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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.

Road paving operations are in process at Hunting Island.  This project is expected to take 2-3 months for completion and will involve several road closures, traffic diversions and reroutes on a daily basis.  Please contact the park directly for the most up-to-date closures/reroutes and other information.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

St. Phillips Island Tours are running from Hunting Island.  Click here for details or to book your tour.

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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

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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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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

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?

Tours to St. Phillips Island are done by Coastal Expeditions and depart from the Nature Center at Hunting Island State Park.  Information on how to book those tours can be found here.

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.


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