Myrtle Beach State Park is located along South Carolina's Grand Strand and it's the first state park to open in South Carolina. It was a property donated to the state back in 1934 and it officially opened in 1936. The park has tried to maintain many of the structures like facilities, cottages and cabins originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Many of the structures withstood several hurricanes over the past 50+ years.
The dunes at Myrtle Beach State Park play a vital role in protecting the habitat behind it from the high tides and any hurricanes or strong storms. The dunes also provide a habitat for nesting sea turtles, ghost crabs and other wildlife. Visitors are encouraged to stay off the dunes. The sea oats and grasses help to protect the dunes.
This is one of few areas left where visitors can see what a maritime forest is in Horry County. This forest stays green year-round and is sculptured from the ocean spray. Inside the maritime forest, you can find birds like warblers, tanagers, vireos, and other great tropical migrants. It's a great way to see what Myrtle Beach looked like in the past.
This park participates in the Discover Carolina program for schools. They teach students about sea turtles, the dunes, and some of the other habitats.
- This indicator was developed to encourage inquiry into the characteristics of urban, rural, and suburban areas within South Carolina.
- This indicator prompts students to inquire about the distribution of landforms, climates, and biomes around the world.