Located just off South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach State Park is often used by tourists as a launching pad for visiting other Myrtle Beach’s attractions. However, the park itself also has a variety of entertainment options to offer. People come here for hiking, biking, strolling, camping, picnicking, soaking up the sun, swimming in the ocean, and spending time with their families and four-legged friends.
Location and Access
Located at 4401 South Kings Highway near the Myrtle Beach Airport, Myrtle Beach State Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from March through November and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. from December through February.
The standard entrance fee for adults is $8, for senior citizens (65 and older) – $5, and for children (6 to 15) – $4. Small children of 5 and younger can enter for free.
The park has a large campground with 302 sites scattered under the shade of pines and quite close to the beach. It’s a cozy place to stay but it’s usually quite busy. Reservations are not obligatory, but in summer and on holiday weekends, it is better to make reservations in advance to make sure you’ll get a spot.
Myrtle Beach State Park has a mile of beautiful sandy beach, which is a part of the Grand Strand but quite unlike its other parts – not as crowded and much quieter. If you’re looking for a more tranquil vacation at the seaside, this is the place to go.
The beach is close and easy to reach on foot. The sand is white and soft, with plenty of shells for shell collecting. Swimming in the ocean is enjoyable but look out for sharks. There are lifeguards on duty.
Beach Sections and Facilities
Most of the beach facilities including restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic facilities, a parking lot, a playground, and a boardwalk are located in the northern half of the beach. The southern section is less developed and has only restrooms and a parking area. If you want to feel closer to nature, go there, there are a larger dune field and rare maritime forest with a few hiking trails.
The park rules allow fishing from the beach when it is not crowded with sunbathers and swimmers. Additionally, there is a fishing pier.
There is quite a bit of wildlife on the beach and in the park – you can see jellyfish, sea turtles, crabs, squirrels, various birds, snakes, and raccoons. The park has miles of hiking trails to stroll and watch wild animals and birds.
- 1 hour 35 minutes from Wilmington, NC
- 1 hour 50 minutes from Charleston, SC
- 3 hours 25 minutes from Charlotte, NC
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Myrtle Beach State Park which you can visit: