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Encyclopedia > Carolina Forest, South Carolina
The sign of Carolina Forest as approaching the community on US 501.
The sign of Carolina Forest as approaching the community on US 501.

Carolina Forest is a new community located in between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Conway, South Carolina. It is not officially a city, and is unincorporated in Horry County, SC. The area has the 29579 zip code and uses a Myrtle Beach address. The area was first established in 1996, with the first subdivision, Waterford Plantation. Several other subdivisions were soon to follow in the coming years. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (900x600, 480 KB) Summary The sign of Carolina Forest as approaching the community on US 501. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (900x600, 480 KB) Summary The sign of Carolina Forest as approaching the community on US 501. ... Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ... Conway is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. ...

Until the 1990s, Carolina Forest was the exclusive home of bears, snakes, deer, Venus flytraps and Carolina bays and waterways. Just over a decade ago, IP Realty began selling blocks of land to developers and builders, a move that resulted in a mixture of home styles — something for just about everyone. But it remains, above all, a community where hundreds of acres of parks crisscrossed with hiking trails and the preservation of the environment continue paramount to the lifestyle.

By and large, the individual neighborhoods in Carolina Forest are designed for specific financial needs, family sizes and appropriate geography and landscaping. Each builder/developer has its own sales office and model on-site, but some real estate firms have set up businesses that advertise sales in more than one — and maybe several — Carolina Forest neighborhoods.



Waterford Plantation

Waterford Plantation has quickly become the premier family neighborhood on the "quiet side" of Myrtle Beach, and still minutes from the famous beach. Features include individual home designs, sidewalks, parks, and great new schools, which are just a short walk away. This exciting community features a system of private parks throughout its 200 acres, ensuring safe and picturesque areas for play, exercise, and family fun. Prices, with homesite, range from the $160s to over $300,000.

This was the first neighborhood to go on the market in the Carolina Forest community. Its homes are diverse because all are brick or stucco- sided and custom designed, sitting on half-acre to quarter-acre lots. Trails, a golf course, tennis courts, pool, sidewalks and other amenities are all in or adjacent to Waterford. About 200 of 355 sites have been sold and built upon.

The subdivision includes:

  • Within 30 minutes of the Grand Strand’s 114 golf courses.
  • Minutes from the beach.
  • Community sidewalks.
  • New local schools.
  • Homes from $160,000 to over $300,000.
  • Homesites from $32,000.

Developer Website: http://mbliving.com/WP/index.cfm

Spring Lake

While all 226 home sites have been sold, resales of existing homes have just begun. The area is filled with friendly people, neighbors like some of us remember growing-up. There are trails to run and nature to watch and just enjoy. Homes are built by Centex, ranging originally from $121,000 to $195,900.

POA Website: http://www.springlakenews.net/


Canterbury is an apartment complex located across Carolina Forest Blvd. that almost has no vacancy.

Developer website: http://www.canterburyapt.com/

Covington Lake

Covington Lake was created to reflect community living as it should be. Handsome, well-built homes boasting marvelous views from generously sized lots. Wide, sweeping roadways flanked by tree-lined, lamp-lit sidewalks. Quiet cul-de-sacs. Underground utilities. And amenities designed complement everyday community life a Cabana, pool and a playground. All surrounded by the beauty of a meticulously preserved, natural environment that includes three well-stocked lakes.

Developer Website: http://www.covingtonlake.com/

POA Website: http://www.covingtonlakepoa.com/


Choose from one or two stories, three or four bedrooms and up to 1,654 square feet of space in this 399-site neighborhood that offers nine different floor plans, including garages. Both a playground and a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool are offered as amenities to this D.R. Horton development near schools, churches and retail centers.

Developer Website: http://www.escapehomes.com/main.aspx?tabid=31&ListingID=5336

Walker's Woods

For most homebuyers, finding a quality home for an affordable price is a dream come true… at Walkers Woods, you’ll find not only that, but also a safe and peaceful environment for you and your family to enjoy. With an emphasis on affordability without sacrificing quality, Walkers Woods offers you one of the most sought-after residential areas in the Myrtle Beach area. Located in Carolina Forest, Walkers Woods is only minutes to shopping, churches, restaurants and award winning schools. You won't believe how affordability, quality, and value can be found in one great location!

