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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.  

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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Wifi Available

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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Things To Do

Download our trail map and information 
Become a Habitat Hero
Download our Penny Treasure Map - find our 4 penny presses on the park

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

  • Fishing Information: Guest enjoy fishing in Johnson Creek, the lagoon or surf fishing on the beach. Bait, equipment and other supplies can be purchased at the park store located in the campground.

  • Fishing Pier: The fishing pier, located at the southern tip of the park, extends 1,120 feet into Fripp Inlet. Pets are not allowed on the fishing pier.

  • Tackle Loaner Program: This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the Nature Center. The Nature Center loans out rods and reels from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. during days of operation for use on the pier. Limit of four rods per group.

  • Fishing: Yes
  • Saltwater Fishing: Yes
  • Boating and Boat Access: Public boat access is available at the south end of the park where a boat ramp provides access to Harbor River and Fripp Inlet.

  • Boating: Yes
  • Paddling: Yes
  • Boat Ramp: Yes
  • Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wifi is available at the park visitor center, lighthouse shop and the park store located in the campground. It is also available across the entire campground.

  • Playground Equipment: Yes
  • Park Store/Gift Shop: The park store located in the campground is open year-round and offers limited grocery items, souvenirs, snacks and drinks. The Lighthouse Gift Shop located on the North Beach across from the lighthouse is open during peak season and offers snacks, gifts and souvenirs.

  • Picnic Shelters: Yes
  • Playground: A playground, for use specifically by campers, is located in the campground.

  • Swimming: Swimming is permitted in the Atlantic Ocean at your own risk. There is no designated swimming area and no lifeguards are on duty.

  • Bird Watching: The park is an ideal spot for birdwatching year round.

  • Geocaching: Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

  • Biking: Yes
  • Birding: Yes
  • Other Facilities and Activities: There is a beach volleyball area available at the park and games and other items can be checked out from the visitor center.

  • Equestrian Trails: Equestrian beach access is available Dec., Jan. and Feb. A permit is required. Please contact the park for more information.

  • Hiking Trails: The Island Bike/Hike trail is 8 miles long and is open to both hiking and biking.

  • Walking/Nature Trails: The park walking/nature trails provide visitors an opportunity to experience the island’s natural environment. The three trails are: Campground Access trail (1 mile), Lighthouse Trail (0.3 mile) and the Marsh Boardwalk NRT (0.4 mile).

  • Biking Trails: The Island Bike/Hike trail is 8 miles long and is open to both hiking and biking.

  • Hiking: Yes