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Hunting Island

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TRAVEL ADVISORY

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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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

Hunting Island State Park

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Unique Features

  • Significant Features: Hunting Island is always changing. Migrating creatures in air and sea come and go with the seasons, and the natural forces of erosion constantly re-shape the island.

    In addition to some 3,000 acres of salt marsh and more than four miles of beach, a large lagoon, created by sand dredging in 1968, has become a natural wonderland and home to such unexpected species as seahorses and barracuda.

    The park’s upland areas contain one of the state’s best examples of semi-tropical maritime forest, ancient sand dunes now dominated by such vegetation as slash pines, cabbage palmetto (the state tree) and live oak.

  • Wildlife: Animal visitors include loggerhead turtles, which nest on the island in the summer months. On dry land and in and around freshwater ponds can be found deer and alligators, raccoons and even eastern diamondback rattlesnakes.

    Hundreds of species of birds also are resident on or visit Hunting Island, including painted buntings, tanagers and orioles, along with pelicans, oystercatchers, skimmers and terns, herons, egrets and wood storks.