Local Talk Glossary

Every place has its glossary, local terms, names, and places that are familiar to locals, but unknown to outsiders. Myrtle Beach is no exception.

This will be an ongoing project, so if you have any Local Talk terms you think we should add, please contact me or add your comments below.

Local Talk - Our Glossary of Myrtle Beach Terms

Back Gate – Still referred to as the “back gate” the east side of the intersection of Highway 17 Bypass and Highway 707 was once the back entry gate of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Today it is the western entrance to the Market Commons area on Farrow Parkway.

Back Gate Bridge - The overpass at the intersection of U. S. Highway 17 Bypass and S. C. 707/Farrow Parkway that was completed in 2014.

Bike Week – Started in the 1940s as an organized event of Harley owners, Bike Week is now discouraged by city officials as rowdy and disruptive. The “Week” still occurs unofficially several times a year, mostly in the spring and fall, but most bikers now cruise outside the city limits.

Black Bike Week – Launched in 1980 by the Flaming Knight Riders, Black Bike Week was the African American bikers’ answer to the annual rally and consists mostly of younger street bikers.

Bypass – U. S. Highway 17 originally went through all the towns along the Grand Strand and still does as Business Highway 17. Alternate Highway 17, built in the 1980s, bypassed these towns, and thus became known as the Bypass or 17 Bypass.

Carolina Forest – Once a vast forested area between Myrtle Beach and Conway, Carolina Forest is today largely developed as residential housing and includes such subdivisions as The Farm, Bellegrove, Plantation Lakes, and Walkers Woods.

Chicken Bog - A chicken, rice, and sausage dish similar to a moist chicken pilau that is an Horry County staple. Each October the town of Loris hosts the annual Bog-Off Festival.

Common (The) – The Common refers to the Market Common, an upscale shopping and residential “new urbanism” center located just south of the Myrtle Beach airport. The site is the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

Gullah – Mostly located in the Charleston area, the Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans and their tradition of speech and culture stretches all along the Lowcountry.

Golden Mile – A residential section of Ocean Boulevard between 60th Avenue North and 68th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach that consists of private beachfront homes.

The Golden Mile, Myrtle BeachA private home on the Golden Mile

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Hermitage – Once the home of Dr. Allard Flagg and his sister Alice, the house today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a private residence. It is part of the Murrells Inlet Historic District.

Long Bay - Found on historical maps, the term Long Bay was given to that expanse of the Atlantic that runs from Frying Pan Shoals at the mouth of the Cape Fear River in North Carolina to the south end of the Waccamaw Neck. Although not really a bay, the term has endured and you'll find everything from resort developments to small service companies called Long Bay.

Lowcountry – Also spelled as two words, Low Country, the term refers to both the geographic region of the South Carolina coastal area as well as the culture and traditions of cooking and architecture.

Marsh - The shallow, grassy wetlands between the mainland and the barrier islands that flood with salt water on the tide. They are great for kayaking and oystering.

Carousel HorseSome rides from the old Pavilion are now at Broadway at the Beach.

Pavilion – Fondly remembered by natives and long-time residents, the Pavilion was originally a beach front, octagon-shaped wooden structure built in 1908 where dances were held. By the late 1940s an amusement park had been added which operated for over 60 years. The Pavilion closed permanently and was demolished in 2007. Some of the old rides are now at Broadway at the Beach.

Restaurant Row - Traditional location of a high concentration of restaurants, located on an approximate one-mile stretch of U. S. Highway 17, North between The Carolina Opry and Veterans Highway (Highway 22).

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The swing bridge in North Myrtle Beach

Swing Bridge – There are three swing bridges spanning the waterway in different locations on the Grand Strand; one in Socastee at Dick Pond Road, one at Barefoot Resort, and one in North Myrtle Beach at Sea Mountain Highway. They date back to the construction of the Intracoastal Waterway in the 1930s. When locals talk about the swing bridge, they usually mean the one in Socastee at Dick Pond Road. You’ll know you’re at the swing bridge when you find yourself sitting in a line of traffic waiting for the boats on the waterway to pass through.

Waccamaw Neck

Waccamaw Neck – The peninsula located between the Waccamaw River and the Atlantic Ocean that runs from Murrells Inlet, past Georgetown to Winyah Bay and the Atlantic.

Waterway – Formally the Intracoastal Waterway, this body of water is man made and constructed in the 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration. It stretches about 30 miles from the inlet at Little River to where it meets the Waccamaw River at Enterprise Landing in Socastee.

The Intracoastal Waterway at the North Myrtle Beach end.

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