UPDATE: Huntington Beach State Park has returned to normal operations for most of its facilities and areas. At the north end where the nature center stood, the facilities that are open include the wildlife observation decks and boardwalk, the beach access, picnic shelter and all parking lots. The park’s campground is open as well.
The south end, where the beach bathhouse, park office, historic structure Atalaya and trail into the maritime forest are located, also is open for visitors. For more information, call the park at 843-237-4440.
SPECIAL NOTICE: As many know, Huntington Beach State Park is a beautiful example of South Carolina’s upper coastal environment, featuring oceanfront, dunes, saltmarsh, freshwater pond and maritime forest habitats that support a wide variety of wildlife.
The nature center was an iconic structure that helped interpret this natural beauty and significance. Thousands of visitors came not only to learn more about Huntington Beach, but to find inspiration and make memories.
The SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism is currently assessing the loss of the center from an early-morning fire and will determine short-term as well as long-term goals once that assessment is complete.
Most of the park remains open, including the campground and the south end that includes the historic Atalaya home, park bathhouse, visitor center and trails into the maritime forest. The north end, including a picnic shelter and beach access, and the boardwalk / wildlife observation decks, will re-open once the incident site is secured.
SCPRT will continue to prioritize visitor service and safety, and will return to normal operations as soon as possible.
Our Ultimate Outsider stamp can be found in the gift shop.
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
Atalaya Audio Tour: 45 minutes in length, available year round, $4/person
Days and Hours of Operation
: Jan. 1 - Mar. 6 hours are 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mar. 7 - Apr. 3 hours are 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Apr. 4 - Nov. 6 hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Nov. 7 - Dec. 4 hours are 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Dec. 5 - 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 2016: Sept. 22, Oct. 28 - Oct. 31.
Nature Center Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday- Sunday, closed Monday.
: 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.