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

2019 Calendar

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Huntington Beach State Park
Calendar •  2019


Take a fascinating tour of the winter home of the Huntington's, a national historic monument, with a guide from the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park. Atalaya admission is $2/person. (1 hr.)


Did you know that Huntington Beach State Park has the highest diversity of bird species in all of South Carolina? Join us for a walk along the causeway in search of wading birds, waterfowl, eagles, and more. Feel free to bring binoculars if you have them. This program that is great for beginner birders! (1 hr.) 



  • 3-in-1 DAY…………………………MARCH 10th

Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington shared the same birthday, March 10th. They chose to marry on the same day, calling it their 3-in1-day. Come celebrate 3-in-1 Day with the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park, inside the Huntington’s beloved winter home, Atalaya. See for more information.


Enjoy a day of bird of prey-themed programs including owl pellet dissections, nature crafts, a birding walk, and more at South Carolina’s #1 birding destination!  The park’s resident bald eagles should be getting ready to fledge their chicks (check them out at the marsh boardwalk); another highlight will be a free-flight live raptor demonstration by the Center for Birds of Prey at 1:00 pm on the lawn next to Atalaya. Free with park admission.

  • GATOR GAUNTLET 5K..........April 6th
Do you have what it takes to make it through the Gator Gauntlet 5K? Come find out
at Huntington Beach State Park on Saturday April 6, 2019.
  •  PALMETTO CAMPOUT…………..APRIL 6th-7th

Never been tent camping? Stay overnight with a park ranger who will help you set-up your tent and teach cooking and camping secrets. Families will learn how to go crabbing, pull a seine net, paddle a kayak, and much more! Campers will be provided with a list of food items to bring with them to be prepared at their campsite. A limited number of tents and foam sleeping pads are available to borrow if you don’t have your own. $30/adults, $20/children 6-15.

  • BEACH SWEEP.................Sep. 21st
Beach Sweep is the largest one-day litter cleanup of South Carolina’s beaches and
waterways. Join thousands of volunteers from across the globe to be part of
 the solution to pollution!
Featuring more than 100 of the finest artisans, the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art,
quality crafts and food, along with the musical offerings of several of the area’s finest musicians.
  • ATALAYA FALL FESTIVAL & HAUNTED CASTLE....................Oct. 25-26th
Join us at Atalaya for an evening of frightfully fun family entertainment! Enjoy
two haunted houses, carnival games, spooky movies, a bonfire and more!
  • ATALAYA SLEEPOVER........................Nov. 9-10th
Spend the night at Atalaya, and enjoy everything from ghost stories to
nature hikes! Dinner and breakfast are included. A limited number of tents
are available to borrow.





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

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