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Nov 04, 2019

10 Haunted Places To Visit In Myrtle Beach - Haunted Attractions

By Rich Weidman

10 most haunted places near myrtle beach.

“It was haunted; but real hauntings have nothing to do with ghosts finally; they have to do with the menace of memory.” – Anne Rice

Setting off on a South Carolina getaway and have a hankering to visit some of the most haunted places near Myrtle Beach? Sure, Myrtle Beach boasts its share of “manufactured scares” at highly entertaining haunted attractions ranging from Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Nightmare Haunted House to Outbreak: Dread the Undead and several others (each of which comes highly recommended, by the way!). However, if you want to experience some truly authentic frights around Halloween in Myrtle Beach, you enjoy plenty of options – ranging from exploring a creepy cemetery at midnight and dining in a ghost-infested historic restaurant to visiting an eerie pre-Revolutionary War-era plantation, touring a deserted island with a haunted lighthouse, a suspenseful escape room you must breakout of without minutes to spare, or other authentic ghost-hunting endeavor. Who knows, you might just get the uniquely terrifying opportunity to actually come face to face with a legendary South Carolina specter that will give you a sensational story to tell at dinner parties for years to come! So, are you ready to get your Grand Strand-style spook on? Here are the 10 most haunted places near Myrtle Beach guaranteed to provide you plenty of thrills and chills:

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1 | Alice Flagg Grave, All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery, Pawleys Island | Few South Carolina ghost legends have more staying power than the strange tale of Alice Flagg, whose final resting place can be visited at the All Saints Episcopal Church cemetery (which dates to 1822) in Pawleys Island, one of the oldest summer resorts on the East Coast. According to legend, the restless ghost of Alice roams the cemetery in a white dress, desperately searching for her lost engagement ring (her father disapproved of her wedding plans and reportedly threw the ring into a marsh in total disgust). Just seek out the large flat tombstone under an oak tree inscribed, “ALICE.” For those who wish to summon Alice’s spirit, the legend goes that you simply need to walk backwards around the grave 13 times while saying her name out twice. In addition, several visitors over the years have even felt slight tugs on their wedding rings as they approach Alice’s gravesite. By the way, literary buffs will want to know that notable poet and novelist James Dickey (Deliverance) is also buried in the graveyard at All Saints Episcopal Church.

WHERE: 3560 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 | WHO: (843) 237-4223

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2 | Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro, Little River | Considered the most haunted restaurant in South Carolina, the Brentwood Restaurant in Little River is housed in the historic 1910 Queen Anne-style Essie May McCorsley House (complete with a wraparound porch, of course) and even offers a special Ghost Dinner & Tour (reservations can be made online). Previously known as Aunt Mary’s, Grandma Mary’s and Papa Dees, the Brentwood Restaurant was opened in 2007 by the Stublick brothers (who named it from where they hailed from – Brentwood, Long Island). Over the years, Brentwood employees have noticed strange occurrences at the eatery such as objects moving on their own (including wine glasses smashing to the floor), unexplained noises and even ghostly apparitions sighted in the upstairs windows. Oh, by the way, the South Carolina wine bistro specializes in delicious French cuisine.

WHERE: 4269 Luck Avenue, Little River, SC 29566 | WHO: (843) 249-2601

Lucas Bay Light, Conway | 10 Haunted Places To Visit In Myrtle Beach

3 | Lucas Bay Light, Conway | Local legend claims that the mysterious Lucas Bay Light that can frequently be seen in the swamp off Gilbert Road in Conway emanates from the ghost of a Civil War-era mother searching desperately for her lost child, who disappeared during a flash flood. Of course, there is no historical evidence to back up this immensely popular Palmetto State urban legend, but that doesn’t stop hordes of thrill seekers from heading out in search of the origin of the Lucas Bay Light on a nightly basis (especially around Halloween). Neighboring North Carolina has a similar mysterious phenomenon that can be viewed off certain overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway called the Brown Mountain Lights.

WHERE: Gilbert Road, Conway, SC 29527 | WHO: N/A

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4 | The Bowery, Myrtle Beach | A Myrtle Beach landmark since 1944 and billed as “The 8th Wonder of the World,” the world-famous Bowery (which celebrated its 75th anniversary in February 2019) is widely known for its great live music featuring house band The Bounty Hunters, juicy burgers, ice-cold drinks, friendly atmosphere … and ghostly activity! According to legend, a man known as “Barman Joe” died suddenly at his barstool, but miraculously sprang to life soon thereafter just long enough to finish off his brew. To this day, bar patrons report occasionally hearing Barman Joe singing near the bar. By the way, country supergroup Alabama, which was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005, served as the house band at The Bowery for much of the 1970s.

WHERE: 110 9th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 | WHO: (843) 626-3445

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5 | The Gray Man, Pawleys Island | One of the most popular South Carolina haunted legends is that of the so-called “Gray Man,” who allegedly makes an occasional appearance on the beach to warn local residents of impending hurricanes and other major storms heading toward Pawleys Island. Believe it or not, the first documented sighting of the Gray Man dates back to 1822 and the most recent sighting happened just before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast in 2018. The Gray Man received national exposure when the Pawleys Island legend was highlighted in a 1990 episode of the TV show Unsolved Mysteries just a year after Hurricane Hugo hit the South Carolina coast and, more recently, in a 2014 episode of American Supernatural on The Weather Channel.

WHERE: Pawleys Island, SC 29585 | WHO: N/A

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6 | Old Gunn Church, Georgetown | Established in 1729, Georgetown, South Carolina’s third-oldest city, which is located less than an hour south of Myrtle Beach, has accumulated its fair share of ghostly legends over the years. One haunted historic site, the ruins of the Old Gunn Church (AKA Prince Frederick’s Chapel), which was completed in 1876, allegedly has generated intense paranormal activity over the years. According to legend, Mr. Gunn, the Gothic Revival-style church’s contractor, died after falling off the steep roof and his “restless spirit” continues to haunt the church grounds to this day. Visitors to this haunted landmark on Plantersville Road have reported hearing screams (as well as music from a phantom church choir) and viewing strange lights emanating from the church’s tower. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the ruins of Old Gunn Church are cordoned off by a barbed-wire fence.

WHERE: 9796 Plantersville Road, Georgetown, SC 29440 | WHO: (843) 646-2222

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7 | Colonel Kolb’s Tomb, Bennettsville | Both ghost hunters and Revolutionary War buffs alike may want to make a road trip from Myrtle Beach way off the beaten path to Marlboro County to visit the allegedly haunted tomb of Colonel Abel Kolb (1750 – 1781), who was shot and burned alive along with his entire family by British loyalists during the American Revolution. According to local legend, visitors to the tomb at night occasionally hear the sound of someone wandering through the woods and some have even reported seeing the apparition of Colonel Kolb, who served under the command of General Francis “The Swamp Fox” Marion, standing right next to them. Unfortunately, Col. Kolb’s tomb has been the subject of vandalism over the years, so please take nothing but photos if you plan to pay your respects to the Revolutionary War hero and troubled soul.

