The “City” of Little River

by Little River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

Little River, SC is located in the Northeastern tip of the state; inland of North Myrtle Beach and south of Calabash, NC. 

Our coastal community flows along the IntraCoastal Waterway— originally called Mineola, meaning “little river,”  by local Indian tribes. With a colorful history including shipwreck survivors and pirates, the community grew into a small fishing village, and is now the gateway to the Grand Strand for many Northern visitors.

While presently a bustling community, Little River has unprecedented potential for growth in the near future. Many are attracted to Little River due to our proximity to nearby beaches and cities, as well as our lack of city taxes. But why don’t we pay city taxes?

Little River is a census-designated place, meaning we’re unincorporated and don’t have a city. There’s no city government and no town hall. While we love our neighbors, and they us, nearby cities are not responsible for Little River residents. There’s a plus and minus to everything though— we don’t pay their taxes, but we also don’t receive their benefits. So who does take care of us?

Governmental needs are overseen by Horry County Government. While many of their offices are in Conway, there are local offices for Police, Fire & Rescue, Library, DMV, Auditor, Treasurer, and more. We’re also blessed with two county park locations: North Strand Park on Hwy 57 and the CB Berry & Community Center on Hwy 179. The North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex is also located in Little River.

We are also lucky to have a dedicated chamber. The Little River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is a nonprofit, membership-based organization whose mission is to make the area a better place to live, work, and play. Like many chambers, they assist locals and visitors with a myriad of questions, and work closely with elected leadership of Horry County and state legislators to ensure our community’s needs are heard. 

They’re working hard now to ensure our community survives the current pandemic. The chamber is also collecting timely resources and information for both individuals and businesses. Visit their website, for current resources.

We hope you’ve found your treasure in Little River, SC. We’ll get through this together (6 feet apart).

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