American Locations 27 – Huntington Beach & Brookgreen Gardens

The trip is from New River, West Virginia, to Stinking Creek, Tennessee, by way of Long Key, Florida.

Huntington Beach State Park & Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina


The next morning we explored the extensive boardwalks that ranged far out into the wetlands.

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On the far side of the wetlands you can see some parked cars.

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We drove over there and found it was a place to launch your canoe or kayak.

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And fish, of course.

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Where the three are standing, and also in the previous photo, it looks like gravel. It’s not. It is crushed clam shells. Before this was a state park a lot of clamming went on here, and this place was where the shells were collected, crushed, then used as a base for the road. All along the lane from the road to this point are mounds of shells not yet crushed.

Once we finished here we drove out of the park across the street into Brookgreen Gardens. It is a statue gardens situated upon land that originally was a rice plantation. We spent the rest of the morning roaming around it.

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There were also courtyards filled with statues.

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And some indoors galleries.

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After leaving the gardens, we drove to nearby Merrill’s Inlet for lunch. The restaurant had this interesting construct of a school of fish hanging from the ceiling.

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Afterwards we walked their boardwalk along the waterfront.

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Someone was keeping some goats on this little isle.

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Heading south on Hwy 17, we took a short detour to see Pawnee Island.

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We drove to the southern point, where there was a sandy beach.

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On the sound side people were boating and fishing.

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While on the ocean side they were paddleboarding the surf.

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Late that afternoon we drove off the island and headed south on Hwy. 17.


Next Location is Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina






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