Sasee Takes a Look: West of the Waterway!

By Leslie Moore

Sasee Takes a Look: West of the Waterway!

Located west of the waterway, between Conway and Myrtle Beach, Carolina Forest is one of the fastest growing communities in our area. With many well-planned subdivisions, some of the best schools in the state and easy access to the sand and sun of Myrtle Beach, it’s no wonder that Carolina Forest is home to close to 35,000 people (2014 census).

Bought by International Paper in 1937, the 30,000 acre tract was used as a gunnery and bombing range in WWII. Part of the tract became what is now Coastal Carolina University and in the mid-1990s, the rest became the area’s only master planned community.

Today, Carolina Forest is bustling with shops, restaurants, schools, a library and more! A Sasee favorite, Horry County Parks & Recreation opened the Carolina Forest Recreation Center in 2012. This beautiful facility features a full size gymnasium for open gym and sport leagues, a fitness room for exercise classes, a multipurpose room with a divider for multiple events, locker rooms, kitchen, and a rock climbing wall. Little ones love the Palmetto Adventure Land Playground located behind the library. Another exciting upcoming development in Carolina Forest is new medical facilities – local hospitals arecurrently planning free standingemergency clinics in the area.

Sasee’s art director, Patrick Sullivan, lives in The Farm, one of Carolina Forest’s subdivisions – one of his favorite pastimes is taking the kids and dog out to the Horry County Bike and Run Park. Also known as “The Hulk,” the single track mountain bike and running trail starts out with a 30 foot hill climb, and then takes on characteristics of a wooden roller coaster for three fourths of the trail. With a few tight twisty sections, several switchbacks, small hill climbs, ditch digs, dramatic drops, field laps and possible speeds up to 20 mph, this is the closest thing to real mountain biking and trail running our area has to offer. It truly surprises everyone.

Another staff favorite is the new Famous Toastery in Carolina Forest. Cooler temps make the soup and sandwich lunch a perfect choice! Or stop on the way out of the house for a quick and yummy breakfast.

Clean Eatz is another great choice in Carolina Forest – delicious and healthy! Clean eating never tasted so good!

For dinner, try Sam Snead’s for a delicious meal and a glass of wine. The Sasee ladies love the great salad selections!

We all love outlet shopping and Tanger Outlets is just outside Carolina Forest – and the new Gander Mountain is the perfect place to find gifts for those outdoorsy people on your list.

What do you love in Carolina Forest?

Let us know!

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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