This state park claims to be one of the finest bird watching site on the East Coast. It has a freshwater lagoon, a salt ... More
Huntington Beach State Park
This state park claims to be one of the finest bird watching site on the East Coast. It has a freshwater lagoon, a salt marsh, two nature trails and a beach, camping sites and cabins and coastal exploration programs at 10am, 2pm and 4pm. The boardwalks extend into the marsh for wildlife viewing, and you can fish from the jetty or the pier with equipment borrowed for free. This is also the site of Atalaya, the summer home of Archer and sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington who established Brookgreen Gardens.
Clean ,Quiet and Serene , you can swim ,as well as take a long walk on the shore. If you like Alligators ,with careful searching you can spot several in the 2 freshwater ponds at the park . Clean bath houses are a plus.
Be sure to bring your own food and drinks , snack shop has a scant selection.
everything was so nice, the restrooms, the camp sites and the beautiful beach, we enjoy this park every year.i was very upset the day of our departure, we were putting the jacks up on our motorhome, when the camp host told my grandson we needed to hurry up and check out , there was someone waiting for our site. i know check-in is 2;00.i would have understood if it was 12;30 or later, but really seven mins!!!!!!!!!!. you need to treat the guest that are leaving like you treat the guest that are arriving. i just hope she is not there next year.
quite,clean,wide beach.love everything about the beach.disliked,lady passing judgement on my 10and7 year old grandson;s.saying out loud,for all to hear a very insulting comment about(the cracks of there butt).my grandson;s one of my grandsons is sway backed (born that way)something he cannot help so the tip of his butt without a shirt does show,normally he has a shirt on,however ,he;d been playing in the sand,he went into the store to use the restroom.so this was not a fashion statement.my son an army officer working to save her behind told her so.with no responce from her. so,i think this lady needs to be put out to paster.if she;s so offended by a little boys crack.i say fire her butt'' idisliked that.i've visited your park for33 years.i'll come back to the beach,but not to your store.all said,folks it is worth the drive and money to go there.
We visited in July 2010. We like everything about the Park. We camped for 6 nights. We say lots of alligators, birds and other wildlife. We saw a loggerhead turtle come in to make a nest and lay her eggs. We attended the ghost stories at the castle and it was great fun. This is a great family park and campground.
We camped in April, and NO bugs! The campsites are large, with open common areas and an abundance of trees. The bath facilities were ok and the staff were socialble. The beach is deep enough for kiting and shelling was great north, near the jetty. The kids enjoyed the education center - where they got to pet a stingray - and the marsh boardwalk, where they saw fiddler crabs, egrets and other birds.
Although most of the paths were for foot traffic only, there's miles of level roads for biking. We saw a dozen alligators along the causeway. The old homesite Atalaya was interesting to explore.
Huntington Beach State Park providied us with a great family vacation!
This park is amazing! It has everything a family could ask for such as history, the beach, alligators, wild animals and even camping. My grandkids saw and experienced so much more than just going to the beach and playing in the ocean. They learned about the ecology and the enviroment. We couldn't wait to get there each day, because we knew we were going to learn something new.
Of all the things we saw this past weekend during our trip to Huntington Beach, I would like to highlight the best points...Alligators crossing the road on the causeway! I have a few GREAT, unbelievable pictures of that!. Seeing the luminescent sand at night on the beautiful, natural beaches (the trials to the beach were lovely, too!), the incredible oak trees at our tent site, the close (but not tooooo close!) proximity of the bathrooms, and the pet-friendly atmosphere. We will return for years to come! A truly magical experience! P.s. BRING TONSSSS OF BUG SPRAY! :)
We camped at Huntington Beach State Park for the first time this summer. What a wonderful place! The beach is beautiful and almost deserted if you head north. We enjoyed the bike trails and tours of Atalaya, too. In fact we enjoyed those 3 things so much, we never got to Brookgreen Gardens or the Education Center.
I will agree that the walk to the beach is a bit far, especially if you are back on the far loop (sites #107-133). The final walk to the beach can get very buggy as well - we were eaten alive the first day before we realized to spray ourselves before we got on the path. But the path (the one more N) is simply beautiful despite the bugs and makes you feel like you are the first ones walking onto the beach. Biggest problem is reserving a full hook up campsite. We weren't able to do it last year, luckily I was for next summer. Makes life a lot more pleasant! FYI, the bathhouse facilities were clean, just prefer to use my own.
Haven't been anywhere this enjoyable in a long, long time.
We visited this weekend, I was surprized at how much beach there was, & how clean the place was, especially for the weekend before 4th July when most beaches are overcrowded! I noticed in a few other reviews ppl complining about the animals & snakes, but it is a state park, we were disappointed we didn't see MORE animals! :) I didn't know that small kids cannot go in the lighthouse (and wasn't mentioned on the SCSP site), so unless you want disapointing tears, don't take your kids near the light house because they will NOT let them up, even in a secure baby carrier! The bathrooms were clean, drinks not too bad. The staff wasn't very friendly though, but the rest of the place made up for that, we'll definalty go there again!
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