WHERE: Kolb’s Tomb Road, Bennettsville, SC 29512 | WHO: N/A

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8 | Georgetown Lighthouse, Georgetown | Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Heritage Preserve on North Island near the mouth of Winyah Bay, the Georgetown Lighthouse is simply one of the most haunted lighthouses in South Carolina. The current lighthouse, which stands 85 feet high and features 124 steps to the top, is the state’s oldest active lighthouse and apparently home to several restless spirits. Visitors to the lighthouse have reported the sounds of footsteps in the tower along with sightings of a ghost named “Annie,” the daughter of a lightkeeper, who drowned in the surf many years ago. According to legend, Annie’s ghost occasionally appears on the decks on nearby ships to warn sailors of impending storms. Although the Georgetown Lighthouse is currently not open to the public, several Georgetown tour companies take visitors out to North Island to see the haunted light.

WHERE: North Island, Georgetown, SC 29440 | WHO: N/A

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9 | Hampton Plantation, McClellanville | Now both a State Historic Site and National Historic Landmark, the pre-Revolutionary War-era Hampton Plantation, which encompasses a Georgian-style mansion and beautiful grounds along the banks of Hampton Creek, gives South Carolina visitors a fascinating glimpse of life on a colonial-era rice plantation. Established in 1735, Hampton Plantation was last owned by Archibald Rutledge (1883-1973), South Carolina’s first poet laureate. It is also widely known for its restless spirits, including a “weeping ghost” often viewed in a rocking chair that rocks itself on the front porch, as well as mysterious noises coming from the master bedroom!

WHERE: 1950 Rutledge Road, McClellanville, SC 29458 | WHO: (843) 546-9361

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10 | Strand Theater, Georgetown | Originally opened in 1941 as a movie theater, the historic Strand Theater in downtown Georgetown is now home to the Swamp Fox Players. Ghostly occurrences that have been reported at the Strand Theater over the years include strange footsteps backstage, cold spots and unexplained voices. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Strand Theater served as a filming location for Made in Heaven, a 1987 fantasy-comedy film that starred Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis (with surprising cameos from none other than Neil Young, Tom Petty and Ric Ocasek of The Cars). The Strand’s old-time box office was built especially for the movie.

WHERE: 710 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440 | WHO: (843) 527-2924

Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp, Bishopville | 10 Haunted Places To Visit In Myrtle Beach

BONUS: | Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp, Bishopville | Legendary mysterious creatures abound in every state from Florida’s “Skunk Ape” to Washington’s “Batsquatch.” However, few mythical beasts seem to inspire more terror than the dreaded Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp of Bishopville, South Carolina! Also known as the “Monster of Bishopville” and “Lizard Man of Lee County,” this huge, 7-foot-tall reptilian creature with glowing red eyes allegedly stalks the swamp just outside Bishopville (population: 3,238), where it was reportedly first spotted in 1988 by a hapless motorist changing his tire on a dirt road (fortunately he was able to flee from the scene, but only after the mythical monster jumped on the car’s roof and even left bite marks on the vehicle!). Indeed, the snarling swamp beast has become so legendary in these parts through the years that it was featured in a 2012 episode of the Syfy series, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, titled “Reptile Rampage.” In addition, the South Carolina Cotton Museum in Bishopville even devotes a colorful exhibit that depicts the legend of the Lizard Man: “Is it a mutant from the swamp? A rare Bigfoot? A bear or other animal distorted by the moonlight? … A zany – and, so far, successful hoax?” By the way, the latest sighting of the Lizard Man (captured for posterity in a grainy photo image) looks rather suspiciously like a man in a rubberized lizard costume!

WHERE: Bishopville, SC 29010 | WHO: N/A

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Alice Flagg’s ghost story is a favorite among believers in the Lowcountry.

There’s something about the South Carolina Lowcountry that attracts ghosts, or at least provides a fertile environment for their legends to grow.

Even non-believers in the existence of ghosts must concede that their captivating stories are a very real part of coastal Georgetown County. In fact, the communities of Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet and Georgetown seem to have more spirits per capita than an actual ghost town.

Perhaps it’s their colonial-era histories that are steeped in cross-cultural, supernatural lore, or their waterfront locations where seafarers shared tall tales from port to port over the centuries. Maybe it’s the South’s proud tradition of folklore and storytelling, or all of the above.

“The seaports of South Carolina date back to the early 1700s, way before the Revolutionary War, so there’s a lot of history here,” said Ghosts of Georgetown guide Elizabeth Huntsinger. “The old newspapers are filled with these tragic sea stories. The waterfront seems to attract spirits.”

Christine Vernon, owner, operator and chief storyteller of Miss Chris’ Inlet Walking Tours in Murrells Inlet, says the local wayward spirits go back even farther in time and reflect the cultural diversity of the area. The Waccamaw Neck became a melting pot for romantic tales of mystery.

“The Wachesaw people built mounds and burial grounds here long before anyone else arrived,” said Vernon, who daylights as an artist, author and instructor at Coastal Carolina University, “and then we had settlers, slaves, pirates, the Gullah and Geechee cultures. It all came together here.”

Whatever the reason, fall is peak season for local ghost tours. The crisp autumn nights and salty-mist air create a spooky setting for strolling the historic streets, haunted homes and creepy cemeteries. They aren’t the only things that may send a chill down your spine around Halloween time.

Locals and visitors alike can take the tours and learn more about the rich tradition of legends and lore in and around the Pawleys Island area. Here’s a look at some of the more popular stops on the ghost tours provided in the area, and the spirits and spooky stories that inspire them.

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The gray man is said to be a friendly ghost, warning locals of approaching hurricanes.

The Creepy-Crawlies of Pawleys

Two names come to mind when tracking the ghosts of the Waccamaw Neck – Alice Flagg and Gray Man. Although the former was a real-life local teenage girl and the latter a shadowy figure of unknown origins, they share more in common than just their notoriety as the foremost ghosts of our coast.

“Everybody wants to know about poor Alice and if she ever found her ring, and the Gray Man and if he has made any recent appearances,” said Vernon, who considers herself more of a storyteller than tour guide. “Both of their stories are about lost love and them trying to come back and find it.”

Alice was the daughter of Dr. Allard Flagg, the wealthy owner of The Hermitage who forbid her love for a commoner. Dr. Flagg threw her engagement in the marsh and she later died of malaria with a broken heart. Legend says she returns from her grave at the All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery and often appears at The Hermitage to search for her lost ring. Visitors report their jewelry being pilfered or pulled on by a mysterious force.

Gray Man’s story is a little fuzzier on the details, but legend has it that the lovesick sailor returned to Pawleys Island to be reunited with his true love only to be thrown from a horse on the beach and perishing without seeing her face. For over two centuries tales of the shadowy figure have been spotted on the island – not for ill intent, but to warn locals of approaching hurricanes. He’s the local, mythological meteorologist.

