Fun on Foot on the Hammock Coast
By Kimberly Duncan
Summer time equals beach time, right? Almost everyone daydreams about a seaside vacation during the year’s hottest months – which is an unarguably good time to head for the ocean’s edge. But think about this: consistently moderate weather makes outdoor activities as enjoyable in February as in July. Here are just a few suggestions for fun on foot in every season.
Of course, long beach walks are bliss. Whether on the beaches of Pawleys Island, Litchfield, Huntington Beach State Park or the long, white shoreline of Garden City, the water’s edge is uncrowded this time of year. The skies are bluer, and the air more crisp. Tuck a book in a bag and stroll to your heart’s content. Stop to read before heading back again. Naps encouraged.
The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is a must. For more than a mile a wooden boardwalk, studded with informational signage about marsh wildlife and rich local history, meanders around the water’s edge. In addition to marvelous views, restaurants and bars along the way offer a mix of burgers, wood-fired pizza, a bit of sushi, thick steaks and lots and lots of fresh seafood.
A bit further south, Brookgreen Gardens is an extraordinary place for long walks, too. Sidewalks and footpaths weave in, out and around beautiful gardens studded with statuary. Tulips blooms first, dogwoods and then the azaleas. There’s an accredited zoo to amble through and a picnic area overlooking a serene little lake.
From Murrells Inlet through Pawleys Island, the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway – locals call it the “Bike Path” – is as much for walkers and joggers as for bike lovers. Whether for a quick jaunt or a daylong hike, a paved path weaves through beautiful scenery, and is fabulous in too many way to be described in short order. A map is available online at sctrails.net
Neither last nor least among places for a fine ramble is Downtown Georgetown. The city’s 220-acre Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stroll past eighteenth century homes and a collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century commercial buildings. Don’t miss the Harborwalk that runs parallel to all restaurants, museums and shops on Front Street. (For a local tour guide, call Debby Summey at 843.446.4777 or by email at DJSummey@gmail.com. She’ll share details only a local would know!)
Once you arrive, visit Georgetown County’s Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 531 Front Street in Georgetown. Discover for yourself … a spring getaway on the SC coast is every bit as magical as any summer stint!