Discover the Great Outdoors During Your Vacation at Myrtle Beach Area Parks

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The great outdoors are even greater on the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline teeming with beautiful beachfront, ocean forests, wetlands, and woodlands.

Guests at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort can experience all the natural beauty the Myrtle Beach area has to offer by visiting some of the scenic local, state and national parks during your vacation.

Whether its a picnic and a playground at one of Myrtle Beach’s many municipal parks or an outdoor adventure in a more natural setting, the Grand Strand has a wealth of opportunities for recreational activities at area parks.

Check out this list of nearby parks where you and your crew can escape the tourist areas and discover a different side of Myrtle Beach:

Grand Park: Located at The Market Common complex, about 2 miles from Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, Grand Park provides excellent opportunities to get active in the outdoors. Ball fields and biking/hiking trails surround the central lake, and playgrounds and picnic tables are available for a quick timeout from shopping. But the expanded trails allow cyclists and walkers to explore Thunderbird Park, Warbird Park and the adjacent Myrtle Beach State Park.

Huntington Beach State Park: Discover a diverse slice of Lowcountry habitat at this 360-acre oceanfront park. Featuring hiking trails through maritime forests, biking trails that parallel the beach, salt marshes for bird-watching and a fresh-water reservoir for gator-spotting, Huntington Beach State Park offers an endless list of activities to enjoy a full vacation day. Explore Atalaya Castle, a Spanish-style structure that serves as a picturesque photo backdrop, and visit the Nature Center for info on all there is to do and see.

Myrtle Beach State Park: Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort guests don’t have to travel far to discover the often-unseen side of the Grand Strand. The oldest state park in South Carolina offers a fishing pier and education programs to help aspiring anglers, crabbers and cast-netters. The education center provides programs to teach visitors about the natural habitat and native species of our coast, including loggerhead sea turtles, shore birds and other critters that make their homes on the coast. Oceanfront picnic shelters, playgrounds and hiking and biking trails are among the many recreational options available.

North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex: This recently opened facility features a nice mix of modern amenities and more rustic settings. Ball fields, a dog park and amphitheater are among the developed facilities, while three hiking and biking trails allow visitors to get up close with nature. The park also houses private adventure outfitters, like the Shark Wake Park and Waterpark and the Go Ape Adventure ropes course and zip line.

Francis Marion National Forest: For a true taste of the South Carolina Lowcountry, visit this national park that sits midway between Myrtle Beach and Charleston. Named for the Revolutionary War hero who used his knowledge of the terrain to terrorize British forces and earn the nickname “The Swamp Fox,” Francis Marion National Park consists of more than 250,000 acres of maritime forests and coastal wetlands. Enjoy mountain biking, boating and marksmanship at the rifle range, or take a hike through the dense pine and palmetto forests.

After a fun day in the great outdoors, return to your vacation home away from home at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort and enjoy all the modern amenities. Take a dip in the pool, a zip down the water slides, a soak in the hot tub or a relaxing lap around the lazy river for a complete Myrtle Beach vacation experience.