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Great location! Great for RV camping!

I enjoyed 7 days in the state park in the rv park! We had a Sisters on the Fly event while there... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lila H
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Orange Beach, Alabama
Amazing beach walks

I camped here for a few nights in my RV. Nice campground and the best part was the brief walk to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Patuli
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San Luis Obispo, California
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

This State Park has so much to offer. There are cool trails, one of the prettiest beaches, and an architectural gem. You can access them all and so much more. Our favorite was the Atalaya Castle. Multimillionaires Archer and Anna Huntington built their private retreat on the beach front. Anna, a world renown sculptor, did many of her works of art from this location. Here, you can see how that top 1% lived back in the day, see how the famous sculptor worked, and even hear her voice and her words on an audio tour of the individual rooms of the place. The castle is of Moorish design and really stands out as a beautiful piece of architecture somehow completely at home on a beach in South Carolina!!!

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

This campground is a hidden gem. It it maintained very well and the bath houses have all been renovated and are always clean. The layout is awesome with large lots, you are never right on top of your neighbor. We have a 38' 5th wheel. Beach access is very nice with a boardwalk. If you plan on going make reservations early, for some dates you will almost have to reserve a year in advance. It's not a huge park and fills up quickly. I think there are only 20 or so full hook up sites. You can book on Reserve America and it will show you a pic of the campsite along with other conditions. Sadly the education center was lost to a fire last yr--it even had a touch tank for the kids. All in all this is one our favorite campgrounds to visit. Murrells Inlet is a short bike ride to shops and restaurants. Atalaya is a must visit, especially if you enjoy history.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

The "castle" is not what you think of when you think of a traditional castle. It is a one story house designed in the Moorish Architecture style.
The layout consists of a U-shaped corridor with a series of rooms on one side. While interesting it does not convey a sense of grandeur typically associated with the wealthy moguls of the early 1900's.
The hike thru the marsh is interesting. Hundred of species of wildlife inhabit the area. The 2 Mile hike is mostly wooded and occasionally meanders to the marsh. It does not take you to the beach as we initially thought.
Overall the five dollars per person entry fee to the park and two dollars per person entry fee to the castle is worth the cost for an afternoon spent observing and appreciating nature.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

Went there three times! Parking is close to the beach so carrying all the stuff for a family was easy to do. Small store and ample bathrooms. So clean! Water was very warm and great waves for body surfing. Saw at least 8 dolphins come in pretty close. It was great!

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Have visited this beach for 30 years.Lots of camping,picnic areas,AtalayaCastle(great history for kids&adults)Wildlife everywhere great for pics& educational for kids as well.

Date of experience: August 2016
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