On our way north to see the fall foliage, my fiancee and I stopped in Myrtle Beach. He had spent several months in Myrtle Beach working on an electrical job and wanted to show me some of the sites he'd learned about while he stayed there. We were driving a camper van so we decided to stay at the Myrtle Beach State Park.
We were surprised to learn that reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights, but this suited our plans so we stayed. Since it was September and getting cooler, there weren't many people staying at the campground while we were there. We choose a site near the bathroom facilities, since we didn't have a shower or toilet in the van. I thought the bathrooms were kept very clean and neat and wished I'd been able to say this about everyplace we camped. Our site had an electrical hookup so we could plug in a fan and electric skillet.
Myrtle Beach State Park was the first state park opened to the public in South Carolina. It is a 312-acre oceanfront park that plays a major role in preserving part of South Carolina’s disappearing natural forest on the Atlantic coast. This preservation takes place on the Sculptured Oak Trail. We enjoyed walking this trail each day we were at the park. It's about a half-mile long and there are grand old oaks, hollies and beautiful magnolias to be seen, as well as a variety of birds.
The beach is not too far from the camping area, although I believe the cabins are closer to the beach. Although it was too cold for us to go in the water, we enjoyed walking the sandy shore. We enjoyed going out on the pier in the evenings and watching the moon shine on the water.
I thought the park rangers, which we deal with at the entrance gate, in the camp store and around the park, were always very friendly and helpful.