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Waties Island – Horry County, South Carolina


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Waties Island (WAY-teez) is an undeveloped barrier island located just north of North Myrtle Beach, extending nearly three miles to the South Carolina / North Carolina border.

Waties Island

Ralph Preston of Murrells Inlet © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The island is named for William Waties, Jr., an Indian trader who discovered and claimed the land in 1735. There are several discrepancies regarding initial ownership, but the island was eventually acquired by Horace Tighlman in 1920.

The property remained in the Tighlman family until 1995, when Anne Tighlman Boyce donated over 1,000 acres to Coastal Carolina University. Waties Island is an integral part of the university’s Marine Science program and has become increasingly significant as an ecological research facility.

Waties Island Info


Address: Off SC Highway 236, Near Little River, SC 29582
Website: http://bcmw.coastal.edu/equipment-facilities/atb-coastal-reserve

Waties Island Map



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The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Waties Island, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


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