About Myrtle Beach - Top 6 Nature Walks in Myrtle Beach Area
1. Ocean Creek Resort - The 57-acre Ocean Creek Resort offers a resort destination unlike any other in Myrtle Beach. While being located directly across from Barefoot Landing, the stunning plantation style setting of Ocean Creek takes you away from the demands of everyday life and allows you to immerse yourself in relaxation. Here you can take a scenic walk around the resort on the paved paths, picnic under the trees, or watch the ducks splash around at the pond. You may even see a turtle sunning on a nearby rock. If you work up a sweat from your walk you will only be steps away from a cool dip in the pool or the ocean. This Myrtle Beach resort is the perfect place to get away from all the crowds while enjoying nature and everything the beach has to offer.
2. Brookgreen Gardens – If you love art and you love nature, then VMB Card Member Brookgreen Gardens is the place for you. Located south of Myrtle Beach, Brookgreen Gardens was the first ever public sculpture garden in America. While at the gardens you can view more than 1,400 pieces that are on display. Admission will get you entrance to the garden and additional excursions can be purchased for a more in-depth look at the landscape on their 48-foot pontoon boat. Be sure to plan an entire day for the Brookgreen Gardens so you and your family will have enough time to explore the entire park!
3. Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk – Check out the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk along this historic fishing village known as the Seafood Capitol. Lined with restaurants on one side and wildlife and the saltwater marsh on the other, the half-mile boardwalk is a popular place to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening. Live music tumbles over the balconies of local restaurants and fishing charters drift into the marsh on a daily basis. If you are lucky, you will be able to hear stories told by the locals about what it was like to grow up there. After a walk on the Marsh Walk you will be sure to be hungry and ready to check out some delicious seafood! Check out VMB Card Member Creek Ratz on the marsh. They offer a variety of tasty selections including Murrells Inlet clam chowder, filet of flounder, crab cakes, shrimp and grits (a southern favorite), clam strip po boy, Creek Rat reuben, pizza and so much more! Your visit to the Grand Strand won’t be complete without a visit to the Marsh Walk. The Marsh Walk is located in Murrells Inlet, south of Myrtle Beach.
4. Myrtle Beach State Park – Myrtle Beach State Park offers a completely different view of Myrtle Beach. You can choose to hike along its many trails, picnic under the trees or lay out in the sun on the beach. Prior to your nature walk you can pick up a birding list at the Nature Center if you plan to do some bird watching. Walk along the Sculpted Oak Nature Trail to see the beautiful maritime forest, try your hand at the park scavenger hunt, or play beach-maritime grassland bingo! Signs are posted along the trails identifying plants and trees to help with your excursion. Plus, if you are into geocaching you can do that here too!
5. Heritage Shores Nature Preserve – Located in North Myrtle Beach, the nature preserve is complete with boardwalks, observation docks and a 40-station interpretive trail allowing visitors to view wildlife and native plants. This unique park is situated on an island that reaches into the Cherry Grove Marsh. Be sure to enjoy scenic walks in this preserved part of the Grand Strand before your vacation is over!
6. Huntington State Park – If you want to see a stunning array of birds, and maybe even spot an alligator, then you and your family should check out Huntington State Park. Located in Murrells Inlet, this park offers a variety of nature-filled activities. Bird watching is popular at this park as it has been called one of the best places to view birds in the Southeast. Take your family along the 2-mile Sandpiper Pond Trail if you are up for a longer hike or check out the Interpretive Trails including the quarter-mile Kerrigan Trail and boardwalks over the marsh and the freshwater lagoon. If you’d rather not venture out on your own check out the Coastal Exploration Program to explore with a knowledgeable leader or visit the Nature Center, which is sure to be a hit with the kids!