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City: Little River, SC
Counties Located In: Horry County
Zip Codes: 29566
Area Codes: 843
Square Miles: 10.8
Population: 8,960 (2010)
Density: 800/sq. mile
Little River is located in Pasquotank County, just over the Carolina border. Carved from the larger Albemarle Precinct in 1660, it was named for the Pasquotank Indians whose name is derived from an Indian word meaning “where the current divides or forks.” Two rivers flank the county, the Pasquotank and the Little River, so the name is obviously appropriate.
A preferred harbor for pirates in the 1700s and Civil War blockade-runners in the 1800s, Little River became a quiet fishing village in the 1900s where you could buy fresh fish and shrimp right off the fishing boats as they docked after a day at sea.
Today it remains an important destination for boating, shipping, crabbing and a host of other maritime activities. Quieter than Myrtle Beach, its main attractions are golf, fishing, and the Coquina Harbor and Marina. With two casino boats and other entertainment such as the Blue Crab Festival every May, Little River is no longer quaint nor little, but it remains a highly attractive destination. It is easily accessible with hotels and motels, all located along US Highway 17, its main business street.