One of the oldest towns in South Carolina, Conway was created in 1734 under the name of Kingston.
While it's only a short 12-mile drive from Myrtle Beach, Conway seems worlds away. Enter town via the restored Main Street Bridge, and it's immediately obvious that Conway cherishes its rich history. Self-guided tours offer insight into the past, and an impressive number of sites and buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic riverboat cruises offer a unique way to enjoy the impressive lush scenery and history of Conway. Huge moss-draped live oak trees offer a canopy of shade to the streets, and majestic old homes never fail to make a stately impression.
Conway's Riverwalk area will impress visitors with an 850-foot boardwalk that offers a stunning view of the Waccamaw River. Nearby, canoes and pontoon boats are available for rent. This is an amazing way to explore the Waccamaw's tributaries, and the abundance of plant and animal life found there. Riverfront Park has a lovely playground for the kids. Downtown gives visitors and locals alike an opportunity to enjoy an excellent variety of small eateries and shops.
Conway proudly boasts recognition as a Tree City USA. It is honored for its widespread planting and protection of trees. In fact, in some areas, huge moss-draped live oak trees stand confidently as vehicle traffic must yield the right of way. The massive trees provide a canopy of shade to the streets- something locals and visitors alike will appreciate during the summer months.
At the Horry County Museum, visitors will enjoy learning about the history of the area, dating back to prehistoric times. A special exhibit features animals of the region, and it is especially enjoyed by children.
Conway is about 20 miles inland from Myrtle Beach near the intersection of US Highways 701 and 501.