Hunting Island Lighthouse, Beaufort

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Climb to the top of Hunting Island Lighthouse for views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding marshes. Built in 1859 to warn ships to stay far away from nearby sandbars, wrecks, and treacherous currents, the lighthouse is the only one in the state still open to the public. The lighthouse has a height restriction, so kids might not be able to climb to the top. The climb features many steps as well as rest areas along the way. Plan a trip to Beaufort easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • We drove out to this lighthouse from downtown Beaufort - it took about 30 minutes. It cost $14 for 4 of us to get in the park (1 adult, 3 kids), and then $8 more for all 4 of us to walk to the top of ...  more »
  • This is worth the trip to the state park. It's a few hours worth of entertainment to also visit the undisturbed beach and the nature center and pier which is at the second entrance just past the entra...  more »
  • My nieces and sons went up the lighthouse and us adults watched them from below. We all walked together in the historic area. It was neat. Afterwards, we went to the beach and collected shark teeth. F...  more »
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  • I loved this place. The trees in the beach were gorgeous and the gift shop had a good variety. It is only $2/person to climb. Another lighthouse stamp on my passport!
  • I absolutely love this park. Beautiful place, that's great to bring the dogs. $5 per person entry, and $2 to go up in the lighthouse.
  • Stopped by on our way from Savannah to Charleston to visit the lighthouse, only to be told that it was closed. If you check the website, no where does it explicitly say that the lighthouse is currently closed. Disappointing, to say the least. Furthermore, the staff in the nature center were not polite. No one spoke to myself nor my girlfriend the 10+ minutes we were in the center. Where Hunting Island State Park earns two stars is for the beach -- Absolutely gorgeous and untouched, nice to see such a beach still exists on the East Coast.
  • Hunting Island had been a part of my life since 1968. It is beautiful & relaxing. The volunteer workers have done a splendid job in helping with the restoration after Hurricane Matthew & I was very happy to see the Lighthouse & her out buildings still looking good. Never miss an opportunity to go there - & I'm a permanent resident.
  • What a beautiful historic lighthouse! The staff was wonderful and so were the views! I'm very happy we had the opportunity to stop and visit.

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