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TRAVEL ADVISORY

The lighthouse and North Beach area at Hunting Island is open.  Please make sure you follow traffic signs when entering the park, as the route will be slightly different.  Visitors will be able to enjoy the beach, picnic area and historic lighthouse as usual.  

The Nature Center is also open and will serve as an information hub for the park.  

The South Beach area and the campground currently remain closed.  All trails and the marsh boardwalk are also closed to hiking and biking.

A portion of the pier is open, however, no fishing or crabbing is allowed at this time.

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HOURS

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

OFFICE

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

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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

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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.

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BY THE NUMBERS

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Wi-Fi available at Hunting Island State Park?

Complimentary wifi is available at the park visitor center, lighthouse gift shop, Nature Center, and the park store located in the campground. It is also available and accessible across the entire campground.

Where is the closest grocery store?

There is a large chain grocery store on Ladys Island (14 miles)

Where is the nearest laundromat

The nearest laundromat is located on Lady’s Island, about 14 miles from the park.

Are reservations needed to camp?

Yes, all sites can be reserved ahead of time.  However, we do allow for walk-up reservations if all sites are not already booked for the evening. 

Do you recycle?

Yes, we recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans.  The collection station is located beside the central trash receptacles in the campground.

Is the water potable?

Yes, our water comes from a public water treatment facility.

What are the hours of the fishing pier?

The pier is open 24 hours a day

Is a fishing license needed to fish on the park?

Yes, you must have a valid SC Saltwater fishing license to fish anywhere on the park except at the fishing pier.  Hunting Island has purchased a commercial license that covers all pier users.  You may purchase a SC fishing license prior to arriving at the park at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html

What are your metal detection guidelines for State Parks and State Park properties?

Click here for a printable version of our guidelines concerning metal detector use on state parks and state park properties.

Is bait and tackle available for sale?

Yes, we sell bait and fishing equipment at the park store, which is located in the camp ground. 

Are people allowed to getting married on the beach?

Yes, please contact our park office directly at 843-838-2011 for additional information. 

Is there a separate charge to climb the lighthouse?

Yes.  There is a $2/person admission to climb the Hunting Island lighthouse.

Where is the park’s Ultimate Outsider stamp located?

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

Where can I find a list of state park rules and regulations?

You can find the South Carolina State Park rules and regulations, along with campground rules and regulations at this link.

For more general, statewide frequently asked questions, please click here.