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Hunting Island State Park

2555 Sea Island PKWY, Saint Helena Island, South Carolina 29920 USA

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Tue 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“Experience the History of Hunting Island!”

Hunting Island is a secluded semitropical barrier island located east of Beaufort, South Carolina, USA. Since 1935, it has been classified as a state park. It is the most-visited state park facility in South Carolina and is a part of the ACE Basin estuarine reserve area. Renowned for its natural beauty, the island remains one of the few remaining undeveloped Sea Islands in the Lowcountry. The park is known for its 19th century lighthouse which bears its name. The park's unique beach has been featured in several travel publications and was listed in 2013 as a Top 25 beach in the United States by TripAdvisor. HistoryHunting Island retains its colonial designation of the "Hunting Islands", which served as hunting preserves for Lowcountry planters and elite in the 19th and early 20th century. As the name implies, the island was once used for hunting deer, raccoon, waterfowl and other small game. The first signs of human activity came in the 1850s when the first Hunting Island light was constructed. The original light was destroyed by Confederate forces in the early days of the Civil War. Ten years after the Civil War ended the lighthouse was rebuilt, and later relocated to its current position.

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Reviewed by
ktthomad1007

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
January 25, 2015
Rated 5.0

$2/person (cash) to go up in thepo lighthouse. Very nice, friendly staff. Beach is gorgeous. Don't forget the nature center!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Paris

  • 12 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is a small but great state park. It has restrooms and beach access. They charge per person. They do offer a senior discount but only if from SC. It doesn't say that on the sign. It looks like a lush tropical jungle driving in and out. Its very clean but rustic you can find shells and watch the dolphins feed at sunset. There is a lighthouse also but it closes at 4. We will definitely go back to this park and the beach.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jnleavitt

  • 11 Reviews
  • 16 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

The beach was nice. There's a small entrance fee to get into the park, and don't forget to stop at the visitor's center. And when you do, see if you can spot the alligator that lives in the pond just outside the building.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Paris

  • 12 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

I forgot to add to bring your own food and drinks as there are no local restaurants within about 30 min.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Mr.Disc

  • 27 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

This is a GREAT spot! Beautiful beach, and cool jungle! The bathrooms could use some work. But all in all South Carolina has a gem here!

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Reviewed by
cobrakayaker

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

While the drive through the park is special on its own, the real gem is the Hunting Island Lighthouse. It's a mere $2 to climb the landmark and whether your a photography buff, like me, or simply like a good panoramic view - this is a must do.

When you're done with the that your head Dow. To the beach to see a landscape of beautiful driftwood.

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Reviewed by
rad680

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful drive through the park...the lighthouse climb is a must and the beach is stunning

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Reviewed by
Cmhaggar

  • 11 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

I loved this place! Nice drive, beautiful and unique forest, wonderful lighthouse to climb, great beach to walk - Driftwood forest.. 💛

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Reviewed by
Cmhaggar

  • 11 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 26, 2017
Rated 5.0

Because I loved this place so much, I need to add: This part of the barrier island is one of the only left in its natural habitat... The palm tree forest is an enchanting drive to the Lighthouse and beach... This was our second stop on our trip... You can't beat the $5 per person park fee... The access to the 'driftwood tree' beach and stretch of sand is a delight... One of my favorite finds...

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Hunting Island State Park

2555 Sea Island PKWY
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
29920 USA

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Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
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