Camping at the beach state parks a special salt-water experience

07/23/2014 1:00 AM

07/22/2014 8:54 PM

Long ago, the rich folks who owned mansions in South Carolina’s interior camped on the beaches to take advantage of the sea breeze during the dog days of summer.

Air-conditioning and the advent of mansions on the sea islands themselves changed that, but camping at the beach remains a rich experience. Whether you prefer your camping in a recreational vehicle or in a tent, you have multiple choices at state parks to breathe that soul-satisfying salt air.

There are campgrounds at Hunting Island, Edisto Beach, Huntington Beach and Myrtle Beach state parks. A quick online check for openings in the next two weeks found plenty of campsites available at Myrtle Beach, a few at Hunting Island, only a couple multi-day openings at Huntington Beach and some in the Live Oak section only at Edisto Beach.

Most of those sites are a short hike to the beach, though you might prefer bikes for the longer journey from the Live Oak campground at Edisto. The nightly rates for the full-service sites available for the next two weeks begin at $32.

The Myrtle Beach camping area is large, thus the beach there is slightly more crowded than at the other parks. All of the parks feature trails that are fun to explore with children.

The State Park Service notes that beach camping provides the experience “of waking up at the beach, seeing the sun rise over the ocean, relishing in a romantic moonlit walk on the beach and taking advantage of the numerous programs and events offered at all of the state parks.”

To check for campsite availability, go to http://southcarolinaparks.reserveamerica.com.

Joey Holleman

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