A sweeping Grand Strand beach, pristine and wide open, stands as one of the most recognizable South Carolina landmarks
. Revel in sea-breeze camping, the finest surf fishing South Carolina
has to offer and some of the top bird-watching on the East Coast. That’s not all Huntington Beach State Park has to offer.
There are also South Carolina landmarks such as Atalaya, the picturesque, Moorish-style winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington
, philanthropist and sculptor, respectively, who left the park and adjacent Brookgreen Gardens as their legacy.
Nature lovers also will enjoy the park’s Nature Center and wide variety of programming, including the chance to see loggerhead turtles and other endangered plant and animal species up close. The park’s freshwater lake is a sure-fire place to see alligators and sometimes even a mink or two.
Art lovers, meanwhile, flock by the thousands to the prestigious, juried Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival held each September in and around the former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.
HOURS AND ADMISSION
: $5/adult; $3.25/ S.C. Senior; $3/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.
Atalaya admission: $2 per entry to the house for visitors ages 6 and up. Children 5 and under admitted free. This fee is in addition to the park entry fee, to help preserve and protect Atalaya.
Guided Atalaya Tours: Guided tours of Atalaya are offered March 1 - Oct. 31, 2012.
Atalaya Audio Tour: 45 minutes in length, available year round, $4/person
Days and Hours of Operation
: April 1 - Nov. 3 hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., Nov. 4 - Dec. 1 hours are 6 a.m. - 8 p.m., Dec. 2 - 31 hours are 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Atalaya Hours: 9am-5pm, daily, year round. PLEASE NOTE: Atalaya will be closed on the following dates in 2014: Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and Oct. 27.
: Huntington Beach State Park is a dog friendly park year round. Please keep in mind that all dogs must remain on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Please clean up after your pet. Dogs are allowed on the south end of the beach. Dogs are prohibited in buildings, including Atalaya and on the north end of the beach. The north end extends from the beach access at the north parking lot to the jetty.