Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort

(4.7/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Hunting Island State Park and other Beaufort attractions using our handy Beaufort trip builder.
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  • Hunting Island State Park is just that, a state park. Do not expect restaurants. That being said, it is a gem! Sand dollars galore, wide open beach, miles of walking. 
  • We visited the park in November and it was still closed due to the damage done by Hurricane Matthew. We did stop by the visitor center and went out on the pier. It is in a wonderful natural area and t...  more »
  • Beautiful secluded beach - at least in September. Good gift shop with snacks. Beautiful drive through park from main road to the beach, 
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  • This has to be one of the coolest state parks I've ever been to. You can park less than 100ft from the water and enjoy a day at the beach with your car super close by. The lighthouse there is much cooler than other lighthouses in the area, the moved this lighthouse from its original location to where it is now while of was in operation! There is also a fantastic pier in the south end for fishing. And if you want a almost completely private beach experience head to the south end park at the nature center and then take the 1/4 mile trek down the path to the beach. On the south end you can go hours without seeing anybody...
  • This is one of my favorite state parks. As an Ohioan, I've found myself visiting Hunting Island much less than I've wanted to. Amazing birds, amazing scenery, and amazing campsites. BEWARE, if you plan on camping, you HAVE to reserve MONTHS in advance. The entire campground fills up incredibly fast, especially in the winter months.
  • I am not a beach person, but this place made me change that. This is postcard setting. The staff was so friendly. The campground is quiet, clean, and very nice. I wish we had more time to spend at the whole park. The area and the locals are about as nice as you will find.
  • CAMPGROUND REVIEW ONLY: Wonderful campground with trees and palm trees. Great for hammocks...right on the beach too! Lots of shade. You can camp really close to the beach. Our site #9 was right across the beach access. It had a more pine needle ground and gravel instead of sand. Great for our popup. Clean and not a busy beach. You can drive your golf carts on the beach. Very nice camp store with lots of goodies and souvenirs. Friendly and helpful staff. We would give it 5 stars if the bathrooms were updated. There are a lot of bathrooms which is good...just old. We will definitely come back! Gotta make your reservations 13 months in advance...unless a tropical storm cancellation gets you in at the right moment! Ha!
  • About as unique a beach as you can find on the East Coast. Dog heaven.