Developer Website: http://www.beazer.com/findHome/community.asp?MetroID=26&CommunityID=2249

Avalon Plantation

Avalon is an impressive family community with a magnificent waterfall entrance that welcomes you home. With a convenient location in Carolina Forest, Avalon is close to shopping, Myrtle Beach attractions, and the best schools in Horry County. The 11-acre community center is now open and features a junior Olympic swimming pool, softball and soccer fields, a full size basketball court, a playground, and more!

Avalon I has all but sold out, but adjacent Avalon III brings all the same amenities to this family-oriented neighborhood, with homes up to $157,400-plus for four bedrooms 1,980 square feet. Importantly, the neighborhood is the site of an 11-acre community center that includes soccer, pool, softball, basketball and a playground.

Developer Website: http://www.beazer.com/findHome/community.asp?MetroID=26&CommunityID=781

Sawgrass / Sawgrass East

Sawgrass East is located south of the Turnberry Apartment complex.

The subdivision offers:

  • Pool and Clubhouse
  • Pond
  • School Only 1 Mile Away!

Developer Website: http://www.portraithomes.com/index.cfm?method=OurCommunities.CommunityDetail&MAID=2&CommunityID=114

Sawgrass is east of the Sawgrass East subdivision There are a large variety of homesite sizes. The houses include masonry construction; consisting of brick, stone, stucco and hardiplank.

Developer Website: http://www.cray-inc.com/

Carolina Willows

Carolina Willows Condominiums is a Private, Gated Community of 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Villas, located in the middle of the Carolina Forest Area. Each unit is appx. 1300 sq. ft.

The subdivision offers:

  • Grand gated entrance
  • Community pool & 3 ponds
  • Underground utilities
  • Pre-wired for high-speed Internet
  • Screened porches

Developer Website: http://www.carolinawillows.com/

Plantation Lakes

Plantation Lakes offers property owners an ideal place to live. Plantation Lakes at Carolina Forest is a new Myrtle Beach community with 15 miles of lakefront shoreline.

An arched bridge that expedites waterways and a beautified traffic circle that connects the various residences immediately identifies this area as something special. These are $300,000-plus custom homes that sit on single-family lots that feel like nature’s own destiny but are close enough together to make friends.

The neighborhood includes:

  • Private Clubhouse
  • Pool complex with whirlpool and kiddie pool
  • Two tennis courts
  • Easy access to all Myrtle Beach attractions and shopping
  • Over 100 golf courses within quick driving distance
  • Playground with picnic area
  • Beach area on Lake with floating swim dock
  • Community boat landing
  • Freshwater fishing

Developer Website: http://www.tbihomes.com/2003/PLANTATIONLAKES.htm

The Farm

Offering a true taste of traditional American living, The Farm represents a whole new theme concept for the Myrtle Beach area. Eclectic elements as old fashioned plows, silos and windmills are scattered throughout the community. Amenities feature and 8,000 sq foot pool, children`s playground, community clubhouse with fitness center, as well as bike paths, sidewalks, public gardens and a proposed beach club.

D.R. Horton has just begun to develop this neighborhood, which for all the country a couple could wish for, and looks like what it’s called — a farm. With a silo and a residents’ vegetable garden, a sales office that looks like a country store, and a miniature barn for post boxes and school bus waiting, The Farm has all the trappings of country life, not to mention nearby public school sites. Homes begin in the $130s.

Developer Website: http://www.drhorton.com/corp/GetCommunity.do?dv=D6&pr=41655

Belle Grove

BelleGrove Preserve offers a Resident's club that includes a swimming pool, playgrounds, bike trails and a gazebo over the lake.

