Atalaya and Kerrigan Nature Trail

Atalaya and Kerrigan Nature Trail

Overview

Area name

Atalaya and Kerrigan Nature Trail

Area Location

Starting in Murrells Inlet, take US 17 south for approximately 4.3 miles, then turn left into the park. Drive to the end of the causeway and parking in the lot. Turn right at the T intersection toward the campground for .3 miles.

Area Map

Access

Admission: $5 for adults.

Hours of Operation: from 6am-8pm during November 4-December 1, 6am-6 pm during December 2-31, 6am-10pm during April 1-November 3.

Atalaya and Kerrigan Nature Trail are within the boundaries of Huntington Beach State Park.

Guided walks are held on Wednesday and Saturday at 10:00 in March through October.

Facilities

Background

Key Birds

Resident

Brown Pelican, Black-crowned Night-heron, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Bald Eagle. Common Ground Dove, Seaside Sparrow.

Summer

Anhinga, Reddish Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Glossy Ibis, Wood Stork, Wilson’s Plover, Sandwich Tern, Least Tern, Painted Bunting.

Winter

Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Northern Gannet, Great Cormorant, American Bittern, American Black Duck, Cavasback, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Common Eider, Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Sora, Virginia Rail, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Red Knot, Purple Sandpiper, Bonaparte’s Gull, Great Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Razorbill, Cave Swallow, Sedge Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow.