Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet

The seaside community of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina lies 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach and is considered the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina." Part of the popular Grand Strand area, Murrells Inlet is split between Horry and Georgetown Counties and lacks a separate municipal government, making the town a self-governing municipality.

Home to such natural attractions as Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park, the community was officially named Murrells Inlet in 1913. Rice plantations thrived in the area during the early 19th century but after the Civil War, rice farming began to decline and the community transitioned to commercial fishing.

Still considered a fishing village, locals and tourists can find numerous seafood markets and restaurants throughout Murrells Inlet. Fishing charters and ecology tours of the salt marsh leave from the inlet marina on a regular basis. The local community understands the importance of the natural resources surrounding the town and has created a non-profit group, Murrells Inlet 2007, to protect the creek around Murrells Inlet.

Annual Events:

Each year, Murrells Inlet hosts a wide array of community oriented annual events. Listed below are just a few of the events that take place each year in Murrells Inlet.

Lost At Sea Memorial Annual Ceremony - April 2010

This annual event is held in the spring and memorializes those whose lives have been lost to the seas.

Spring Tide Clean-Up - Spring 2010

Members of the community volunteer one morning in the spring to clean-up any trash around the inlet and town.

Makai Luau - May 2010

The luau is held at Atalaya’s Castle in Huntington Beach State Park and features food, entertainment, Hawaiian music, a fire show, hula dancing, and a silent auction.

July 4th Boat Parade - July 4th, 2010

Decorated boats cruise through the inlet; a new theme for decorations is announced every year. After the parade, fireworks are shot over the inlet.

Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival - September 2010

Held in the fall at Huntington State Park, this annual festival features hundreds of arts & crafts vendor inside the Atalaya Castle.

Harvest Home Weekend At Brookgreen Gardens - October 2010

This fall-themed event features pumpkin painting, live entertainment and more!

Be sure to visit’s Community Calendar for a complete listing of events in Murrells Inlet and other areas of the Grand Strand!


Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

In 1931, Archer & Anna Hyatt Huntington established Brookgreen Gardens as a non-profit corporation to preserve the native environment of Murrells Inlet. The Huntingtons displayed art among the local plant life and flowers in the gardens. Today, Brookgreen Gardens holds the most extensive collection of American figurative art sculpture in an outdoor setting. Brookgreen Gardens is also home to The Lowcountry Zoo.

Huntington Beach State Park


The 2,500 acre oceanfront state park offers locals and tourists camping, fishing, coastal hiking trails and general access to three miles of a remote beach. Huntington Beach State Park has one of the nicest beach areas on the Grand Strand. The park also has a freshwater lagoon, salt marsh, and maritime forest. The park is home to many birds and has several observation decks for bird watchers.

Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk

The Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk provides a great view of the town’s salt marsh and wildlife. The Marsh Walk is also home to several waterfront restaurants. Throughout the year, the Marsh Walk hosts various annual events such as Halloween on the Marsh Walk, an oyster roast, and a Christmas parade.

Fire Department:

Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Department - Station 76

Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Department - Station 76

3641 Highway 17 Business
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

St. James School District


Seaside Elementary School

1605 Woodland Drive Ext.
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

St. James Middle School

9775 St. James Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

St. James High School

10800 Highway 707
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

For more information regarding public schools, particularly attendance zones, in the Murrells Inlet area, visit the Horry County Schools website.