SC History Trail

Hurl Rock Park and the William Bartram Trail

An unusual outcropping of dark rocks on the beach at Ocean Boulevard and 20th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach were cited by the 18th century naturalist William Bartram. Today the rocks have disappeared under the sand, although the site is noted by a historic marker.


Hurl Rock Park and the William Bartram Trail
20th Avenue S at Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Site Description
In 1776, famed American naturalist William Bartram traveled along the Long Bay, which would eventually become Myrtle Beach, on a scientific tour of the American South. He observed natural environments, made sketches and collected plant specimens. Here at this site, now Ocean Boulevard and 20th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach, he penned a description of a dark-colored beach rock outcropping, which he described as "cliffs of rocks."

A journal of Bartram's explorations, Bartram's Travels, was published in 1791, became an early American best-seller and is a classic account of late 18th century America. The Myrtle Beach site, originally known as the Hearl Rocks for a local family, is now a city park, Hurl Rock Park, and is cited by a historical marker on the William Bartram Trail. However, storms and sand renourishment programs have covered the rocks with sand, making them difficult or impossible to see - even at low tide.
Access and Admission
Site Access: Public
Admission: Free
Ownership: Public
Tours and Events
Guided Tours: No
Group Tours No