Alice and Gray Man may be lonely, but they are not alone on the spiritual side of Pawleys Island. Litchfield Plantation boasts the friendly ghost of former (and current?) resident Dr. Henry Tucker. The Pelican Inn is inhabited by the spirits of two Boston Terriers and is visited by Gray Man.

Ghosts of Georgetown guide Elizabeth Huntsinger

Ghosts of Georgetown guide Elizabeth Huntsinger introduces visitors to the area’s most famous ghost stories.

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Founded in 1729, Georgetown was once one of the busiest port cities on the East Coast, exporting more rice than Charleston or Savannah. The action attracted a polarizing mix over the years – aristocrats and slaves, merchant sailors and occupying soldiers, preachers and pirates, good and evil.

The Georgetown Harborwalk and historic district are filled with lore of lost lives and love, planters and slaves haunting their homes, and ships lost at sea. One of Huntsinger’s tour tales is of a British soldier who died falling down a flight of stairs and now helps others avoid the same fate.

“That’s one of the favorites on the tour, but there are so many (stops) that it’s hard to say,” said Huntsinger,  whose ancestors in Georgetown go back eight generations and are buried in a graveyard on the tour. “Some like the historic homes and cemeteries, others like the waterfront and sea stories.”

Like the tragic tale of Theodosia Burr Alston, the daughter of then-U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr, who disappeared along with the crew of the Patriot. The pilot ship departed Georgetown on New Year’s Eve 1812 and washed ashore in the Outer Banks days later, leaving a mystery in its wake. And the poor souls aboard the USS Harvest Moon, which sank in Winyah Bay while blockading the harbor and striking a mine during the Civil War.

Huntsinger, who dons period dress for her tours, leads groups through the harborwalk and historic district on Fridays. Walking Shadows Ghost Tours also serves the Georgetown area. Reservations are required for both.

Christine Vernon, owner, operator and chief storyteller of Miss Chris' Inlet Walking Tours

Christine Vernon, owner of Miss Chris’ Inlet Walking Tours, is a local expert on pirate legends.

The Island, the Inlet and Inland – Oh My!

Vernon, who is best known as “The Pirate Lady” and dresses accordingly, says the spirits are even more active inland on former plantations and Native American sites along the Waccamaw River. But her tours take place on the beaten path of the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, where tales of pirates and buried treasure are as intoxicating as they are spooky.

“People love the story of Drunken Jack,” Vernon said of the poor pirate who was stranded on his now-namesake island with only 32 bottles of rum to survive. He didn’t, of course, although legend has it that his bleached bones were found surrounded by empty bottles with a smile on his face.

And the legend of the Dead Dog Saloon, said to be haunted by mythical mascot Dudley (hence the unappetizing name). The bar has changed locations over the years so the beagle must be a bloodhound in the afterlife. Dudley was even jokingly blamed for the 2012 fire that destroyed the Dead Dog.

But not all the stories are as lighthearted, Vernon warned. “I’ve seen people go to Alice’s grave and make jokes about finding her ring,” she said. “I tell them they shouldn’t dabble in things they don’t understand. You don’t know what spirit you could awaken and have it follow you home.”

Better to take the tour without picking up an unwanted spiritual souvenir. Patrons also can pick up some good karma by attending an Oct. 12 fundraiser for the Children’s Recovery Center, or make reservations to take another tour.

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Local Ghosts and Legends Make Myrtle Beach a Hot Spot for Halloween

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Myrtle Beach welcomes millions of visitors annually to the sunny South Carolina coast. And, at least according to legend, the area also plays host to a few shady spirits.

With Halloween upon us, it’s a good time for guests at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort to check out some of the local legends that have been passed down over the centuries.

The Grand Strand’s rich history and storytelling tradition have all the ingredients for great ghost stories – pirates and shipwrecks, wealthy planters and exploited slaves, warfare and seafarer tales. The South Strand is home to the most famous legends, and true to its reputation for Southern hospitality, many of the ghosts are friendly ones.

There’s the Gray Man of Pawleys Island who only appears to warn locals of approaching hurricanes; Alice Flagg, the heartbroken daughter of an affluent family who playfully tugs on women’s wedding rings; and the legend of Drunken Jack, who was stranded on an island off the coast of Murrells Inlet with only 32 bottles of rum to keep him company.

Autumn visitors can learn more about the spooky side of Myrtle Beach by taking a ghost tour in one of the surrounding towns. Visitors also can find some other fun Halloween activities for the whole family, such as trick-or-treating, hayrides, haunted houses and other scary attractions. Here’s a list of Halloween-themed festivities this fall:

Ghost Tours

Head south for the richest ghost-hunting grounds, and have a costumed tour guide show you all the hot spots. Inlet Cottage and Walking Tours offer a Haunted Marsh Walk stroll on Sunday evenings or by appointment, as well as a trolley ride through the Murrells Inlet Historic District. Continue down to historic Georgetown for a tour of the Harborwalk and historic district with the Ghosts of Georgetown and Walking Shadows Ghost Tours. Historic Conway, located 15 miles inland of Myrtle Beach, offers the Conway Ghost Walk (Oct. 17-19) and the three-part South Carolina Ghosts & Legends series at the Horry County Museum (Oct. 16, 23 and 30).

Halloween Festivities

With Halloween falling on a school night, many of the local festivities are set for Saturday, Oct. 26, like North Myrtle Beach’s annual Howl-o-Scream shindig, featuring hayrides, pumpkin decorating, costume contests and more family fun. That same night, Broadway at the Beach holds its famous Halloween Bash and costume pageant and Barefoot Landing hosts BooFest with traditional Halloween fun and games. Barefoot Landing also hosts a fireworks show on Oct. 31, and trick-or-treating takes place at various shopping centers and neighborhoods (we recommend the nearby Market Common).

Haunted Houses

What’s Halloween without a visit to one of the many haunted houses in the area, including year-round attractions like Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Nightmare Haunted House near the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Outbreak: Dread the Undead at the Hollywood Wax Museum. There are also several pop-up haunted houses, such as Terror Under the Bridge at the X Gym Sports Complex.

Scary Rides

Although most amusement parks are closed during the off-season, there are still lots of places to get your adrenaline pumping on thrill rides. The downtown district features three of the best – The Airstrike (a spinning propeller that gives passengers the rush of pulling 3.6 Gs), The Skyscraper (which takes riders more than 170 feet in the air at speeds in excess of 60 mph), and The Sling Shot (a bungee-ride free-fall that sends passengers 300 feet in the air at speeds of 100 mph). Pavilion Nostalgia Park at Broadway at the Beach also has some thrillers.

These fun Halloween-themed activities are sure to send a chill down your spine and show your family a good time this fall. Be sure to book your stay at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort, where the spirits are all about vacation fun.

