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Check out the results from the Gator Gauntlet 5K, here!

Beach Access #6 (between campsites 7 and 9) is temporarily closed for repairs.  It is in the final stages of completion and will be open very soon. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Due to increasing demand and limited parking, temporary park closures have become frequent on weekends and holidays from March through September. Parking is first-come, first-serve and is limited. Visitors are strongly encouraged to arrive outside peak hours (10 am- 2 pm). Park visitors are also encouraged to check with park staff on current parking availability prior to departing if they plan to return, as they could be turned away due to a park closure. For more information on park closures call 843-237-4440.

To protect the park and our neighbors, Brookgreen Gardens, which leases the property to South Carolina State Parks, and the South Carolina Forestry Commission are actively working on a critical forest management and hazard mitigation project in the park. With more trees than the land can sustain and layers of natural debris, the park’s thick pine forest and dense understory are a high risk for dangerous wildfires. Professional crews are working to reduce fuel loads in the forest through resource management strategies like installing fire breaks and completing timber thins. Learn more about this critical project and how it could impact your visit here.

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6 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily (extended to 10 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time)

Atalaya Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., daily (extended to 5 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time) PLEASE NOTE: Atalaya is the venue for many large events throughout the year and may be closed in correspondence to these events. For current information, please contact the park office.


9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily (extended to 8 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time)

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$8/adult; $5/ S.C. Senior; $4/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

Atalaya admission: $2/person ages 6 and up. Children 5 and under admitted free.

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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.

Huntington Beach State Park  Has Wifi

Wifi Available

Huntington Beach State Park  Has EV Charging Station

EV Charging Station

Huntington Beach State Park


Things To Do

Explore the Huntington Beach State Park Nature Center! 

  • The Nature Center:  The Nature Center at Huntington Beach State Park is filled with exhibits displaying the bird and marine life of the area.  One of the most popular exhibits in the touch tank with local species of marine life. There is a birding exhibit and an alligator exhibit along with many aquariums. The Nature Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.
  • Fishing Information: Surf fishing and fishing from the jetty are popular pastimes for guests. A valid S.C. fishing license is required.

  • Fishing: Yes
  • Saltwater Fishing: Yes
  • Boating and Boat Access: To access the inlet, a boat ramp is located one mile from the park entrance at Oyster Landing.

  • Boating: Yes
  • Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wi-fi is available in our campground and at the park Visitor Center. Please check at the Visitor Center for password information.

  • Park Store/Gift Shop: The park store/gift shop is open year-round and offers limited grocery items, souvenirs, snacks, t-shirts and firewood.

  • Picnic Shelters: Yes
  • Swimming: Swimming is allowed in the Atlantic Ocean at your own risk. We do not have lifeguards.

  • Bird Watching: The park is known as one of the best birding sites in the Southeast. A wide variety of birds can be seen at various locations throughout the park, year round. Visit the Nature Center for more information.

  • Geocaching: Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

  • Biking: Yes
  • Birding: Yes
  • Hiking Trails: The two mile Sandpiper Pond Trail is ideal for hiking.

  • Interpretive Trails: The 1/4-mile Kerrigan Trail and numerous boardwalks extend out into the saltmarsh and freshwater lagoon for exceptional wildlife viewing.

  • Hiking: Yes


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