Coastal Exploration Programs


Huntington Beach State Park provides beach access along with being a nature preserve. The park hosts a reputation as one of the best bird watching areas on the South Carolina coast and home to American alligators, bald eagles and nesting loggerhead sea turtles. All Coastal Exploration programs are free with park admission unless otherwise noted on the program description.

Admission Fee: $5/adult; $3/youth age 6-15; free/ ages 5 and under

Atalaya Admission Fee: $2 Per Person

Program Descriptions

Alligators - (Meet at Atalaya) Observe alligators, wading birds, waterfowl and more while learning about freshwater wetland habitats. (1 hr)

Atalaya Tour – (Meet at entrance to Atalaya) Take a fascinating tour of the winter home of Archer and Anna Huntington with a docent guide from the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park. (1 hr.)


Beachcombing – (Meet at North Beach Parking Lot) Search for seashells and other beach bounty during this guided walk led by an experienced park naturalist. (1 hr.)

Coastal Birding – ( Meet at Causeway Parking Lot) Join local birders Frank Lawkins, Paul & Richard Laurent (they alternate weeks) for a walk along the causeway in search of wading birds, waterfowl, eagles and more. (1 hr.)

Coastal Kayaking - Enjoy a two hour guided tour of the salt marsh. Excellent for beginners. For reservations please call Black River Outdoors Center (843-546-4840) by 4:00 pm Sunday prior to the program. Designed for ages 9 and up, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring drinking water, sunscreen, and lace-up shoes that can get wet and muddy. $40/ person. Meet at the Gift Shop by 9:45 am, then drive to Oyster Landing. (2 hrs.)

Fish Printing - Come learn the ancient art of fish printing! Bring a T-shirt or pillow case to print; fabric paints and paper will be provided. (1hr.) *$3/person. *Purchase tickets at the Park Store, free with Park Passport Plus* (Not offered April 1st)

Secrets of the Salt Marsh - Enjoy a unique look at one of the most productive ecosystems in the world and examine some of the inhabitants of the                      salt marsh.(1 hr.)

Snakes and Reptiles - Learn how important our snakes and their cold-blooded kin are during this entertaining talk that also looks at turtles, lizards, and crocodilians. (1 hr.) (Not offered April 1st)

Spineless Wonders - Come get acquainted with some of the weirdest animals in the ocean as we discover that there's more to life than a backbone! (1 hr.)

The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park is a nonprofit organization that provides physical and monetary assistance for Huntington Beach State Park. The goal of the Friends is to improve the quality of the experience of visitors to the park. All proceeds (above cost) from our Fundraisers go directly to this park. Anyone can help the Friends achieve their goal by becoming a Volunteer or making a monetary donation.
Click on the link below for the Volunteer Application or go to our webstore to make a donation.


*Friends Application