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With its rich history of as a major port of trade and booming town dating back to the late 1600’s, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is well known for its abundance of ghostly activity and hauntings. Embark on walking ghost tours in Myrtle Beach, SC for a truly chilling look into the not so friendly past and hear stories of pirates like Stede Bonnet and Black Beard.  Take a ghost tour and wander the dark streets of the historic city hearing tales of an even darker past or visit the homes of wealthy plantation owners and feel the presence of those from the antebellum culture.  Myrtle Beach, SC tour guides offer many different ghost tours to suit your interest.  Whether an evening ghost tour of local haunted buildings, a tour of Myrtle Beach cemeteries, or a walking tour through haunted streets and alley ways, Myrtle Beach, SC ghost tour companies are sure to bring the past to life.  Considered one of the top things to do in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a guided ghost tour into the city’s past is full of mystery and intrigue and a wonderful evening activity.

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Haunted Places To Visit In North Myrtle Beach

Home of several Ripley’s Believe it Or Nots, North Myrtle and Myrtle Beach are known for being a spooky tourist town. But just how spooky is it? For those who love chasing a thrill, or maybe even a ghost, you have come to the right place. There are many historic stories of haunted restaurants, homes, graveyards, and much more in the North Myrtle Beach area. Whether you are here during the spooky season of October where you can find many corn mazes and chainsaw thrilling haunted trails, or here in the middle of summer, there are a ton of places to visit for a nice scare. Here are a few of our favorite places and stories. 

Alice’s Grave, Pawleys Island

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While there are many tales about ghosts in Myrtle Beach, Alice Flagg has been one of the most popular since the early 1800s. Long ago, Alice fell in love with a boy that just wasn’t “ good enough” for Alice according to her brother. The boy proposed and gave Alice an engagement ring. However, Alice fell ill and never got to be with her lover. Her brother stole the ring that she wore around her necklace and threw it off into the marsh. Today, it has been said that you can see Alice sometimes walking around the cemetery at the All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery, looking for her ring. The legend says Alice roams around in a white dress searching for her ring. To summon Alice, the legend says to walk around her grave backward 13 times while saying her name out loud twice. Some visitors even admit after doing this they felt a slight tug on their wedding ring.

Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro Little River

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While the Brentwood Restaurant has undergone a ton of renovations and has even become a popular wedding venue, it is still considered one of the most haunted restaurants in South Carolina. You can even participate in a special Ghost Dinner and tour here. The home formerly belonged to Aunt Mary, Grandma Mary’s, and Papa Dees was bought by a few brothers from Brentwood Long Island. Employees and guests have noticed several strange occurrences like objects moving on their own, including glasses smashing on the floor, unexplained noises, and even ghostly apparitions sighted in the windows upstairs. While it is unsure why the restaurant is haunted… that’s what makes it all the more interesting. 

Lucas Bay Light, Conway

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Located in the swamp off Gilbert Road in Conway sits the local legend Lucas Bay Light. Dating back to the Civil War Era, this represents a mother searching desperately for her lost child who disappeared during a flash flood. While there is no direct evidence to back up this popular tale, an elaborate story like this isn’t just made up and spread around for no reason. Once you reach the part of the road that turns to dirt, know that you are close. Many have said they see floating or wandering lights that is the mother searching for her child. Of course, make sure to go at night for all the spooky vibes.

The Gray Man, Pawleys Island

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Many of the ghost stories are spooky, sad, or scary, while the Gray-man is quite the opposite. The Gray Man cannot be seen on a regular basis, as he is known for being seen only when a bad storm or hurricane is approaching. Many say it is a warning sign to take cover or even leave the area. The Gray Mandates back to 1822 and his most recent sighting happened just before Hurricane Florence hit the Grand Strand in 2018. So if you are walking the beach before a storm and think you see a Gray Shadow, it is probably best you take cover.

Old Gunn Church, Georgetown

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Dating all the way back to 1729, this is one of South Carolina’s third oldest cities. Old Gunn Church or Prince Frederick’s Chapel has supposedly generated a lot of paranormal activity over the years. The legend states that Mr. Gunn, the Gothic Revival-style church contractor, died after falling off of the steep of the roof. It is told that his restless spirit haunts the church to this day. Some have reported hearing screams as well as music from a phantom church choir. Some have even spotted strange lighting coming from the church’s tower. The church is so popular that it is even listed in the National Register for Historic Places and is cordoned off by a barbed-wire fence. 

The Bowery, Myrtle Beach

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Not only is the Bowery an Icon for the band Alabama, seeing as they got their start here, it is also known for its friendly Barman Joe ghost. Joe was a frequent visitor at the Bowery and one night he died suddenly while sitting at his barstool, however, he temporarily came back to life only to finish his beer and pass away again. To this day, patrons at the bar are convinced that they continue to hear Barman Joe singing near the bar. So if you check out the Bowery, make sure you aren’t in Barman Joe’s seat. You might leave with him singing to you.

Whether you are looking for real ghost stories and experiences, or just in for a good spook, North Myrtle Beach has a bit of everything. If you are interested in taking part in the Halloween festivities, check out a few haunted houses, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, or Terror Under the Bridge. We hope to see you soon in North Myrtle Beach.

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The Grand Strand is filled with haunted houses and hosted tours, but its real haunted history is hidden away from the neon lights to the south.

The Grand Strand’s ghost stories involve the popular themes of pirates, ghosts, lost love and even our very own neverworld-version of The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.

The Gray Man 

The Gray Man, as he is popularly known, has been spotted on the beaches of Pawleys Island for more than a century. His appearances are always well-timed warnings of approaching hurricanes.

The legend tells of a young sailor desperate to reach his love in Pawleys Island, arriving only to be bucked from his horse and drowning in the rising tide’s surf after suffering a broken neck.

Dating back to the legendary hurricane of 1893 that ripped through the Strand, the Gray Man is often seen roaming the beach on the eve of big storms and beckoning residents to leave at once.

Alice Flagg

Late debutant Alice Flagg is another of our ghostly figures with good intentions.

Forbidden by her family from marrying her true love from a lower class, Alice fell ill and died of a broken heart (or, more likely, malaria) in the mid-1800s.
 As she lay dying, her brother discovered the ring given to her by her lover hidden on a necklace around her neck. He ripped it off and threw it away. 

Now, Alice’s ghost haunts the area in search of her missing ring. Visitors to her grave marker at All Saint’s Episcopal Church leave rings and coins for her. It is said that if you circle the grave 13 times and lie on top of it, you’ll be visited by Alice’s ghost. 

The family’s former mansion, The Hermitage, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is the site of frequent Alice sightings. 

Drunken Jack

Another South Strand ghost died with a smile on his face.

Drunken Jack, as he is commonly known, was a pirate who was stranded by his crew on an island in Murrells Inlet with only cases of rum to sustain him.

Needless to say, Jack polished off the booty and proved that man cannot live on rum alone. He returns to the inlet on certain nights in search of more rum, or maybe a sandwich, and the island he died on is now known as Drunken Jack’s Island.

