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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

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.