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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.  

We currently have over four miles of trails open.  Nature Center Scenic Trail, Lagoon Access Recreation Trail, Marsh Boardwalk Crossover Trail, Palmetto Pines Pass, 75% of the Maritime Forest Trail, and a short section of the Magnolia Forest Trail are all open.

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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$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 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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Hunting Island State Park


History & Interpretation

  • Programs and Guided Tours: Barrier Island educational programs and tours of the historic lighthouse complex are held year round. There is a $2/person admission to climb the lighthouse and you must be at least 44" tall to do so. 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. - 5 p.m., seven days a week, year round.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