Fresh air and walking in nature changes the brain. Strolling in a natural setting decreases your inclination to focus on negative thoughts and your mind fills less with worry. According to Harvard Health, “Research in a growing scientific field called ecotherapy has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced stress, anxiety, and depression.” Here are ten gorgeous spots to take a walk and experience nature in the Grand Strand area – it’s good for your mental health!
Scenic walks in Myrtle Beach
- Take a long walk on the beach. The Grand Strand has 60 miles of sandy beaches!
- Stroll around Brookgreen Gardens, which has plenty of walking paths and the Lowcountry Zoo. And this would be following the doctor’s orders: Tidelands Health doctors give out walking prescriptions to Brookgreen!
- Explore Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park, and then keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you walk around the state park’s walking trails – snakes, spiders, and alligators all make appearances along the paths!
- Walk to the end of the pier at Myrtle Beach State Park, then stroll on the boardwalk along the beach for peaceful ocean views.
- Walk around Grand Park at The Market Common, which is about a 1.1 mile loop around the lake.
- McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach park has a beautiful lake, paths, and a large playground.
- The Cabana Fitness Trail by the Island Vista is only about 1/2 mile, but is located right on the ocean and has plenty of fitness stations for a fun workout.
- Walk 1.2 miles along Myrtle Beach boardwalk with the ocean on one side and stores, restaurants & attractions on the other side.
- The Conway Riverwalk is a beautiful and serene walk, about 1.5 miles on the river.
- The Georgetown Harborwalk is located right on the water, so you can stroll while looking a boats … or dip into one of the restaurants!
Alright friends, where are your favorite places to walk? Share in the comments & we’ll add to this list!