On the northern end of the Grand Strand sits the quaint seaside town of Little River. Known as the earliest settlement in Horry County, the town dates back to the early 18th century and was known mostly as a fishing village. Legend has it that pirates such as the likes of Edward Teach (Blackbeard), William Kidd and Anne Bonney visited the area. Little River was a favorite spot for these pirates because of its natural port.
Currently, Little River is a mecca for water sports such as jet skiing, kayaking, boating, as well as fishing and crabbing. The town enjoys hosting two extremely popular festivals, The World Famous Blue Crab Festival held each year in May and the Little River Shrimp and Jazz Festival held in October. This little town sure does know how to throw a party. Other fun activities in Little River are the boat tours, charter boat fishing and the Big "M" Casino boat where you can enjoy food and fun. Another attraction is Vereen's Gardens that offers you a scenic walk through the woods and boardwalk over the marsh.
There are plenty of options for dining in Little River. Some waterfront selections are Crab Catchers on the Waterfront, Snooky's on the Water, Patio's Tiki Bar & Grill, Captain Juel's Hurricane Restaurant and Clark's Sea Food & Chop House (with a view of the waterfront.) A few further inland restaurants to enjoy great food are the Brentwood House, the Parson's Table, and Chianti South.
A great addition to the Little River area is Shark Wake Park. The park is located at 150 Citizens Circle in Little River just off of Rt. 31. It is the largest inflatable, floating obstacle course on the east coast. The park also includes wake boarding, Go Ape! Treetop Adventures, additional sports facilities and a dog park. You can also enjoy sunning on the viewing deck or go grab some food and drinks from the Shark Shack.
If you are in the area, you won’t want to miss this lovely little gem called Little River.