Resting just to the west of the popular tourist destination Myrtle Beach is the town of Socastee, South Carolina. While it might not be as well-known as the sandy South Carolina staple, it has a great deal to offer visitors and their pawesome pals!
Socastee is known for its lovely scenery — it contains beautiful shaded woodlands as well as small rivers and ponds, and there are many highly-rated golf courses characterized by their scenic green fairways. The fifteen top-notch veterinary clinics ensure that pet owners both local and visiting can relax and enjoy their time in Socastee. The town has so much to do, and there is even a vast national wildlife refuge on the west side that brings in visitors from all over the country.
As if that wasn’t enough, Myrtle Beach is only a short car ride away, giving you the best of both worlds: you can spend time relaxing and exploring nature in Socastee, or you can visit the busy and popular beaches to the east. Either way, you can be sure you’ll meet friendly fellow dog owners at the local dog parks, trails, and beaches.
Eat, explore, relax — however you decide to spend your time in Socastee, you will surely have a stay that you and your dog will never forget!
Travel west of Socastee and you will encounter the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge — a place you don’t want to miss. And it is hard to miss, as it spans over 20,000 acres (and there are even plans to expand it to 50,000 acres). Waccamaw provides a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore nature. You are guaranteed to see some amazing wildlife in the forests of the refuge, and you might catch a glimpse of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker that is preserved there. There is much to explore, so make sure to plan ahead. The park welcomes furry friends as long as they are leashed.
South Myrtle Beach is a quick eight-mile trip from Socastee, and it is well worth your time to drop by. Barc Parc is a good place to begin your adventure: it is an off-leash dog park complete with a lake, small and large dog areas, and more. You are sure to meet some friendly local dog owners here, as the park is a very popular spot. Another place to visit in South Myrtle Beach is Myrtle Beach State Park. Leashed dogs are welcomed in the 312-acre park every day except Labor Day. The park contains a beautiful combination of South Carolina woodland and sandy beaches. There is also a nature trail that is worth exploring with your four-legged friend.
The residential district around Coastal Carolina University features small lakes, wooded glens, and open green lawns, making it a true slice of paradise. It is worth it just to stroll around outside just to take in the scenery, but there are other things to do in the neighborhood — especially if you’re hungry! Sushi lovers fret not; Soho 544 has you and your dog taken care of with a delicious selection of signature rolls and four paw-friendly outdoor tables. The Grumpy Monk, just down the road, also has a selection of sushi, fresh seafood, and outdoor seating. If you’re looking for something a little more laid-back, you might want to try The Coop Bar and Grill, which serves up burgers and sandwiches that your appetite will be no match for. Their dog-friendly outdoor seating area also has cornhole and other tailgate-style games you can play!
In downtown Socastee, you can find charming residential neighborhoods and scattered ponds and creeks. The mirror-like waters of the Waccamaw River flow through the middle of Socastee, making it a truly magnificent place to explore on foot in the open air. As you and your canine companion meander through the calm, suburban streets, you’ll probably notice many of the great dining options in town! River City Café is a great choice if you’ve worked up an appetite; it sits right on the Waccamaw and serves up delicious burgers, sandwiches and more. They have seven dog-friendly outdoor tables for your convenience. For something spicier, try La Hacienda, a local favorite for Mexican food!
If you’re traveling to Socastee, it is a good idea to take the short, 15-minute trip to Myrtle Beach: you’ll find lots to do and even more to eat! Barc Parc North is a good place to start out; it is a fenced, off-leash dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, drinking fountains, and more. Your dining options are so numerous that you might want to just walk down the beach and see what hits you — many of the restaurants have dog-friendly outdoor seating. Some suggestions are Art Burger and Sushi Bar, Liberty Pub and Grill, and Oceanfront Bar and Grill.