There are other spirits spooking the Strand – angry pirates lost at sea, native Americans searching for their homeland – but the best known and richest stories are on the south end. 
That makes Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island the best places to check out the area’s haunted history, just make sure you leave your rings and rum at home and don’t go the night before a hurricane.

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What is the most famous ghost story from South Carolina?

Undeniably, the most notorious ghost story from South Carolina begins with the mid-1800s' accidental burial of a young woman thought to be deceased. Julia Legare's seemingly lifeless body was entombed in the family mausoleum located at the Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island. A short time later, after another family member passed away, the tomb was opened to inter the newly deceased loved one. Upon opening the tomb, it's said that young Julia's bones were found in a pile by the door; and what looked to be fingernail scratches on the inside of the door were assumed to belong to Julia - trying to signal she was alive.

What is the most haunted town in South Carolina?

  • St. Helena Island

Although not an official town in South Carolina, St. Helena Island is still called the most haunted town in South Carolina. From specific spots that have numerous reports of paranormal activity to roving ghosts, such as the headless soldier who walks along a main highway after dark with a lantern and who is believed to be looking for his lost head, this sea island in South Carolina has an insane amount of ghost sightings. In fact, the entire Beaufort area has more than its fair share of ghost stories!

What is the creepiest abandoned place in South Carolina?

  • Fort Fremont

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Most Haunted Places in South Carolina

South Carolina is an interesting state that is jam-packed with a rich history. Amidst the salty marshes, rocky outcrops and subtropical coniferous forests there are tales of slavery, war and bloodshed which have given rise to many local ghost stories.

Let’s Check out 13 of the most haunted places in South Carolina:

13. Rose Hill Plantation, Union

Rose Hill Plantation, Union

One of the most haunted plantations in the country , the Rose Hill Plantation was built in 1827 and the family lived, died and was buried right there on the property! Their ghosts are still said to roam the property in both the house itself and the on-site cemetery.

12. The Hermitage, Murrells Inlet

In 1849, a wealthy Doctor named Allard Flagg moved into The Hermitage and invited his beautiful sister Alice to come and live with him.

Alice fell hopelessly in love with a young lumberman, but her brother did not approve of the match and sent Alice’s lover away.

Alice was angry at her brother’s interference and continued to meet with the lumberman in secret.

However, when Dr. Flagg learned of the couple’s secret engagement he sent Alice off to boarding school in Charleston.

She fell ill with malaria and died soon after her brother brought her home to The Hermitage. When Dr. Flagg discovered the engagement ring on a ribbon around his sister’s neck he threw it into the marsh.

This meant that Alice was buried without her most treasured possession and explains why her ghost is now seen leaving The Hermitage and walking to her grave in All Saints Cemetery all the while clutching her chest where her ring once nestled.

She has also been spotted wandering the marsh in search of her ring.

11. Seven Devil's Bridge, Woodruff

Seven Devil’s Bridge is definitely one of the most haunted locations in South Carolina and it is all said to be because of the restless spirits of seven people who were hanged from the bridge.

It is said that these seven ghosts haunt the bridge at midnight each night and that no living person is able to cross the bridge unharmed at midnight.

Those who have attempted to cross during the witching hour have experienced all manner of terrifying experiences with most ending up broken down and screaming in horror! Would you dare to face the seven devils in the dead of night?

10. Admiral's House, Charleston

The Admiral’s House was built in 1905 and it is considered to be one of the most haunted houses in South Carolina.

It was built in the early part of the 20 th century and it has had a history of slavery and torture.

The most common report of paranormal activity on the property relates to the ghost of a small slave girl who is often spotted in a clump of trees on the property.

9. Baynard Plantation, Hilton Head

Baynard Plantation has a very interesting ghost story attached to it. It is said that if you visit the ruins of the property after the sun goes down, then you may get to see and hear the ghostly funeral procession of former owner William Baynard passing by his former home!

8. Greenville Tuberculosis Hospital, Greenville

Greenville Tuberculosis Hospital, Greenville

Greenville Tuberculosis Hospital is a building with a very colorful history!

It started out as a hospital for tuberculosis patients, but it has also served as an insane asylum and a prisoner release site over its lifetime so it is really no surprise that it has some spooky tales to tell! It is a popular spot for paranormal investigators to explore and there have been many strange sounds and disembodied voices heard here – some of them have even been recorded.

The noises include banging, screaming and the clanging of bells!

The hospital is actually long gone having burned down some time ago, but the area is now a park and locals often see shadow figures wandering around, sometimes even straying into nearby homes.

The building may be gone, but the ground on which it once stood remains one of the most haunted locations in South Carolina.

7. White Point Gardens, Charleston

White Point Gardens, Charleston

There is so much going on at White Point Gardens in Charleston that it would probably fill an entire book! This is without a doubt one of the most haunted places in South Carolina!

Also known as The Battery, the gardens are said to be haunted by the spirits of countless pirates that were hanged here.

It is said that these swashbuckling ghosts roam the gardens searching for their executioners in order to exact their revenge!

6. Salem Black River Church, Sumter

Salem Black River Church was built back in 1846 and it is said to be home to several different ghosts. In fact, it is considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in South Carolina.

One of the ghosts is said to be a spectre of a Southern Belle, another is a very sad little boy often seen sobbing. It is also said to be haunted by a priest whose entire family was wiped out by the plague.

At the back of the church is a small building where people have experienced cold spots, seen lights flickering and even encounters a shadowy figure of a man who might be the priest in question.

5. Cypress Garden Ruins, Moncks Corner

What is unique about this spot is that these ruins are not actually real! They are man-made ruins that are leftover from the filming of the movie ‘The Patriot’!

That doesn’t mean that they are any less haunted than some ancient ruins might be, perhaps these spirits are attached to the land as it was before the film crew moved in!

It is said that from time to time a strange figure can be seen just standing in the middle of the swamp and many people say there are strange noises and an eerie feeling when you pass by the faux ruins!

4. The Abandoned Mansion, Santee

The Abandoned Mansion, Santee

Known simply as ‘The Abandoned Mansion’, there is not much known about this old house in Santee, South Carolina. Nobody seems to know when the house was built, who lived here or why it was abandoned.

There are no government records regarding this house – it’s existence is a complete mystery! However, it is known to be haunted.

Several people have reported seeing lights flickering in the upstairs windows as they pass by.

3. Hell's Gate, Spartanburg

Hell’s Gate, or Oakwood Cemetery as it is officially known, is one of the most haunted cemeteries in South Carolina.

Many visitors say that their cellphones start to act very erratically in the cemetery for no apparent reason. Batteries will drain, or the phone will ring when there is no incoming call. Some people have even managed to answer these phantom calls only to be met with the ‘busy’ tone on the line!

Those who visit after dark have seen strange lights and a mysterious miss that seems to shroud the ground. Others have reported hearing the laughter of small children echoing around the creepy burial ground.

2. Crybaby Bridge, Anderson

Another creepy bridge in South Carolina is Crybaby Bridge in Anderson. It is said that if you stop on the bridge at night and cut off your engine, then you will be able to hear the disembodied sounds of a baby crying.

