Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort

4.8
#1 of 11 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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  • We were not able to visit on this vacation due to storm related damage. However have on previous trips. There is good camping, and during low tide one can walk from Harbor to Hunting.  more »
  • Beautiful beaches, friendly employees, beautiful light house. It does cost $2 a person to climb the light house, but it's worth it  more »
  • Amazing beach, especially because the storm damage makes it so really interesting. The charge to climb the lighthouse might have been built into the entry charge... since I don't like paying twice for...  more »
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  • Great place lots to do. My only complaint is that mother nature devistated the park. The park is working very hard to repair and update the park. Must see is the light house. You can climb 167 steps to the top. You'll have a 360 degree view from the cat walk around the top of light house. On a clear day they say you can see forty miles.
  • Absolutely beautiful and worth the extra time from Beaufort, SC. Big beach...it was hit by Hurricanes..that in itself is interesting to see. The boardwalk across the road from the beach/lighthouse - don't miss it...and take the extra 3 mile drive down to the Nature Center end of road - beautiful pier there looking towards Fripp Island. So peaceful.
  • Memories for the last 35 years there of pure natural beauty A place to hear the waves hitting the shore and the smell of salt water and remembering the excitement and children looming for shark teeth,sand dollars, and conk shells in pools. Some of my happiest days. No pressure just over whelming beauty. God bless Hunting Island and those who go there and support her healing from the storms.
  • Love to fish off the pier. Laid back vibe.
  • Beautiful scenery, amazing photo ops
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