Take in the Wildlife on the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway

For putting the GREAT in the great outdoors, Waccamaw Neck Bikeway proves spectacular.

This 11.9-miles point-to-point trail is near Murrells Inlet. It’s an easy route, taking an average of 3 hours and 24 minutes to finish. This trek for trail runners, road bikers, and birders, is wheelchair accessible, too.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an area more diverse in ecology in the country.

Fun Facts About the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway

  • Researchers have documented more than 300 bird species in the park, which expands to 2,500 acres.
  • It runs along U.S. Highway 17 from Murrells Inlet to Sandy Island Road, close to Huntington Beach State Park. 
  • It’s paved along U.S. 17 and the inland waterways, but you’ll have to cross a few roads, too. Wear a helmet and bright colors.

What Wildlife Could I See on the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway?

Birds, marine life, and land animals live in Georgetown County. It’s a popular spot for ecotours and fishing charters, and from the water, you could see:

  • Alligators: Did you know their eyes glow in the dark, like cats?
  • Amberjack: Game fish of warmer waters; also called yellowtail.
  • Barracuda: Muscular and streamlined fish with razor-sharp teeth.
  • Clams: Likely the northern quahog, the state’s most prominent.
  • Flounder: They’re flatfish that are so well camouflaged!
  • Huge oysters: They’re in high demand because of their great flavor.

  • Redfish: Also known as channel bass, red bass, redfish, and spottail.

  • Spadefish: Beautiful disc-shaped fish with vertical black stripes.

The crown jewel of wildlife in the area is the Loggerhead Turtle. The state reptile of South Carolina is out in the open waters and along the Murrells Inlet coastline. They’re protected, so observe from a distance.

You’ll see eastern cottontail rabbits, gray squirrels, and white-tailed deer, too.

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The Birds Are a Huge Draw, Though. Species Include:

  • Bitterns: They’re short-necked and shy, hiding in the marsh grass.

     

  • Bobwhite quail: It’s the king of North American game birds.

     

  • Crows: Their intelligence is equal to that of the chimpanzee.

     

  • Egrets: They develop fine plumes during mating season.
  • Finches: Most are less than 4 inches long.
  • Herons: Their wingspan can reach more than 6 feet.
  • Mourning doves: They were once called Carolina Pigeons.
  • Pelicans: Brown Pelicans have returned from near extinction.
  • Sparrows: They can swim when they have to, and very fast, too.

  • Wrens: Their tails point upward, and they dart about when they fly.

Plus, endangered kites began visiting Waccamaw Neck in 2022.

Oceanfront Relaxation

After You’ve Been on the Go, Stop at Litchfield Oceanfront Inn

Concentrate on comfort and relaxation when you retreat to Litchfield Oceanfront Inn. You’ll find a lovely, wonderful room, where the view is second to none. It’s in an excellent location. You’re on the beach but near restaurants and Litchfield Country Club.

There are cool brewhouses nearby, and an oceanfront pool deck onsite. Come discover more about Litchfield Oceanfront Inn and book a stay today.

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