Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort

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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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  • Kudos to the staff of Hunting Island SP for their hard work in reopening the park. The damage to the park was severe and the oceanfront camping and south beach still closed with a new camping area ope...  more »
  • The beach was awesome. It was nice to be on the beach and it not be overcrowded. It's a great place to find shells and shark's teeth. I know that they've been working hard on getting back to fully ope...  more »
  • While the island is still recovering from hurricane Matthew, it thankfully is back open for the season. We heard there were some issues with water contamination at the north beach, but there was no me...  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.