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  • Due to severe flooding, the entire Pond Overlook Trail is closed until further notice. The Maritime Forest Trail is closed from the Northern terminus to the Palmetto Pass intersection. The Marsh Boardwalk Crossover trail is closed between the Maritime Forest intersection to the Marsh Boardwalk. The Breach Trail and the Little Hunting Island Loop are experiencing tidal influence and may become impassable after a storm or high tide. 
  • St. Phillips Island Tours are running from Hunting Island.  Click here for details or to book your tour.
  • A portion of the pier is open, however, no fishing or crabbing is allowed at this time.

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    6 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time)


    9 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sa-Su

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    $8/adult; $5/SC seniors; $4/ child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger
    Lighthouse admission: $2/person

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    Pets are not allowed in the cabin or the cabin area, on the pier or inside the lighthouse complex. Dogs are not permitted on the tip of North Beach past the posted markers to protect critical shorebird habitat. 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.

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    Wifi Available

    Hunting Island State Park


    **Our Ultimate Outsider stamps are located at the Nature Center, Park Store or Lighthouse Gift Shop.

    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 100 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.

    Find more great state parks on the beaches of South Carolina!


    5 miles of beach

    1 saltwater lagoon

    5000 acres of lowcountry South Carolina that includes beach, marsh and maritime forest

    1 historic lighthouse, the only publicly accessible lighthouse in South Carolina

    167 steps to climb to the top of the lighthouse

    100 standard campsites, all of which offer 50amp service and are highly-coveted year round

    1 cabin located near the lighthouse

    1 nature center with all sorts of neat creatures and regularly scheduled programs for you to enjoy

    1 pier for fishing -- or just strolling to the end to see the view

    1 picnic shelter for family reunions or other group outings