Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort

4.7
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
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 camped at Hunting Island Campground for two nights and it was just not enough. With the pandemic we were looking for a social distanced family trip and this was perfect! We camped in site #158...  more »
  • We stayed the weekend in the state park campground. Negative up front: spray for mosquitoes, they will carry you away. The campground shows it’s wear but several hurricanes have tore it up in the...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places if not my very favorite. I love this place no matter the season, weather, or day of the week. It’s pristine, gorgeous, and so unique. A great place to walk, fish, swim, and just hangout.
  • A top spot in Beaufort, and one of the best beaches I've ever been to. Idyllic, and undeveloped. Drive through maritime forest and walk through palm trees to get to beautiful sandy beaches. If you visit off season, you can often get long stretches of the island to yourself! They also have amazing trails to hike and bike and a great historic lighthouse.

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