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Nature - Myrtle Beach State Parks

Visiting state parks has long been the classic family vacation pastime. This time tested activity is perfect for the whole family, or a couple seeking a romantic getaway. Huntington Beach State Park and Myrtle Beach State Park are both located within a short drive of all 7 Defender Resorts.

Huntington Beach State Park, located in Murrells Inlet features a large beach area, lagoon, salt marsh and a new 26 mile bike trail. Guests of the park can camp, fish and hike while being surrounded by a beautiful natural coastline. The Huntington Beach State Park is famous for being one of the best bird watching spots on the east coast. When guests are done watching the birds, they can observe alligators in the lagoons, and other wildlife living in their untouched natural habitat.

Throughout March to November the park offers a Coastal Exploration program. This program allows visitors to follow staff educators on a tour of the park, including alligator viewing and nature trail exploration. The park is home to Atalaya, the home of Anna Hyatt and Archer Huntington, philanthropists and sculptress. The park was left as their lasting legacy and Defender Resorts Atalaya Towers is named respectively. Cost of admittance into the park is $5 for adults, $3.25 for S.C. seniors, $3 for youth, and free for children 5 and under. Admission into the Atalaya home is $1 for those ages 6 and up.

For more information about Huntington Beach State Park visit www.southcarolinaparks.com.

After visiting Huntington State Park, visitors can drive 20 minutes north to Myrtle Beach State Park, located just off of Highway 17 North in Myrtle Beach. The park has a one mile beach area, a fishing pier and over 300 campsites and cabins. The Myrtle Beach State Park is a perfect place to spend a whole day. The park even has picnic shelters, an activity center, nature center, hiking trails and free nature programs perfect for the kids. The Myrtle Beach State Park is also a "Discover Carolina Site". These sites provide educational programs for South Carolina Children. Admission to the park is $5 for adults, $3.25 for S.C. seniors, $3 for children ages 6-15 and free for children 5 and under.