Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
by Kimberly Duncan
Check a SC map, and you’ll see a saltwater estuary unfold on the south end of Myrtle Beach and the famous Grand Strand. It has a rich history populated by Native Americans, the nation’s earliest Europeans, pirates, soldiers, fine fishermen, artists, hermits, writers and modern-day tycoons. Still, it’s retained its charm as an unpretentious fishing village – with a sweet, wide-mouthed inlet that spills into the Atlantic –and a reputation for seafood of legendary perfection.
Few would argue the best place to take in the sights and sounds of this slice of SC Lowcountry is Murrells Inlet’s MarshWalk. Expect marsh, creeks and tiny islands that don’t make maps; the views alone are priceless. 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 a little town famous for hush puppies and deep-sea fishing.
Aside from Mother Nature’s most obvious attractions, a wish list of restaurants and bars line the MarshWalk, one and all offering some mix of big burgers, wood-fired pizza, a bit of sushi, crispy fries, thick steaks, cold beverages and lots and lots of fresh seafood. Add so much fine food to salty views, views, views , sea breezes, moss in the wind, swaying spartina grass and … well, you’ve got yourself a version of paradise that begs a visit.
Here, there and yonder, there’s live music in quantity – particularly when the weather’s fine (and it usually is). Tunes drifting on the breeze range from Country to Reggae, Classic Rock and Beach, of course. Patrons can sit and linger at one restaurant/bar or amble the Marshwalk willy nilly. Snag a beverage and dance a jig when and where you choose.
MarshWalk strolling, MarshWalk dining , MarshWalk nightlife. Add charter fishing, kayaking, parasailing; things are always hustling on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. If you’re early enough, you’ll see boaters unloading their catch. Come for lunch; stay the day and play all night. October brings a raucously fun Halloween Costume Contest and Parade and an Annual Oyster Roast with bushels and bushels of sweet local oysters. Check a calendar of events at HammockCoastSC.com. Another great site for researching your visit is MurrellsInletSC.com.
The view, the music and the fun are always free: you’ll find no cover charges here! The MarshWalk is a gathering place where locals and visitors congregate– the former glad to live here and the latter wishing they did!