Brittany is an self-published author, blogger, poet, and book reviewer who lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Facts and Information
Loris is a small city in northern Horry Country, South Carolina (pronounced OR-REE). The city is just seven miles from the state's border with North Carolina. Loris is known for its small-town charm and the Bog-Off Festival held every October. Residents from all over the county come to this festival to experience good old chicken bog! There are many activities for kids, plenty of vendors, a car show, and live entertainment. Loris is a city if someone is looking to live near the beach but is willing to drive a bit longer to stay away from the hustle and bustle. Loris is an ideal spot to experience the beaches in both North and South Carolina. The population in Loris was just 2,676 in 2020 but is continuing to grow. If you enjoy southern hospitality, small town charm, buying local, having a community that treats people like family, and want to live in an area that is beach traffic free, this is your place to call home.
Beaches Near Loris
I am going to briefly go over four main beaches that are a nice drive for a day trip that residents of Loris would enjoy. Two beaches are in Horry County, South Carolina while the other two beaches are in Brunswick County, North Carolina.
- Myrtle Beach, SC This is the most commonly visited beach in my area. Tourists from all over the coast come to visit Myrtle Beach for its affordability and attractions. There are plenty of things to do for families and young people who enjoy the nightlife including Broadway at the Beach, Family Kingdom, Myrtle Waves, the Boardwalk, and the Skywheel. Myrtle Beach is approximately forty minutes from Loris.
- North Myrtle Beach, SC This beach town is more appealing to locals and families. While attractions are more expensive than Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle is cleaner and safer. Popular attractions include Barefoot Landing and Alligator Adventure. North Myrtle Beach is around a 30 minute drive from Loris.
- Ocean Isle Beach, NC This seaside gem of a town is one hundred percent dedicated to locals. The price for parking depends on what you plan on doing for the day, and there are fewer people on the beach. There is one big playground, one minigolf course, and one building that has a gift shop, arcade, and food court. Ocean Isle Beach is about a 50 minute drive from Loris.
- Sunset Beach, NC Sunset Beach is one of the prettier beaches near Loris. This beach can get just as busy as Myrtle Beach, but the environment is less commercialized. This is another beach town dedicated to locals with more things to do than Ocean Isle Beach. The main attraction is the Kindred Spirit mailbox. This is a place where people can write down positive thoughts on paper and put their letters inside the mailbox for others to read. The mailbox is actually on Byrd Island, but you can walk to this destination from Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach is a 45 minute drive from Loris.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
This campground is located in Tabor City, North Carolina and is only a 10 drive if you are coming from downtown Loris. They offer log cabins, RV sites, and tents for eager campers. When you camp with Jellystone Park, campers are allowed to use amenities such as their pool, a water play area for smaller kids, minigolf, a pool specifically for volleyball, splash zone, jumping pad, basketball court, bike track, laser tag, corn hole courts, indoor pool, fishing ponds, horseshoes, playground, dog park, and hiking trails. There is also The Creamery at Daddy Joe's which is open to the public right and in front of the camp for everyone to enjoy. The creamery is known for their homemade ice cream. They even provide seasonal events for children.
Grapefull Sisters Vineyard
Located in Tabor City, North Carolina, this vineyard is perfect for locals who are wanting to attend a wine tasting, looking to purchase homemade jams, sauces, and pickles, plan a wedding, or even camp. The location is a great choice for locals. They have great customer service and fantastic products. Many people people come to enjoy a glass of wine with a friend and sit on their wooden porch to relax.
Lake Waccamaw State Park
Lake Waccamaw is a state park in Columbus County, North Carolina. This is a great place to visit if you enjoy the outdoors. People can camp, walk trails, fish, enjoy a picnic, enjoying boating and paddling, rock climbing, and swimming. Swimming does however require caution because there are alligators in Lake Waccamaw. Sometimes there are events held at the state park, and there is an online calendar for anyone to look up. If you enjoy learning, there is a museum and exhibit for people and kids to get involved in right next to the water. Lake Waccamaw State Park is just under an hour-long drive from Loris.
If you are thinking about moving to Loris, South Carolina, there are many benefits and perks to living in this location. While Loris is a small town and does not offer as much as Myrtle Beach, the location is ideal, and the environment is homey and welcoming. I can't imagine living in any other city in Horry County. While I enjoy visiting different areas in my county, my anxiety rises when in crowded areas. I like the idea of driving back home to a smaller environment. Loris feels like home instead of a tourist destination, and that holds strong appeal for down to earth people who enjoy a slower-paced lifestyle.