Hunting Island State Park
2555 Sea Island PKWY | Hunting Island, SC 29920 | Phone: 843-838-2011 | Fax: 843-838-4263 |
  • Climb to the top of the Hunting Island Lighthouse
  • Surf fishing at Hunting Island State Park
  • The marsh at Hunting Island State Park
UPDATE (11/17/16): All campsite reservations for Hunting Island are cancelled and refunded through Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Oceanside campsite reservations will be cancelled and refunded through Sunday, December 31, 2017.  All areas of the park, except the Nature Center and a small portion of the pier, are currently closed.  The Nature Center is staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and provides basic information about the park and its recovery. 

If you have pending reservations and need more information, please contact our call center at 1-866-345-PARK (7275) for assistance. Please be patient as we are expecting higher than normal call volume during this period.  Click here for updated information on all parks.

We are continually assessing damages from Hurricane Matthew and will post more information as it becomes available to our website and social media channels.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Download our Penny Treasure Map to find our four penny presses on the park.  Click here.

Take a video tour and learn more about what Hunting Island State Park has to offer!

Join the Friends of Hunting Island and check out what they are working on for the park!

Our Ultimate Outsider stamps can be found at the Nature Center. 
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Hunting Island is South Carolina’s single most popular state park, attracting more than a million visitors a year, as well as a vast array of land and marine wildlife. Five miles of pristine South Carolina beaches, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet are all part of the park’s natural allure.

Of all the lighthouses in South Carolina, the Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only one in the state that is publicly accessible. From the top of one of the most distinctive lighthouses in South Carolina, guests can stand 130 feet above the ground to take in the breathtaking, panoramic view of the Atlantic Coast and surrounding maritime forest.

Hunting Island State Park camping is available at over 200 campsites with water and electrical hookups, shower and restroom facilities, beach walkways and a playground. Hunting Island State Park camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights.

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  • Admission : $5/adult; $3.25 SC seniors; $3/ child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger
    Lighthouse admission: $2/person
  • Days and Hours of Operation : 6am-6pm, daily (extended to 9pm during Daylight Saving Time)
  • Office Hours : 9am-5pm M-F, 11am-5pm Sa-Su


  • Pets : Pets are not allowed in the cabin or the cabin area, on the pier or inside the lighthouse complex. Pets are allowed in most other outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.