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Seven Reasons to Visit Hunting Island This Summer

Here are seven reasons to visit Hunting Island this summer. This 5,000 acre paradise is a semi-tropical barrier island that’s only 15 miles from beautiful and historic Beaufort, South Carolina. It’s the most visited state park in South Carolina and it’s also part of the ACE Basin estuarine reserve area; one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the Atlantic Coast. This very special place is one of the few remaining undeveloped areas of the Sea Islands. It should be at the top of your must-visit places on the East Coast!


Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in the state that’s open to the public. It’s worth every one of the 167 steps up to the top. At 132 feet above the ground, it’s humbling to behold a bird’s eye view of the Atlantic Ocean.

State Park

Hunting Island State Park is one of the most popular parks in the South Carolina. With five miles of beach and a saltwater marsh, this area is a favorite among RV and primitive campers, alike. Fishing is popular in the lagoon, the surf and the fishing pier. It’s a nature and wildlife paradise, for sure!


When you want to get away from the surf, but still be near the water, this is the place to be. The lagoon is well protected from the surf, wind and is very peaceful. Fish for spots, whiting, trout, bass and puppy drum or enjoy crabbing and shrimping. Photographers love it here since the bird life is plentiful, and they’re used to human activity.


Most of the park trails are open for walking, hiking and running, but two trails near the lighthouse are completely gone. The Nature Center Trail will have different fauna identified on a new map, so it’s like an old friend with a little bit of a facelift.

Nature Center

The Hunting Island Nature Center has live animals and exhibits that demonstrate the area’s diverse habitats. Public programs are offered seven days a week through Memorial Day. They’re designed to satisfy even the most adventurous visitors.

Fishing Pier

The Fishing Pier has reopened, but the end of the pier was heavily damaged from Hurricane Matthew and will remain closed for the time being. Fishing for many different species of fish is still possible using shrimp, cut bait, spoons and other artificial baits.


Hunting Island needs everyone to come and visit, to support our local economy and our people, and to volunteer to help in the cleaning and redevelopment of the area.

These are seven great reasons to visit Hunting Island this summer and to make this your number one destination in the Sea Islands. The canopy shadows from the pine trees are gone and a palmetto forest has now emerged with great beauty. It just looks different and the losses have been great.

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