Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort

4.7
#1 of 14 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 stayed as close as possible at the Quality Inn at Helena Island...a short distance fro Hunting Island. It was a very foggy foggy day but we wanted to photography so went out early anyway for sunris...  more »
  • A wonderful park to visit and decompress. Come early or late to avoid crowds. Bring your camera. Stop at the visitor center.  more »
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  • Hunting Island is one of my favorite day trips from Charleston. Not only is the beach pristine, but the drive down takes you through some of the prettiest areas in the Lowcountry.
  • Wonderful spot. Well signed and well placed amenities (parking, restrooms, etc). Friendly and helpful staff and affordable admission fee. Great place to visit and spend a day exploring the lighthouse, the beach, and the activity center.

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