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Hilton Head and the Low Country Sights

Hunting Island State Park

  • 2555 Sea Island Pkwy. Map It
  • off St. Helena Island
  • Beach–Sight

Updated 10/03/2014

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This secluded park 18 miles southeast of Beaufort has 4 miles of public beaches—some dramatically eroding. The light sand beach decorated with driftwood and the subtropical vegetation is breathtaking. The state park was founded in 1938 to preserve and promote the area's natural wonders, and it harbors 5,000 acres of rare maritime forests. You can kayak in the tranquil lagoon; stroll the 1,300-foot-long fishing pier (among the longest on the East Coast); and go fishing

or crabbing. For sweeping views, climb the 167 steps of the 1859 Hunting Island Lighthouse. Bikers and hikers can enjoy 8 miles of trails. The nature center has exhibits, an aquarium, and lots of turtles; there is a resident alligator in the pond. Amenities: none. Best for: solitude; sunrise; swimming; walking.

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2555 Sea Island Pkwy., Hunting Island, South Carolina, 29920, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $5
  • Park: Apr.–Oct., daily 6 am–9 pm; Nov.–Mar., daily 6–6. Lighthouse daily 10 am–4:45 pm

Updated 10/03/2014


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Apr 13, 2010

Hunting Island State Park Review

We had a great time here. My 13 yr old daughter hates camping, but loved Hunting Island. The natural beach held an allure that kept us exploring the tidal pools and stumps for sealife for hours. Great store with great people. Hint-The raccoons at HI are very, very good at stealing your food and drinks.

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Sep 28, 2005

Where we're spending our next summer vacation

I stumbled upon the Hunting Island park while staying in Beaufort at the Rhett Inn (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!) I spent a lovely afternoon on the beach, tidepooling, collecting shells, swimming in the delicious warm water and marveling at the very clean, natural beach. I didn't bring my son on this trip and I missed him every minute I was there. He'd LOVE this place! It's the right balance of natural (we even saw a buck, a doe and a fawn on the way out

of the park) and close enough to civilization to keep everyone happy. Can't wait to go back!

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Jan 7, 2005

R&R at its Finest

Only went for the first time last summer...but it will be a part of all future summers. It was a glorious place to relax on the beach. Perfect place for the kids and the whole family. No smut for miles.

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Mar 29, 2004

The turtles keep coming back.

If you want a laid back, relaxing place, this is it. Sit on the beach and watch the shrimpers, get up early and find turtle nest and around sundown, see the hatchlings march to the sea.

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