You may also see the spectre of the baby’s mother walking along the bridge in search of her lost child.

1. South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, Columbia

South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, Columbia

South Carolina Lunatic Asylum was built between 1822 and 1827 so it has had plenty of time to collect a large number of ghosts. The building is now considered to be one of the top haunted places in South Carolina.

The building was designed by renowned architect Robert Mills. This was the second state in America to put aside funds to build a purpose-built facility for the treatment of the mentally ill. By 1950 it was housing more than 5000 patients.

There were the usual tales of lobotomies and forced sterilizations, but for the most part, it seems that South Carolina Lunatic Asylum had a much better reputation than some of the other asylums of the time.

When calls for institutionalization came in the seventies South Carolina was so much slower to release patients. This was because they took the time to find homes and healthcare that the patients required.

However, that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t enough pain and suffering to ensure that some of the lost souls that found themselves in the asylum stuck around even after death.

Those who have visited the abandoned hospital say that there are unexplained cold spots, strange noises and disembodied voices all over the building.

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The Hermitage

Murrells inlet, south carolina.

Wealthy Dr. Allard Flagg moved into the Hermitage in 1849 and invited his sister, the beautiful Alice Flagg, to live there with him. Alice fell in love with a young lumberman, but Dr. Flagg didn't approve of the match and sent him away. Angry with her brother, Alice disregarded his ...

Brentwood Bistro

Little river, south carolina.

This place has been on Haunted America, National Geographic Haunted, and several other media projects. Faces, shadows, orbs and all manner of strange things are seen by staff and visitors alike.

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Litchfield Plantation

Pawleys island, south carolina.

This plantation's history dates back to 1740, and its most famous ghost is Dr. Henry Tucker, a member of one of the last families to own the plantation in the late 1800s. His apparition has been seen in the Blue Room, and he is said to be a friendly spirit. ...

Old Gunn - Prince Frederick's Episcopal Church

Georgetown, south carolina.

Construction of the church was begun in 1859, but screeched to a halt when the lead architect Mr. Gunn slipped on the steep roof and fell to his death. Folks have seen Mr. Gunn's ghost around the ruins of the church and tower and heard his scream, and locals say ...

All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery

All Saints Episcopal Church has stood here since 1739, and its cemetery, haunted by a ghost named Alice, dates from 1822. Alice is buried beneath an oak tree under a flat gravestone bearing the name ALICE. Local legend says that those who walk around her grave 13 times backwards and ...

All Saints Cemetery

The ghost story in this cemetery centers on beautiful Alice Flagg, the sister of the weatlhy Dr. Allard Flagg who moved into the Hermitage in 1849. Alice fell in love with a young lumberman, but Dr. Flagg didn't approve of the match and sent him away. Angry with her brother, ...

The Grey Man of Pawley's Island

Pawley's Island has its own early warning system for hurricanes. Legend has it that a mysterious man dressed all in grey appears to certain individuals or couples and warns them of approaching hurricanes. These tales are usually told after each hurricane, where one lucky couple or family was ...

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Pelican Inn

The two ghosts who haunt this inn are of the canine kind. An elderly caretaker here once owned two Boston terriers, and legend has it that one of them swam out in the surf to save a little boy's life. The dog soon passed away, and the other dog died ...

Mansfield Plantation

The Mansfield Plantation dates back to the early 18th century, and includes a bed and breakfast. Local ghost hunters claim that they recorded EVPs in the North Guest House that said "don't leave me".

Wedgefield Plantation

The headless ghost of a beheaded British soldier is said to appear here, wandering about holidng a pistol and feeling around for his head. Along with him come the sounds of war, clattering and hoofbeats. The war sounds are often a precursor to the ghost's arrival.

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The Winds Resort Beach Club

Ocean isle beach, north carolina.

A ghost named Sam lingers in one of the cabins here. Sam was a guest here when he died of a heart attack, and many claim he never left the buidling. Witnesses, both guests and employees, have reported cold spots and window shades opening on their own, and some have ...

Henning-Miller House

Built around 1760, some say this house has a ghost on its staircase. Rumor has it that when the British took over the home during the American Revolution, one of the officers fell down the stairs when he heard the daughter mention that Patriot hero Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion was ...

Beth Elohim Cemetery

Tales told about this, the second oldest Jewish cemetery in the state, center around best friends Pauline Moses and Eliza Munnerlyn. The two girls had planned to be married on the same day at the same time, but in different locations. However, both the girls caught yellow fever and died ...

Waterman-Kaminski House

This house from around 1770 has a couple of sad ghost stories attached to it. As one goes, a little boy, age 8, was left in the care of the owners while the rest of his family took a trip. The family was lost at sea, and the little boy ...

1790 House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Although this building no longer operates as a B&B, back in the day it was said that a rocking chair in the "Rice Planter's Room" would often rock back and forth without anyone ever touching it.

Morgan-Ginsler House

This building was once used as a Civil War hospital for Union soldiers. Some folks say the strange sounds that come from the dining room are the sounds of Satan forcing the souls of the soldiers who died there to relive their last miserable moments.

Bolem House

Folks here believe the house may originally have been built as a tavern for the sailors. Ghostly sailors have been seen and heard here: On Christmas Day in 1993, a resident came across a ghostly man in old-fashioned sailor attire in the kitchen. The witness said the sailor didn't appear ...

DuPre House

Reports say the DuPre house was once a bed-and-breakfast, but currently may be empty and up for sale. The house was built around 1740 and is said to have two ghosts in residence: a woman and her daughter, both from the Civil War era. Their spirits have been seen and ...

Strand Theatre

The 1941 Strand Theatre is home to some odd occurrences. Footsteps have been heard in the empty balcony, and during a production of Ghosts of the Coast, based on local ghost tales, the staff began to witness cold spots and whispers coming from the backstage area. A ghost hunter was ...

Cleland House

Built in 1737, the house has a story to go along with its ghost. So it goes, Anne Withers, a possible relation of the John Withers listed on the historical marker in front of the house as one of the owners, fell in love with a sea captain. He once ...

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Heriot-Tarbox House

Built around 1765, this is the house where the legendary Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of United States Vice President Aaron Burr and wife of South Carolina Governor Joseph Alston stayed in 1812 before the ship on which she was traveling disappeared. Her ghost has been seen all along the coastline ...

Kaminski Building

The Kaminski Building is one of two that house Georgetown’s Rice Museum. The 1842 Kaminski Building was a retail store for many years. Witnesses at the museum have heard footsteps, including one set that sounds like it has a peg-leg, in the art gallery. It is also believed that an ...

Heartbeat Bridge

Nakina, north carolina.

Shadowy figures can be seen. Lights in the woods sounds of a heart beat can be heard. (Submitted by Brian)

Georgetown Light

The 72-foot tall lighthouse, built around 1812, is said to be haunted by Annie, the daughter of a former lightkeeper who was a widower who was raising the 7- or 8-year-old on his own. One day as the two were returning to the lighthouse with supplies, a violent storm hit. ...

