Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Love going here. I have went multiple times and it is definitely one of the coolest places in the area. You can spend all day at this state park and the lighthouse climb is unforgettable. 
  • We absolutely loved our experience in Hunting Island State Park. The park ranger was very helpful and answered all of our questions about the bike trails. The bike trails are super fun and not to diff...  read more »
  • This park is beautiful and a quiet beach area. They filmed the Vietnam war jungle scenes from Forest Gump. There is a marsh boardwalk and a fishing pier. 
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Pros: Pet friendly, secluded family friendly camping RV or Tent Sites on the ocean front. They are fairly priced with a ranger station and a gift shop on site, historic lighthouse, a great family getaway. Cons: Restrooms need renovation.
  • This has to be the best beach and state Park on the east coast..plenty of natural beach to never feel crowded like Myrtle or Hilton Head..walking down to the south beach let's you take in just how powerful the ocean is in how over the past 10 years the oceans rising and all the storms to have gone by have eroded the beach so much many of the cabins were washed away..But you must go all the way down the south beach (2.5 mile walk) to see little blue..a cottage that is on wood pilings that is now in the ocean!!!
  • One of the most gorgeous places in the south. Great for family vacations or just a great place to take a date. The scenery is amazing and the beach is extremely well kept.
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