15 Photos of Wildlife at Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina
Photography, United States, South Carolina

Huntington Beach State Park is one of the best parks in South Carolina for viewing wildlife. Split between a brackish pond, saltwater marsh, and long beach, there are several areas each with unique wildlife throughout the year. Add to that the migratory birds and you have the opportunity to see an abundance of wildlife in a peaceful setting almost any day of the year.

Getting to Huntington Beach State Park (843-237-4440 | 16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 | http://southcarolinaparks.com/huntingtonbeach/introduction.aspx | $5/adult; $3.25/ S.C. Senior; $3/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger) is easy: it’s located along Highway 17 between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown. Although it is just 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach most tourists don’t even know this majestic park is here.

The best place for viewing the wildlife is along Causeway Drive, the main road through the park. After entering the park and driving down the causeway you will see the brackish pond on the right and saltwater marsh on the left. The pond is where the infamous alligators of the park mostly live (they will occasionally cross the road to the marsh). The saltwater marsh will bring out hundreds of birds during low tide at peak times throughout the year; the birds will hunt for fish in the shallow waters after the tide begins to return.

Here are some of my favorite photos I have captured of the wildlife at this park. I have spent entire days sitting at the edge of the water with my camera on a tripod ready for whatever action may unfold in front of me. I’m rarely disappointed with the wildlife, although I have walked away with an empty memory card at times. I hope you enjoy the photos!

A snowy egret lands in the water in Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina on Monday, January 30, 2012. Copyright 2012 Jason Barnette

The reflection of this snowy egret made this a great moment to capture.

A small shorebird runs across the shallow water at the edge of the ocean at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Sunday, September 1, 2013. Copyright 2013 Jason Barnette

While most people view the wildlife along the causeway, there is also a lot of wildlife to view on the beach, like this shore bird.

An adult spoonbill (right) bites the tail of a juvenile in the salt marsh at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Copyright 2013 Jason Barnette

The spoonbills migrate through the park twice each year and put on a beautiful show.

Wood storks gather in the salt marsh at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Copyright 2013 Jason Barnette

Woodstorks are common in the park and hunt for fish in the shallow waters of the saltwater marsh.

A wood stork takes flight in the salt marsh at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Copyright 2013 Jason Barnette

A woodstork takes flight.

A blue heron walks through the shallow waters of the lake at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Friday, May 13, 2016. Copyright 2016 Jason Barnette

This blue heron walks through the water of the brackish pond.

A great egret at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Copyright 2016 Jason Barnette

The great egrets are one of the most common type of bird found in the park.

An anhinga lands on a small island in the brackish pond at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Copyright 2016 Jason Barnette

This anhinga will soon dive under the water to hunt for fish, one of the few birds that do this.

A great egret at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Copyright 2016 Jason Barnette

Close up of a great egret.

A great egret with a freshly caught fish at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Copyright 2016 Jason Barnette

This great egret found something to eat.

A blue heron catches a fish at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Copyright 2016 Jason Barnette

If you keep your eyes open you’ll see birds flying everywhere inside the park.

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The alligators are among some of the most popular wildlife in the park.

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A woodstork in flight.

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The wildlife at the park isn’t limited to just large birds and alligators; there are also butterflies, lizards, and rabbits.

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A woodstork finds a fish in the shallow saltwater marsh.

If you would like to view more photos of Huntington Beach State Park, please visit my website at http://photography.southeasterntraveler.com/South-Carolina/Huntington-Beach-State-Park/