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Hunting Island State Park

Closed Now: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Had a great time

We drove from Beaufort - it's only about half an hour. Really enjoyed the visit. Saw the old... read more

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Jim R
Hidden gem!

This beach front state park is a beautiful place to spend a fall day! The cost is $5 a person to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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“nature center”(123 reviews)
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Park that is a large secluded barrier island with a historic 1859 lighthouse as its centerpiece.
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1775 Sea Island Pkwy, St. Helena, Beaufort, SC 29920-4808
+1 843-838-2011
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Reviewed today

We drove from Beaufort - it's only about half an hour. Really enjoyed the visit. Saw the old lighthouse. The history of the lighthouse was explained well by the historical markers in the park. We took a pleasant walk on the beach. Weather was great...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This beach front state park is a beautiful place to spend a fall day! The cost is $5 a person to enter the park with the lighthouse costing $2 more. The lighthouse is a fun adventure and gives you a great view from the top....More

Thank WNContheroadagain
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed four nights in Bluffton, SC M-F in early October and day-tripped to Hunting Island for two days of our stay: about a fifty minute drive each way. I was on assignment taking photographs and my wife was there to relax. Hunting Island was...More

Thank SusieJane22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving in- you feel like you are in a jungle! Paved roads take you to the North or South Side of the park. North side has the lighthouse. Bathroom facilities at both locations. Wonderful soft, white sand. Beautiful location!! Does cost to get in the...More

Thank Paige B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well managed and lovely. There are many trails for any skill level. Place to clam and shrimp. Beautiful beaches. Annual SC SP pass for seniors is the way to go!

Thank boonemater
Reviewed 1 week ago

Though a barrier island whose sand has migrated to adjoining island, hunting island offers the best of nature. See more from the lighthouse. If you want the white sandy our of the way beach experience, I’d recommend going at mid to low tide. If you...More

Thank 2017boat2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love coming to this beach. It is so peaceful and secluded. The beach is beautiful. I love that it is dog friendly.

Thank Sherry J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a unique drive from the entrance to the beach...the fossilized trees that line this beach give character to the many storms that have eroded this beautiful area.

Thank cartho2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You get to this beach through a low country "jungle" which is amazing itself. At the end of the road through the jungle, you reach this beautiful beach which also allows leashed dogs. The palm trees at the edge of the beach provide shady areas...More

Thank coastalgal1956
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was amazed to realize the lighthouse on Hunting island is one of a few that you can climb to the top and look over the island. Has a nice picnic area and beach to relax on. The gift shop is rather large for a...More

Thank Joseph W
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James R
24 August 2018|
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Response from tlstanley99 | Reviewed this property |
We used a yearly pass to go into the park. I think there is a fee to enter for all cars but once in there are several areas to park with designated handicapped spots.
8 August 2018|
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Response from Jane M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are on a leash only. Cats too.
8 August 2018|
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Response from CWitt2017 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay, yes they are always, but they must be on a leash.