Huntington Beach State Park
16148 Ocean HWY | Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 | Phone: 843-237-4440 | Fax: 866-890-3977 | huntingtonbeach@scprt.com

Trails

Boardwalk

Length: 0.1 miles
Type: Walking Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Description: From the parking area, you will walk on a boardwalk that extends into a saltwater marsh where you will pass over spartina grass and pluff mud laced with oysters. About midway is an observation area where you may see a wide variety of shore birds and wading birds. For those serious bird­watchers, some possible sightings may be sandhill cranes, rosette spoonbills, and swallow­tailed kites. The best time to see migratory songbirds is spring and fall. Migratory shorebirds are present during winter, spring, and fall. This is also home for a variety of animals including alligators and loggerhead turtles. 

Kerrigan Nature Trail

Length: 0.3 miles
Type: Hiking Trail
Difficulty: Easy 
Description: From the parking area, it is an easy walk to a boardwalk, which extends onto a fresh­water lagoon. From an observation area, you may see a wide variety of shore birds and wading birds. For those serious bird­watchers, some possible sightings may be sandhill cranes, rosette spoonbills, and swallow­tailed kites. The best time to see migratory songbirds is spring and fall. Migratory shorebirds are present during winter, spring, and fall. This is also home for a variety of animals including alligators!

Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail

Length: 2.0 miles
Type: Hiking Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Description: This easy 2-mile out and back trail 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.