Developer Website: http://www.centexhomes.com/Myrtle-Beach/N45119.asp

Community Centers


The Carolina Forest Community Church is the community center of Carolina Forest. It includes a baseball field, and is home to many community events.


There are currently 3 public schools in the Carolina Forest attendance area. 3 more will be opened in August of 2006.

Carolina Forest Elementary

Carolina Forest Elementary School was opened in 1996 and has since doubled in school size. About half of the school's population uses a portable classroom. The school is bordered by the Spring Lake subdivision.

Carolina Forest Elementary

Carolina Forest Middle and High Schools were built on a combined campus in 1997. The middle school started with a total of 650 students and has grown to over 1300.

Carolina Forest High

Carolina Forest High School is well reguarded in Horry County Schools as having some of the best test scores in the countywide school system. The school is also reaching its capacity. It currently has over 1700 students.

New Schools

Three new schools will be built in Carolina Forest and are awaiting completion in August 2006. They include a new elementary school, a new middle school, and the permanent home of the School for the Arts and Sciences in Horry County. The middle school/high school campus will be turned into the high school.


There are many recreational opportunities in the Carolina Forest area.


There are two golf courses in Carolina Forest, Man O' War and The Wizard golf courses. Both are located next to Windsor Green and Waterford Plantation. The River Oaks neighborhood, which borders Carolina Forest, also has several golf courses. Myrtle Beach has over 100 golf courses in the area.

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach has many recreational opportunities around the city. Myrtle Waves is a water park located at 10th Ave N and US 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach. NASCAR Speed Park is located at 21st Ave N and US 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach.

Current Issues


Notable Occurrences in Carolina Forest

The R. E. Goodson Construction Company Case

The R. E. Goodson Construction Company is based in Darlington, SC. The company signed a subcontract for grading and filling the Carolina Bays Parkway in Horry County, near Carolina Forest. For the purpose of excavating fill dirt, R.E. Goodson Construction Company acquired a tract of 392 acres in Horry County from International Paper Realty Corporation at a price of $2,400,000 (Tract 19A).

The company was not informed that the tract it purchased is a Formerly Used Defense Site, and was once part of the Conway Bombing and Gunnery Range; when R.E. Goodson Construction Company began excavating fill dirt from the tract it purchased, it began discovering parts of munitions, including a 250-pound bomb that had never detonated, which was uncovered on April 1, 2000. The bomb found by R.E. Goodson Construction Company was removed by an Army munitions unit and the Army Corps of Engineers was notified.

The Corps of Engineers inspected the site and acknowledged its responsibility to clear the tract, but informed R.E. Goodson that it would undertake the work through a contractor, and that the contractor could not begin work before July 6, 2000; R.E. Goodson Construction Company could not find fill dirt in sufficient quantities elsewhere and was compelled to begin excavating fill dirt in order to comply with its contract and avoid substantial penalties.

R.E. Goodson Construction Company engaged USA Environmental, Inc., the same firm that the Corps of Engineers intended to engage to clear the tract, and on May 17, 2000, USA Environmental began work. During the clearance operations, USA Environmental found and disposed of the following ordnance remains: eighty-eight AN-M54 thermate-filled, 4-pound incendiary bombs, two M1A1 spotting charges from 100-pound practice bombs, four 5-inch high velocity aircraft rocket warheads, and over 4,300 pounds of scrap.

For its services, which were completed on June 10, 2000, USA Environmental rendered a statement to R.E. Goodson Construction Company in the amount of $84,941.00; beginning in September, 2000, the Corps of Engineers undertook the continued clearing of the site, also under contract with USA Environmental, and anticipated completion of the clearance by May 1, 2002.

R.E. Goodson Construction Company had requested reimbursement from the Corps of Engineers, but had been informed that the Corps lacks the authority to make such a reimbursement, and the Corps of Engineers acknowledged its liability for clean-up of the site as a Formerly Used Defense Site, and does not contest the amount charged by USA Environmental under its contract with R.E. Goodson Construction Company.

The Official U.S. House of Representatives Bill of the Case



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