Old Tram Road Light

Whiteville, north carolina.

A light comes out of the swamp and chases you as you drive down Old Tram Road. (Submitted by Brian)

Lois Jane's Riverview Inn

Southport, north carolina.

The 1892 bed and breakfast inn is haunted by the daughter of a sea captain who once owned the place during the twentieth-century. Known as 'Lois Jane', the spirit has been heard laughing and singing on the upper floor of the mansion, and on one occasion shook the bed of ...

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Live Oak Cafe

There are alleged to be two resident ghosts here that constantly mess around with the staff and owners. (Submitted by Margo RS)

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Brunswick Inn

A ghost named Tony haunts the Brunswick Inn. He was a riverboat harpist who drowned in 1882 while on a visit here, and he likes to wander through the inn's halls and play tricks on the owners.

Theodosia's

Bald head island, north carolina.

Although reports say it is no longer open, this b&b was said to be haunted by the ghost of Theodosia Burr Alston. Thoedosia was the daughter of Aaron Burr and the wife of South Carolina governor Joseph Alston. Mysteriously, the ship she was on disappeared in 1812. She had been ...

Fort Fisher

Kure beach, north carolina.

At Fort Fisher, Civil War ghosts and Fort Fisher hermit Robert E. Harrill, who died under suspicious circumstances, are believed to reside. Civil War General William Whitting, who was injured in the final battle at Fort Fisher and died as a prisoner in 1865 at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, ...

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Tans Bay Baptist Church

Effingham, south carolina.

Tans Bay Baptist Church is thought to be haunted by the ghost of a baby who died here before the building housed a church. It's said that the baby accidentally fell on its head and died instantly, and now floating lights and the sound of a baby crying can be ...

Bingham's Light

Latta, south carolina.

Binghams's Light is believed to be the lantern of the ghost of a man named Bingham who was killed by a train. Some say he appears as a warning or that the ghost is searching for his lost children.

USS North Carolina

Wilmington, north carolina.

The World War II battleship is believed to be haunted by a blond sailor who shows up in passageways and another sailor who peeks out from portholes. Witnesses say hatch doors slam, cold spots are felt and footsteps are heard.

Bellamy Mansion

Bellamy Mansion is believed to be haunted by members of the Bellamy family and their servants. Investigators have recorded several EVPs and witnessed slamming doors.

Montrose Cemetery - Lowthers Hill Cemetery

Darlington, south carolina.

Montrose Cemetery, aka Lowthers Hill Cemetery, is very old and spooky, according to witnesses who describe feelings of fear and nausea on the grounds. The cemetery was so old and run down that a mass marker was placed outside naming the known burials inside. Some say a murderer brought children ...

Sansbury Cemetery

Timmonsville, south carolina.

Different from the Sansbury Hill Cemetery, also in Timmonsville, the Sansbury Cemetery is an eerie place where unexplained noises, including a baby crying, have been reported. Folks also have reported feelings of despair and fear here, but giving the surroundings, this is may not be unusual!

Rice Hope Plantation

Moncks corner, south carolina.

Mistress Chicken is the name of this plantation's resident ghost. She rocks in a rocking chair inside the Heron Room. It is said that she exists to comfort a child who once lived at this plantation and was once tied to a tombstone by a nasty schoolmaster as punishment. The ...

Salem Black River Church

Mayesville, south carolina.

Salem Black River Church, built in 1846, is believed to be haunted by a ghostly Southern Belle and a sad little boy. Cold spots have been noted by visitors as well.

Boone Hall Plantation

Mount pleasant, south carolina.

Boone Hall Plantation, in operation since the late 1600s, is said to be haunted by a soldier. His apparition has been seen attempting to remove a bullet from an injured fellow soldier.

Colonel Kolb's Tomb

Bennettsville, south carolina.

According to reports, Colonel Kolb, along with his family, was burned alive nearby during the Revolutionary War. According to local lore, those who visit Colonel Kolb's tomb at night will hear the sound of someone walking in the woods and may suddenly find the apparition of a man right next ...

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Yeamans Hall

Hanahan, south carolina.

According to local lore, the spirit of Mary Hyrne haunts this building where she once lived. She appears as a little lady in a period black dress with a white cap.

Graves near Lincoln Village

Hartsville, south carolina.

According to local tales, an overgrown and haunted graveyard stands adjacent to the abandoned Lincoln Village apartment complex, in the wooded area at the northwest corner of the complex. Caution: The graves are sunken and the ground is soft; graves here may be deep.

Coker College

At Coker College, a private liberal arts school founded in 1908, a ghostly girl is said to roam in a dorm building. The ghost also is said to cause strange sounds, turn off radios and make alarm clocks ring in the middle of the night. According to campus legend, she ...

Charleston Naval Shipyard

North charleston, south carolina.

At the Charleston Naval Base, the apparition of a slave girl has been noticed in a clump of trees.

Summerville Light

Summerville, south carolina.

The Summerville Light is believed to be the ghost of a woman who lived here over 100 years ago. Legend has it that she met her husband at the train after work every night, with a lantern to guide them home. He was killed in a logging accident nearby, and ...

Old Village Post House - Guilds Inn

Once the "Guilds Inn" (until around 2004), this is now a restaurant and inn called "Old Village Post House". It was featured in "Haunted Inns of the Southeast" under its previous incarnation. The book suggested that the ghost of its previous owner, Captain Samuel Guilds, still haunted the ...

Patriots Point Museum - USS Yorktown

The USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Museum is an Essex-class aircraft carrier named in honor of the sunken USS Yorktown, destroyed in 1942 during the Battle of Midway. The vessel has been used in films "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and "The Philadelphia Experiment among others. Witnesses, both staff and visitors, have ...

Fort Sumter

Charleston, south carolina.

Fort Sumter is said to be haunted by a soldier's ghost. On April 13, Union Army Major Robert Anderson surrendered Fort Sumter to the Confederates. He ordered a final 100-gun salute to the Union flag, and on the 47th shot, a gun misfired and killed Union Soldier Daniel Hough. Since ...

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Charleston Harley Davidson - Bicycle Shoppe

Formerly Charleston Harley-Davidson, the Bicycle Shoppe is rumored to be haunted by a good and an evil spirit. Witnesses have noticed a strong, sweet fragrance in certain places on the premises.

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Jasmine House Inn

According to reports, a guest in the Chrysanthemum Room awoke to find a woman's ghost standing near his bed. The guest said that the ghost didn't want him to leave the inn. To show her displeasure at his leaving, she tore up his newspaper into tiny pieces and left them ...

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11 Best Beaches In South Carolina

Posted: June 9, 2023 | Last updated: June 9, 2023

South Carolina, known as The Palmetto State, boasts over 2,876 miles of coastal shoreline and 34 barrier islands. That adds up to a lot of beaches — from the northernmost beach at Cherry Grove to Bloody Point Beach on the southern tip of Daufuskie Island. No matter your beach ethos, South Carolina has one waiting for you.

