Monday, June 29, 2020

Yaupon Nature Trail and Oak Trail

Myrtle Beach State Park
Myrtle Beach,
Horry Co.,
South Carolina

Hiking Trails:
Yaupon Nature Trail
Sculptured Oak Trail

Total Time: 0:45 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.8 Miles

Pros: Nice nature trail near the ocean
Cons: Parking fee, heat and mosquitos in summer

Google Maps of Parking:

I was visiting South Carolina, and was in the Myrtle Beach area. While on my trip I stopped by Myrtle Beach State Park which has a few hiking trails right near the coast. I parked near the southern end of the park, and took the Yaupon Trail through the dense forest, to the little pond, which I then took the Sculptured Oak Trail. I took this trail to the park road and looked around the nature center area (though the nature center was closed.)

I then went back past the campground and took the Sculptured Oak Trail along the boardwalk over the swamp and back to the parking area. I walked for a short distance on the road back to my car.

Map of the Route

Yaupon Nature Trailhead Marker

Wide Portion of the Yaupon Nature Trail

Wooden Bridge Across a Stream

Me on the Trail

Wild Dwarf Palmettos 

Plaque Explaining the Dwarf Palmettos

Boardwalk Over the Pond

Green, Moss-Coated Pond

Plaque in Front of a Wax Myrtle.
This is what Myrtle Beach is Named For!

Trail Bridge

Yaupon and Sculptured Oak Trail Intersection

Boardwalk Across a Swamp

View from the Swamp along the Sculptured Oak Trail

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