What to do in Hunting Island State Park

This popular park near historic Beaufort is a large secluded barrier island with semitropical beauty and an abundance of wildlife. A variety of flora and fauna may be seen throughout the park. The historic 19th century Hunting Island lighthouse provides an excellent view of the coastline and is the only lighthouse in South Carolina open to the public. The island got its name because it was once used for hunting deer, raccoon and other small game and waterfowl. In the 1930's the park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today the park is a popular beach destination.

Visitors can choose a cabin, or camping for their overnight accommodations. The park offers 15 cabins for overnight rental and a campground with 200 campsites. There is a moderate 4-mile hiking/biking trail. Other day-use facilities include a visitor's center, a lighthouse, a park store, a beach shop, a boardwalk, a fishing pier, a boat ramp and picnic shelters. The boardwalk extends into the salt marsh for viewing wildlife or crabbing. The boat ramp provides access into the Atlantic Ocean at Harbor River.

Hunting Island provides many recreation opportunities. Some of the activities include, camping, picnicking, fishing in the creek, the lagoon or on the beach, boating, sea kayaking, hiking, biking, viewing the lighthouse, viewing wildlife, and relaxing on the beach.

Hunting Island is located along the coast in southern South Carolina, 16 miles east of Beaufort on US 21.

South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

2555 Sea Island Parkway
Hunting Island, SC 29920

Phone: 843-838-2011

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