What Are the Best Ways to Experience Huntington Beach State Park?

While hanging out on the sand is everyone’s favorite way to spend their trip to the Hammock Coast, there are a few places worth visiting. Head over to Huntington Beach State Park for a fun family adventure to untouched beaches and a beautiful historic home. It’s only a few minutes from your beach home, so you won’t have to worry about a long drive! 

For more ways to make the most of your time on the Hammock Coast, be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best things to do and places to see in the Pawleys Island area! 

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Huntington Beach State Park Things to Do 

Coastal Exploration Programs 

Want to enjoy some adventure together? You’ll find an array of Coastal Exploration Programs ranging from kayaking excursions in the marshland to nature walks on the many trails in the park. Be sure to check ahead of time to see whether or not they are running any of these programs during your visit. 


While you’ll find many large beach houses along the Hammock Coast, nothing compares to Atalaya. This 20th-century Moorish-style castle in Huntington Beach State Park is a remarkable work of art. This home was the winter retreat for philanthropist Archer Huntington and his wife, Anna. You can take a self-guided tour of the home and grounds for a fun look into the past. 

Beach Walking and Nature Trail Hiking 

There are several trails weaving and winding through the beautiful coastal ecosystems within Huntington Beach State Park. They are easy and family-friendly, with the longest trail only two miles in length. Of course, you can also go for a stroll on the serene, untouched beaches. 

Huntington Beach State Park Visitor Information 


Huntington Beach State Park is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (extended to 10 p.m. during daylight savings) throughout the year except for holidays. Atalaya is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (extended to 5 p.m. during daylight savings). However, it also hosts many events throughout the year, so you may not be able to visit during your trip. 


Park admission is $8 for adults, $5 for a South Carolina senior citizen, and $4 for children between the ages of six to 15 (free for children under six). Admission to Atalaya is $2 per person for anyone six and older. 

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