Several South Carolina beaches are well-known travel destinations with boardwalks clamoring with teams of people, a mega SkyWheel, and world-class restaurants and shops. Others are small, quiet strips of pristine white sand — almost deserted beaches — favored by the locals.

With dozens of different beaches along the South Carolina shore, it’s difficult to choose just one favorite. Here is a list of my 11 favorite South Carolina beaches.

1. Myrtle Beach

The #1 tourist destination in all of South Carolina is Myrtle Beach . With over 19 million visitors a year, Myrtle Beach is the most obvious choice for this list. It is a family- and budget-friendly vacation spot with something for everyone with its famous boardwalk and mega SkyWheel .

If by chance, you tire of the Sun and fun at the beach, there is a host of other activities and venues around Myrtle Beach. Have dinner at an award-winning restaurant, see a live show at a theater, spend a few hours at a theme-park entertainment complex, or attend a sporting event. And there is no shortage of water sports including boating, fishing, and paddling.

2. Kiawah Island

Some say that the closest you’ll come to paradise in South Carolina is on Kiawah Island, 25 miles southwest of Charleston. Boasting seven award-winning golf courses, the island is hailed as one of the premier golf resort destinations on the East Coast. 

Most of Kiawah Island’s beaches are privately owned, accessible only to property owners and renters. If you are not staying on the island, the only public beach is at Beachwalker County Park . It is a fantastic day-trip beach and worth the drive.

Pro Tip: Beachwalker County Park has a boardwalk, accessibility to public restrooms and showers, seasonal lifeguards, a snack bar, and rentals.

3. Pawleys Island

One of the oldest resort areas on the East Coast, Pawleys Island is the perfect low-key, laid-back getaway spot. The island, just over 3 miles long and a half-mile wide, is still largely non-commercialized and a local favorite beach. There are eight public beach access points ; the largest and with the most parking being on the south end.

As mentioned above, Pawleys is a historic resort area. It has several incredible historic homes to check out as you drive to the beach. Along with nearby golf and restaurants, the area is host to dozens of festivals year-round.

Pro Tip: Pawleys Island beach access points do not have showers or restrooms.

4. Edisto Beach

Edisto Beach is located on a barrier island between Hilton Head and Charleston. It is a South Carolinian family vacation destination favorite. Its quiet and off-the-beaten-path location still holds plenty of adventure for a fun-filled vacation.

In addition to Edisto Beach State Park , there are 37 public beach access points. Gray’s Beach is perfect for shelling and finding ever-elusive sharks’ teeth. At Boneyard Beach, visitors will delight in the photos they can take amongst driftwood backdrops. There is plenty for vacationers to do on this South Carolina island .

5. Isle Of Palms

Isle of Palms is a small beach community featuring 6 miles of accessible shoreline situated just northeast of Charleston and Sullivan’s Island — home of Fort Moultrie National Historic Park . Centrally located on the island, Isle of Palms County Park and Beach offers loads of water sports activities including kayaking, fishing, and surfing, plus amenities like chair and umbrella rentals, outdoor showers, and seasonal lifeguards.

If the only sand you’re interested in is avoiding sand traps, this small barrier island offers two championship golf courses, both of which are open to the public.

6. Folly Beach

Another favorite of both Charleston locals and visitors alike is Folly Beach , just 11 miles south of downtown Charleston. A visit to Folly Beach revolves around the water (of course!) and being in the great outdoors.

Take a break from sightseeing in “the city” while relaxing on the beach. Or try surfing, boating, paddling, or biking — just a few ways to enjoy the natural beauty of Folly Beach.

Pro Tip: Be sure to plan an early start to your day trip to Folly Beach. If the weather is warm, you can expect heavy traffic and difficulty finding parking.

7. Surfside Beach

Known as “The Family Beach,” there are 36 public beach access points with 12 beach-area parking lots. I found Surfside Beach to be just the spot for rest and relaxation away from the hubbub of more well-known “touristy” beaches in the area.

With nearby Brookgreen Gardens , Atalya Castle , and Hunting Beach State Park, there is no shortage of adventure to be had.

Pro Tip: For wheelchair access and chair availability, plus parking and other pertinent information, visit Surfside Beach .

8. Huntington Beach State Park

One of my favorite beaches in South Carolina, Huntington Beach State Park is located near Murrell’s Inlet Marshwalk . The park boasts 3 miles of pristine and undeveloped white sand beach for swimming, shelling, fishing, meandering out on a fishing pier, and even walking out onto a rock jetty.

In addition, the state park has 2,500 acres of maritime forest and salt marsh with campsites, picnic shelters, hiking trails, and interpretive boardwalk trails over marshland.

Pro Tip: For even more adventurous off-the-beach fun, be sure to visit Atalaya Castle, a National Historic Landmark accessible from the same beach parking lot.

9. Cherry Grove Beach

Cherry Grove is the northernmost South Carolina beach. Almost at the North Carolina border, Cherry Grove Beach lies between Little River and North Myrtle Beach. It is a small, laid-back, family-friendly beach complete with an oceanfront park and a fishing pier.

Nearby is Heritage Shores Nature Preserve — easily one of the most unique parks in South Carolina. It features more than 7 acres of walking paths with interpretive signage at dozens of stations describing the wide array of plants, animals, fish, and bird species that live in the area. The site is ideal for outdoor recreation including fishing, kayaking, hiking, and bird watching.

Pro Tip: Cherry Grove Fishing Pier and Cherry Grove Oceanfront Park offer handicapped beach access and beach showers.

10. Hilton Head Island

Another wildly popular SC beach destination, Hilton Head Island sits 30 miles north of Savannah, Georgia. Its year-round sunshine, warm temperatures, and 12 miles of pristine coastal shoreline make Hilton Head home to some of the best beaches, not only in South Carolina but in the entire United States. Shipyard, Coligny, and Burkes Beaches are just a few of them.

Pro Tip: Alder Lane Beach, Coligny Beach Park, Driessen Beach Park, Folly Field Beach Park, and Islanders Beach Park are all equipped with mats making them wheelchair accessible.

11. Daufuskie Island

Daufuskie Island offers 3 miles of white sand beaches, all of which are open to the public. Lounge in the sand and sun all day watching dolphins, pelicans, and osprey peruse the shore for shells, or take a walk down to Bloody Point — South Carolina’s southernmost beach. If you like to fish, Bloody Point is the “secret” local fishing hole.

What makes Daufuskie Island and its beaches so different and unique? There is no bridge to Daufuskie Island. The only way to get there is by boat. Water taxi and ferry boat services run from Bluffton, Hilton Head, and Savannah.

Along with a plethora of beaches to choose from, the South Carolina coast also offers historic towns full of southern charm, six state and national parks, and outdoor recreation of every kind. Golf is also abundant in South Carolina. You’ll find premier golf courses near most of the beaches on this list.

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