Natural Myrtle | Exploring the Natural Side of the South Carolina Lowcountry

There’s a reason the coastal Carolinas are used as a backdrop for many Hollywood movies: the tidal creeks, causeways, beaches and estuaries can be described as magnificent, grand, and romantic. It’s the perfect place to tell a grand love story. The warm, subtropical climate provides a home for alligators, dolphins, many species of fish and birds, amphibians, and other exotic animals. Step away from the developed parts of the area, and you’ll enter another world where you can enjoy the way Myrtle Beach used to be, proving that the Grand Strand really does offer something for everyone.

Waccamaw Lady Plantation River Tour

Take a relaxing, scenic and historic 2-hour river cruise along the historic Waccamaw River and adjoining rice plantations. See the historic trunk gates used to control the amount of water going into the rice fields, slave cabins that are still standing from the mid-19th century, moss-laden live Oak trees, alligators, eagles and osprey. Your tour guide will be a local historian shining light on the history, mystery and legends of the rice plantations.

Brookgreen Gardens

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Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet is a unique melding of art, nature, and history. Since its founding in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, Brookgreen has been a cultural center the community. It is one of America’s premier gardens and one of a few select places in the United States to have earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as well as being designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Brookgreen offers a selection of tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages. Explore through the programs at the Lowcountry Center by walking the Lowcountry Trail, and by taking an excursion on the boat or overland vehicle deep into the preserve.

Ingram Dunes

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Described as “The Last Wild Place in North Myrtle Beach,” Ingram Dunes are just a few blocks inland and are one of the highest and oldest relic dune systems left in a natural state on the whole South Carolina coast. Hidden in a neighborhood, the dunes are 50 feet above sea level, 80,000 years old, festooned with live oaks and home to native animals. Hike the sandy trails and take a trip into the past- it’s a great diversion just minutes away from the fast pace of the strip.

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About the Author

About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .

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