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6 nature walks around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Peter Watson

Here are six hand-picked nature walks around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From beachside strolls to meanders through some fine county and state parks.

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Myrtle Beach is home to some superb walksKevin Ruck/Shutterstock

Myrtle Beach was recently ranked fourth on a list of America’s 100 best small cities and it's easy to see why. The report described the coastal city of over 30,000 permanent residents and popular vacation resort as "a funhouse – in the water and out."

With 60 miles of beautiful coastline, the city is famous for its stunning sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean, fun-filled days at the beach, verdant natural wonders, and the sun-bleached excess known as the Grand Strand.

Throw in infamously warm Southern hospitality, fresh coastal cuisine, and the city's unique flavor of fun and it's easy to see how the tourism board came up with its slogan "where happiness comes in waves".

As such, I've put together a list of my favorite nature walks around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, drawing on personal experience and recommendations from thousands of AllTrails users.

Plan your visit to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Video: Visit Myrtle Beach)

How the walks are chosen

I've completed some of the below walks during a visit but we know we didn't see everything. As such, I've complimented my list with some crowdsourced options.

Home to over 100,000 trails, AllTrails is one of the world’s premier hiking apps. It has over 20 million global users and is extensively downloaded in the United States.

Use this trail map to plan your Myrtle Beach walks (Map: AllTrails)

AllTrails user reviews are calculated using a five-star rating system with one star being terrible, two stars poor, three stars average, four stars very good and five stars excellent.

Six walks around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

I've selected my six favorite nature walks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I've whittled down the extensive list of trails – featuring hundreds of reviews – to the six best-rated walks according to their average score on the app.

1. The Hulk

Location: Horry County Bike and Run Park

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 9.7 km

Duration: 2-3 hours

The Horry County Bike & Run Park (AKA "The Hulk") is a 7-mile trail that twists and turns across 72 acres of land, sandwiched between Carolina Forest and the Intracoastal waterway. 

The Horry County Bike & Run Park (Image: @beerbellybikersupplyco)

A mixture of natural and boardwalk trails, the Hulk is loop trail that features a river and is rated as moderate.

The trail offers a number of activity options en route and dogs are allowed on the trail as long as they're kept on a leash.

2. Yaupon, Sculptured Oak and Pond Trail

Location: Myrtle Beach State Park

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 4.0 km

Duration: 1-2 hours

Along the far-reaching stretch of Grand Strand coastline, Myrtle Beach State Park sits nestled among the oceanfront maritime forest.

Myrtle Beach State Park (Image: @discover_carolinas)

A quiet, and surprisingly green escape from the otherwise bustling beach, the park provides educational opportunities, a nature trail and some of the best surf fishing South Carolina has to offer as well as stunning ocean views and another great fishing spot on Myrtle Beach pier.

The Yaupon, Sculptured Oak and Pond Trail is a moderately trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels.

The trail offers a number of activity options along the way and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

3. Market Commons Trail

Location: Market Commons Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 9.0 km

Duration: 2-3 hours

The Market Commons Trail is a lightly trafficked out and back trail located in the Grand Park Athletic Complex which features seven large multipurpose fields and two youth fields.

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Market Commons TrailDeanna Minkler/AllTrails

A mixture of paved, natural and boardwalk trails, the Market Commons Trail features a number of exercise stations, scenic views, plenty of parking and three towers for restrooms and concessions.

The multipurpose fields all have synthetic grass and lights and accommodate a variety of sports, including baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and football.

4. Myrtle Beach State Park to Boardwalk Beach Walk

Location: Myrtle Beach State Park

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 16.3 km

Duration: 4-5 hours

Another option through the Myrtle Beach State Park, this time taking in the delightful Boardwalk Beach Walk which is ideal for enjoying Myrtle Beach's famous sunsets.

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Those famous sunsets!Kevin Ruck/Shutterstock

The trail is a moderately trafficked out and back route that offers the chance to see wildlife en route. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from October until May.

Dogs are welcome on the trail but must be kept on a leash.

5. Grissom Parkway Trail

Location: East Coast Greenway

Difficulty: Easy-moderate

Distance: 20.3 km

Duration: 5-6 hours

This full-day hike is a moderately trafficked out and back trail and passes through a number of neighborhoods en route.

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An inviting rest stop along Grissom Parkway TrailBon Hen/AllTrails

The Grissom Parkway Trail is part of a network of multipurpose paved trails known as the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile system of paths connecting 15 states and 450 cities and towns for 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida.

The Parkway was named in honor of Bob Grissom, three-time mayor of Myrtle Beach who passed away in 1998.

The trail is suitable for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6. Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail

Location: Huntington Beach State Park

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 3.2 km

Duration: 1-2 hours

Huntington Beach State Park makes use of the sweeping Grand Strand beach with its pristine and wide-open spaces. As such, it's one of the most recognizable South Carolina landmarks.

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Huntington Beach State Park is great for birdwatchersMarynaG/Shutterstock

Revel in the sea-breeze, the finest surf fishing South Carolina has to offer and some of the top bird-watching on the East Coast.

This easy-going out and back trail meanders past one of the best-preserved beaches in South Carolina’s upper coastal plain.

The trail follows a boardwalk that passes over spartina grass and black pluffmud, then through a coastal forest of oaks, red cedars, and many creeping vines.

It also features a saltwater pond, where observation towers allow you to view a wide array of birds including herons, egrets, and ospreys.

Other shorter trails in the park include the Boardwalk Trail and the Kerrigan Nature Trail.

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Peter Watson is a writer, photographer and adventurer. A keen trekker and climber he can usually be found on the trails of the Greater Ranges. He’s visited over 80 countries and is currently focused on climbing the seven summits – the highest mountain on every continent. Four down, three to go... He has also travelled extensively around the US developing a penchant for American backcountry, abandoned buildings and natural wonders en route.

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