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Please be aware that parking is first-come, first-serve and is LIMITED. Shelter guests are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to arrive outside peak hours (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) especially on weekends and holidays in the summer. The park is extremely busy during this time and may reach normal capacities and close for a period of time. Should you forget something, you may want to check our retail stores before leaving the park, as the wait to re-enter could be extensive, and you could be turned away if the park is at capacity.

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Park Hours:
Daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m., March-Nov.; Daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Dec.-Feb.

Campers arriving after 9:30 p.m. should contact the ranger station for the gate code.

Ranger Station Hours:
8 a.m.- 9:30 p.m., daily.
Ranger Station Number: 843-238-0107

Pier Store Hours:
6:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., daily.
Pier Store Number: 843-238-5326

Reservation Center Hours:
9 a.m- 5 p.m., M-Fr.
Reservation Number: 866-345-7275, option 1.


Park office is open daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Park Office Number: 843-238-5325

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$8 adults; $5/SC seniors (age 65 & older);
$4/ child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

Additional charges apply for pier fishing, overnight camping and certain park programs. Please visit the corresponding pages on this website for specifics.

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Pets are not allowed in the cabins or the cabin areas. Pets are not allowed on the beaches from 10am until 5pm (7 days a week) May 1 through Labor Day. This is a county ordinance that is effective on all public beaches in Horry County. Pets are allowed in most other outdoor areas year round, provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.

Bikes are also not allowed on the beach during the same time periods as pets.

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Things To Do

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FISHING PIER NOTE:  You DO NOT need a South Carolina fishing license to fish from the pier; however, you do have to pay for daily fishing.  See below for rates or click here for more information

There are a variety of fish, shark, crab, and stingray photos to help you identify your catch and to see if state rules and regulations allow you to keep it. Look for the photos on the posts underneath the shelter on the end of the pier.

Find out the SCDNR fish regulations on fish that can be caught off the Myrtle Beach State Park pier.

  • Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing or crabbing from the pier or surf fishing for flounder, king mackerel, whiting, trout, spots, spanish mackerel, drum and blues. Fishing for sharks is prohibited from the fishing pier.

    South Carolina requires all individuals fishing from the shore/surf to purchase a saltwater fishing license. Licenses can be purchased from bait stores and major retailers or online through SC Department of Natural Resources.No surf fishing is allowed on the beach where lifeguards are on duty.

    Fishing rod rentals: Fishing rods can be rented from the pier gift shop for $25/day. A refundable $25 deposit is required for each rod rented. Each rod rented comes with one (1) daily fishing pass. Rods must be returned an hour before the pier gift shop closes.
  • Fishing Pier: The park has a fishing pier that stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean for prime fishing. You DO NOT need a South Carolina fishing license to fish from the pier; however, you do have to pay for daily fishing. Costs for pier fishing are as follows:

    Daily fishing pier pass: $8 ages 16 and older; $5 SC senior 65 and older and disabled; $3 children ages 6-15; free ages 5 and under.

    An annual pass for the calendar year is available. The pass is $150 ages 16 and older; $100 SC senior 65 and older and disabled; and $75 ages 6-15.

    Both the daily pass and the annual pass may be purchased at the pier.

    7-day passes are available for registered Myrtle Beach State Park campers ONLY, and can be purchased at the campground store.

    If you're planning to crab from the pier, watch this video to learn how.
  • Fishing: Yes
  • Saltwater Fishing: Yes
  • Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wi-fi is available throughout the campground, at the Ranger Station and at the pier gift shop for park guests.

  • Playground Equipment: Yes
  • Picnic Shelters: Yes
  • Playground: The park has two main playgrounds for visitor fun! One is located in the main picnic area near the beach, and the other is in the campground located between circles three and five.

  • Swimming Area with Lifeguard: Horry County lifeguards are stationed on the beach north of the pier from mid-May until mid-Sept.

  • Swimming: Swimming is permitted anywhere in the Atlantic Ocean at your own risk.

  • Bird Watching: Bird watching is a popular activity at the park. A birding list is available in the Nature Center or you can download a copy here. Great times for bird watching include the spring and fall migration periods.

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

  • Biking: Yes
  • Birding: Yes
  • Other Facilities and Activities: A recreation area has horse shoes and bocce ball for overnight guests near the Nature Center. A cornhole game is also located beside the ranger station. Equipment for the games is located inside the ranger station.

  • Equestrian Trails: Beach access is available beginning the third Saturday in November and continues through the last day of February for horseback riding. There is a $60 permit for each horse that enters the park. The permit is only for the horse. The daily admission still applies. Horses are not allowed in the park overnight. Riders must have current Negative Coggins papers for each horse brought into the park (per SC Code of Laws, Act 13, 1976, Sec 1, Chapter 13, Title 47).

  • Walking/Nature Trails: The Sculptured Oak Nature Trail provides a rare opportunity to see one of the last stands of maritime forest on the northern coast of South Carolina.
  • Biking Trails: You may bike on the nature trail and throughout the park, as long as you are careful and obey traffic rules. Please use caution when encountering walkers. There are restrictions during the summer months for riding bikes on the beach.

    Bikes are not allowed on the beach from 10am-5pm, seven days a week, from May 1 through Labor Day. This is a county ordinance that is effective on all public beaches in Horry County.


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