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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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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


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.

Hunting Island State Park  Has Wifi

Wifi Available

Hunting Island State Park  Has EV Charging Station

EV Charging Station

Hunting Island State Park


Things To Do

  • 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 950’ 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
  • Equestrian Trails: 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. 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.
  • 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


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