Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort

4.7
#1 of 9 in Nature in Coastal South Carolina
Stretching over 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres), Hunting Island State Park is home to picturesque beaches, a maritime forest, and a variety of wildlife. Begin by picking up some general information about the park from the visitor center. The center connects with an extensive trail system and is just a short distance from several beach access points. Set out on the highly recommended 9.8 km (6.1 mi) loop trail to wander through the forest, along the lagoon, and to the marsh boardwalk--a great area for spotting wildlife. You can learn more about the island's history and ecosystem and see some live animals up close at the nature center. Consider climbing up the park's 19th-century lighthouse for views of the ocean, beach, and marshland. A visit to Hunting Island State Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Beaufort vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The hurricane damage is still evident but the park is open & people are once again on the beach & visiting the lighthouse. You can see the damaged trees that remain in their natural state as the regro...  more »
  • I checked the website the night before to make sure they were open before we made the 1 1/2 hour drive. I was so excited about seeing the lighthouse, shelling, the beach. I packed a picnic lunch. We g...  more »
  • This park had it all! A cabin, a historical lighthouse, nature center, trails, campground, visitor center, and awesome park rangers!  more »
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  • This park is clean and well maintained. We visited during 4th of July weekend. We did not camp here, but enjoyed a walk along the beach with the beautiful driftwood surrounding us! We also loved the lighthouse! Would love to return someday!!
  • Favorite place to go to the beach. I buy the yearly pass which is good for 13 months for $75. Can take a carload of people in on it. Otherwise, it is $5 per person. South Beach is my favorite to the right of the parking area by one beach barrier. There are great spots to hang your hammock and alot less people. You feel like you have the beach to yourself even on the weekends. No lifeguards on South Beach. North Beach is more touristy and busier with lifeguards. Lighthouse is $2 per person to walk up and is worth it on a clear day. If you walk South from South Beach at low tide, you will see driftwood trees all over...makes for beautiful pictures and a great walk. The fishing pier further South is a nice walk too. Also lots of trails to walk or bike throughout the park...bring bugspray.
  • Beautiful beach! Life guard on duty. Fun trip for family. Parking is tight and first come first serve. Long walks to beach and restrooms.
  • This place was pretty and different from any other beach I have visited. The gnarled trees everywhere gave it an interesting beauty and with the small forest area beside it and the lighthouse for viewing, it's a great place to explore.
  • Great park! Still have clean up to do from hurricane Matthew but still a enjoyed our visits during a long July 4th weekend vacation.

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