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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


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. Hunting Island’s beaches are important for shorebirds and seabirds, which use the beach to feed, nest, and rest along their migration route. We ask all visitors to help protect these birds by giving them space, keeping out of posted areas, and keeping dogs on a leash at all times.


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