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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.  All trails and the marsh boardwalk are also closed to hiking and biking.

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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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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Trails

SPECIAL NOTICE:  At this time, all trails and the marsh boardwalk are also closed to hiking and biking.

Lagoon Access Recreation Trail

Length: 1.4 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This trail starts at the "J" parking and winds along the lagoon. It leads you through the maritime forest while providing scenic views of the lagoon and various wildlife habitats. 


Maritime Forest Trail 

Length: 2.0 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy 

Description: This trail takes you deep into the interior maritime forest. You will see the dense vegetation that provides protected habitat for many animals including deer, raccoon, owls, hawks and squirrels.

Palmetto Pines Pass

Length: 0.2 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy 

Description: This trail connects the Lagoon Access Trail and the Maritime Forest.

Marsh Boardwalk Crossover 

Length: 0.3 miles

Type: Hiking Trail 

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This connector trail intersects the Lagoon Access Recreation Trail, Maritime Forest Trail and the Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail to provide a path leading to the Marsh Boardwalk Trail.

Marsh Boardwalk Trail

Length: 0.25 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Description: Designated a National Recreation Trail. This wooden boardwalk mixed with a crushed hardened surface is great for observing life in the salt marsh. The dock on the end provides an area for viewing magnificent sunsets. 

Nature Center Scenic Trail

Length: 0.7 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy 

Description: This trail provides access from the Nature Center to the Diamond Back Rattlesnake, Maritime Forest and Lagoon Recreation Access trails. It also provides access from the cabin area to the trail system. Make sure to walk the bridge over the lagoon to see its beauty from a different perspective. 

Magnolia Forest Trail 

Length: 1.2 miles 

Type: Hiking Trail 

Difficulty: Easy

Description: With natural terrain and some hilly surfaces, the trail will take you from the campground to the entrance gate of the daily beach access areas, lighthouse, visitor center and lagoon access. From the entrance gate, you will walk the roads of the park in order to reach the areas within, so be prepared for vehicle traffic. You are sure to see plenty of beautiful magnolia trees along the way.

Lighthouse Magnolia Forest Connector 

Length: 0.6 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This trail starts from the Magnolia Forest Trail and ends at the Lighthouse parking area, providing campers with a route to the lighthouse without the worries of high tide or vehicle traffic. Featuring ancient rows of dunes as well as flatlands, populated by most of the island's native plant and animal species, it is sure to provide enjoyment for hikers and bikers alike.

Lighthouse Nature Trail

Length: 0.4 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy 

Description: This natural surface trail takes one along the edge of the forest to the ocean front. Hunting Island's maritime forest of Live Oaks, Spanish moss and Palmetto trees can be easily seen along this trail.

Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail

Length: 2.3 miles

Type: Hiking and Mountain Biking Trail

Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous 

Description: This trail is accessible from the Nature Center Scenic Trail and the Park Visitor Center. It is for experienced walkers and mountain bikes only. It is a moderately strenuous trail and has some difficult spots.