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PARK ADVISORY

The North Beach day parking and day use areas to include the lighthouse complex, will be closed on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. due to a special event.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


As of April 1, 2024, Russ Point Landing is TEMPORARILY CLOSED, to public use, due to deteriorating road conditions. It may still be used by state park service personnel. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. The state permitting and approvals required to begin temporary infrastructure repairs at Russ Point are complete. The project is now out to bid.  See more information, hereNext steps: The project will follow the state procurement process. Bids are due May 7 at 2 PM. We anticipate that work will begin in the coming months, depending on the schedule of the contractor selected in the bid process. These temporary repairs will address safety concerns and allow Russ Point to reopen to the public. Efforts are also in progress to identify a more permanent repair solution at Russ Point, and the funding required to support it. We will send additional updates after bids close on May 7.


Due to staffing issues, the campground store will have new hours Sunday - Thursday 9:00 am-4:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. 


The lighthouse gift shop will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. 


We now have a track chair available for visitors with mobility impairments, thanks to the Ford Bronco Wild Fund. Visitors are encouraged to call the park to reserve the track chair at least 48 hours in advance to ensure availability. There is no additional charge to use the track chair, but a Park Passport or park admission is required for entry for all visitors. Read more about this new track chair, here.


Due to safety concerns, the Hunting Island lighthouse is currently closed to tours, until repairs can be made.  The lighthouse can still be viewed from the grounds and docents will be on hand to interpret and give more information about the lighthouse.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


Join us on a tour of St. Phillips Island! Click here for details!

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HOURS

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

Nature Center Hours:
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

OFFICE

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

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ADMISSION

$8/adult; $5/SC seniors; $4/ child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger

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PETS

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.

Hunting Island State Park  Has Wifi

Wifi Available

Hunting Island State Park  Has EV Charging Station

EV Charging Station

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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 during park hours.

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 and you will need to make a reservation to do so at this time.

How can I take a trip to St. Phillips Island, that is owned by South Carolina State Parks?

Learn more about St. Phillips Island and the Turner Househere. All boat trips and day tours of the island are provided by Coastal Expeditions. To book a trip please visit their website.

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.

Is there an electric vehicle charger at Hunting Island?

Yes, the EV charger is located at the Nature Center. 

Are horses allowed in the park?

Beach access is available at South Beach beginning December 1st through the last day of February. There is a $60 permit for each horse that enters the park. The permit is only for the horse. The daily admission still applies. Horses are not allowed in the park overnight. Riders must have current Negative Coggins is required to obtain a season permit.  For further information of crossing state lines with equine, visit South Carolina Equine Import Requirements. Commercial permits are required for those businesses conducting riding experiences on the beach. Commercial use will still need to pay admission and horse permits for the season. Please contact the Park Office for more information.

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.

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