Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail

Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail

Overview

Area name

Sandpiper Pond 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 turn left and travel past the Visitor Center to the parking lot at the end of the road. Look for a trailhead on the south side.

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.

Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail is located within the boundaries of Huntington Beach State Park.

Participate in a guided walk on Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.