The Gateway to the Grand Strand is probably one of the most tragically forgotten destinations during a Myrtle Beach vacation. Highway 328 arrives in Conway at the intersection with Highway 501; from here it would be an easy 15 mile drive to the beach. I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to see the sand and surf, but let me tell you a few things you’ll be missing in this friendly town.
The downtown area is filled with great local shops, eateries, and scenery. The Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile trail alongside the Waccamaw River. The combination of concrete paths and wooden boardwalks guides visitors along the beautiful scenery of the river, passed several historic and rustic warehouses, ending in a park near the city marina. It’s possible to see an alligator or two in the river but you are more likely to see kayakers, egrets, and herons.
The town loves its oak trees. They love them so much you can even pick up a self-guided walking tour at the visitor center. The tour whisks you around the downtown area, along quaint street, and to some of the largest and oldest oak trees in the region.
Conway Glass is more than just a glassblowing shop owned by a local couple, it’s also a place to take art classes, enjoy special events, and view some local artwork.
If you want something to eat try the Trestle Bakery and Cafe (especially for breakfast), Rivertown Bistro, or the Ocean Fish Market.