, is also located on the park.
the Great Depression
by only local
workers, it was designed to withstand hurricanes. The Friends of
Huntington Beach State Park offer scheduled tours of the house and
operate the Atalaya Visitor Center with exhibits about the house
and the Huntingtons.
The park features several species of birds of the southeast coast
of the United Statesfor for bird watching
It hosts many types of ducks
in winter in both fresh and saltwater marshes.
It has a jetty where oceanbirds like gannets
occasionally alcids like razorbills
can be found. Local birders frequently
refer to the park as "HBSP" in communications.
The Education Center features natural history displays and live
animals, including a saltwater touch tank and a live baby alligator
among its exhibits. Park naturalists offer free programs about the
park's wildlife and habitat. The center is open Tuesday through
Sunday year-round, and is located at the marsh boardwalk.
Other park features includes the beach, jetty, campground, trails
and gift shop.