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Hunting Island State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Hunting Island State Park
Description - 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.

Recreation - 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.

Climate - 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.

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


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Filed By: Camping Freaks
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We visted this park in Mid-July of 2005. My husband went to this campground as a kid in the early 80's.His father was from this part of the state.I thought during the ride to the middle of no where. Where in world was he taking us. But, once we arrived it was like arriving in paradise.It's like a hidden gem in the state of SC. Not populated at all, you don't have to sit in traffic, to go places. Very educational for the Children.Just some very well spent quality FAMILY time. We never left once we got there, for a weeks stay.

Filed By: Adeline Smith
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went there a few months ago and had so much fun!The best part was catching hermit crabs underneath the bridge of the nature path and almost losing my shoe in the sand. The building by the pier has classes from time to time. I participated in the crab catching class and had a lot of fun. Although I went there around July 4th of 2003 the people there were really nice and were not a bother at all! I highly recomend this place for family outings and class field trips. There is a bike rental place, float rentals and a store all within 5 miles to the right of the exit of the park. I hope this will help you decide on a vacationing spot!

Filed By: Trisha Terry (Lancaster, sc)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is one of the most beautiful state parks I have ever been to. Campsites are spacious and private, park is very clean, and there is always something you can do, but my favorite thing is to just relax. There are large shopping centers such as Wal-Mart and nice grociers as Publix located in or near Beaufort(about 16 miles away). Ollies restauraunt is a wonderful waterfront place to dine out on Ladys Island(about 12 miles away). Its also a very animal friendly place.

Filed By: Craig
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Just returned from four days tent camping at the park. Large campsites with water and electricity on each site. Very dog friendly place (well behaved dogs are welcome in the campground and on the beach), as long as your dog isn't as crazy as mine. A very clean, well managed State Park with helpful staff. So much stuff to do in the park, we never had time to go out in the surrounding area. Went sea kayaking, surf and pier fishing, touring the lighthouse area, and of course laying on the beach. Better hurry to visit though, Hunting Island has the highest erosion rate of any barrier island on the east coast, 15 to 35 feet per year! Some campsites have been lost to Mother Nature and she will get more before the major beach reformation project takes place next year. We will definitely go back in the future.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hunting Island has one of the best managed South Carolina campgrounds I have seen. Unlike Myrtle Beach State Park, the sites are actually located on the ocean and are a very short walk from the beach. Be Warned though, the beach has palm trees, asphalt, concrete, and cable sticking out of it from maybe an old building or something but it is very dangerous at high tide. The drive is a short way from Beaufort, maybe about 30 minutes. Bring all your food though, because once you leave the charleston area, you don't pass anything except gas stations all the way there. For those interested in shopping, there is a small surf shop/ice cream place right before you go over the bridge onto the island. In the campground, sites are oceanfront and very spacious. They rent for about $17-22 per night depending on season. Bath Houses are very clean and checked daily for that with good old hot showers. There are also outside showers on the bathhouses for rinsing off. In the park there is also a wild life viewing area (YOU CANT SEE ANYTHING) but anyway, there are alot of deer that come out at night. We saw about 8-10 deer walking near our campsite starting after midnight. All in all I would reccomend this place for a fun trip.


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Contact Information:
Hunting Island, 2555 Sea Island Parkway , Hunting Island, SC, 29920, Phone: 843-838-2011

Additional Information:
Lowcountry Region - The Lowcountry Region of South Carolina includes the Atlantic coast and the coastal plain. It covers the area south and east from Sumter.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.

Links:
South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism

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