Myrtle Beach is one of the East Coast’s most popular vacation destinations, and it’s definitely the most popular spot in South Carolina. Just 12 miles outside of Myrtle Beach, though, is Horry County’s Carolina Forest. Carolina Forest is an unincorporated community that was established in the late 1990s. Intended to be a bedroom community for Myrtle Beach, the area is now booming; between 2000 and 2010, the population went from 3,400 to 21,000. We’ll let you do the math on what percentage increase that is, but here’s a hint: It’s a lot.
As the population grows, so does the community, and that’s great news for the furry members of your family! The area surrounding Carolina Forest has an abundance of dog-friendly restaurants, meaning you don’t have to feel guilty about leaving your pup at home. There are also several veterinarian clinics in the area, so if you need care for a sick or injured pup or if you just want a check-up, you have so many options to choose from. Unfortunately, Carolina Forest doesn’t have a dog park, but there’s no need to fret. There are several off-leash bark parks nearby.
If you love being near the hustle and bustle of a larger city with the peacefulness of a smaller community, visit Carolina Forest today!
Just outside of Carolina Forest, you and Fido can find plenty of dog-friendly restaurants where you can chow down with your Chow Chow – or any other breed of dog, for that matter. Feeling really hungry? Handley’s Pub and Grub is sure to please. The restaurant’s menu has everything from quesadillas to salads to prime rib, so there’s sure to be something for even the pickiest palate. Fido can join you on the patio if he’s leashed. After eating, head over to Bruster’s Ice Cream, where you and your pup can enjoy a sweet treat together!
If you’re looking to let your dog have some off-leash fun, head to Myrtle Beach’s Barc Parc North! This dog park, which is about 15 minutes from Carolina Forest, has plenty of room to let your dog run around and play with some pawesome new friends, so he’s sure to have a furrific time. There are separate areas for large and small dogs. Water is provided for your dog throughout the park, but you’ll want to bring some waste disposal bags with you. This dog park is located near a highway, so please make sure your dog is on a leash when entering and exiting the park.
If your dog likes making a splash, you’re in luck! Myrtle Beach is just 15 minutes away, and it's the pawfect place for your Fido to swim and play any time during the off-season. Between May and Labor Day, his visiting hours are limited, though; your dog can only be on the beach before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. This is because the beach gets quite crowded, and no one wants their fur-baby to get startled. You have to keep your dog on his leash, and you’ll want to bring along plenty of water and waste disposal bags.
Your dog is sure to be a happy pup after playing at Waggin’ Tails Dog Park! This bark park is located about 30 minutes away from Carolina Forest; it’s on the line between Little River and North Myrtle Beach. There are two separate areas to play in; one is for dogs under 25 pounds, while the other is for dogs over 25 pounds. This means your dog can safely have a ton of fun! Water fountains keep your dog cool, and waste bags are already provided. All you need to bring is yourself and your dog! There’s also ample parking.
Looking for more places to eat with your pup? You’re in luck! Briarcliffe Acres, which covers both Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, has plenty of options. Looking for some delicious pub food? Try Bully’s Pub and Grill. This local favorite is known for having over 32 different beers on tap, and the restaurant’s smothered and covered burgers are a crowd-pleaser. Fido can join you at any patio table, as long as he’s on his best behavior and on his leash. California Dreaming is also in the neighborhood, and this chain restaurant serves up a wide variety of American classics. Bone Appetit!