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Hunting Island State Park’s SOUTH BEACH PARKING AREA will be closed Monday, May 22, 2023 – Thursday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. for paving work to be completed.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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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History & Interpretation

  • Programs and Guided Tours: Barrier Island educational programs are held year round.

    For additional program information contact the Nature Center at 843-838-7437.

  • Nature Center: The Nature Center, located next to the fishing pier, is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tue. through Sat. (closed Sun. and Mon.).The center featuring live reptiles and exhibits highlighting the park's natural resources. Please call (843) 838-7437 for more program information including dates and times.

  • Museum: Displays and exhibits on the history of the lighthouse can be seen at the park visitors center. The displays also explain the erosion at the park.

  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): Yes
  • National Historic Landmark: Yes
  • National Register of Historic Places: Yes
  • Designation: Hunting Island State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal Program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The program was designed to provide employment during the Great Depression while addressing national needs in conservation and recreation.

    The CCC was instrumental in the development of many of South Carolina’s state parks. A number of buildings built by the CCC in the 1930's are still in use at this park.

    The park is listed on the National Register.

  • When & How PRT Acquired: Donated in 1938 from Beaufort County


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