Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort

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#1 of 12 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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  • Spent a few hours here during July 4th weekend. Beautiful drive just to get to Lighthouse. Arrive early because car lines are long to enter the park. Admission is for each individual in the vehicle. L...  more »
  • If you want a beach trip without the typical touristy vibe, go here. We were there during the July 4th weekend, so it was pretty crowded. I'd love to go back again when there would be fewer people. It...  more »
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  • Loved our stay in Hunting Island State Park. Very clean and well managed. Beautiful beaches. We had a day visit first, then came back and stayed 2 nights in a camp site. We'll be back in the fall.
  • Nice little beach. Not crowded. Really enjoyed the ride coming into the park, felt like a jungle tour. Short walk to beach. Some of the restrooms were closed. There was a small problem with baby jellyfish, so take Vinegar (takes away the sting) and lifeguards also mentioned hand sanitizer would also work for stinging. There is also a lighthouse that you can go up.
  • Great beach 🏝 rode bikes on the trails and beach. The “boneyard’ of felled trees was amazing. You can hang a hammock but Please don’t put nails in the trees like I saw someone do. 🤬 there’s a nice grove of trees near the water to have a picnic. There’s also a changing area and outside showers to rinse off. Would advise getting there before 10am to get a parking spot near the beach. I had to go all the out by the ranger station to park.
  • We camped in early June, 2018. Pros: Lovely beach, clean and not over crowded. Clean bath houses. Allowed pets. Sites are large so you don't feel like you're camping on top of your neighbor. Young staff were friendly. Cons: No parking at beach front even for handicap (there's tons of room for it from old campsites not being used), and long walk fighting off mosquitos and yellow files. Bugs are horrid and you can't enjoy the outside at campsite unless you come prepared with screened in areas, huge fans and bug spray (body spray didn't help much). We saw a regular visitor spray each day with a garden hose and bug killer. Park official said the State sprays twice a week, but we were there two weeks and never saws them. To give you an idea of how bad the problem is, after just a couple days I counted 40 bites on just one of my husbands legs between (and not including) his knee and ankle, and all we did was walk to the beach and bath house. Conclusion: We'll look for another place to stay next time. We like to enjoy the entire stay, not just the beach. Since there's nothing to do around there, the environment should be livable.

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