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Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island is South Carolina’s single most popular state park, attracting more than a million human visitors a year.

Also attracted to the semi-tropical barrier island is an array of wildlife, ranging from loggerhead sea turtles to painted buntings, barracudas to sea horses, alligators, pelicans, dolphins and deer, raccoons, Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and even the rare coral snake.

What they all enjoy is five miles of beach, thousands of acres of marsh, tidal creeks and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet. Amenities include a fishing pier and some of the state’s most desirable campsites.

Adding to the natural history of the big park is a piece of man-made history: South Carolina’s only publicly accessible historic lighthouse. Dating from the 1870s, the Hunting Island Lighthouse shoots 132.5 feet into the air, giving those who scale its heights a breathtaking view of the sweeping Lowcountry marshland and the Atlantic Ocean.


  • Wi-Fi Availability: Wifi is available at the park visitor center, lighthouse gift shop, Nature Center and the park store located in the campground.

  • Tour and Programs Information: Barrier Island educational programs and tours of the historic lighthouse complex are held year round.

    There is a $2/person charge to climb the lighthouse and you must be at least 44" tall to do so.

    For additional program information contact the Nature Center at 843-838-7437.


  • Admission: $5/adult; $3.25 SC seniors; $3/ child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger
    Lighthouse admission: $2/person
  • Days and Hours of Operation: 6am-6pm, daily (extended to 9pm during Daylight Saving Time)
  • Office Hours: 9am-5pm M-F, 11am-5pm Sa-Su


  • Driving Directions:
    From I-95: Take Hwy 21 E. toward Beaufort. Drive 42 mi. Hwy 21 ends at the park.
  • Ocean Front Location: Yes
  • Beach Location: Yes
  • Counties: Beaufort
  • Acreage: 5000
  • Miles to Nearest Hospital: 17
  • Miles to Nearest Town: 17
  • Miles to Nearest Grocery Store: 14


  • Charleston, SC: 85
  • Columbia, SC: 150
  • Florence, SC: 168
  • Greenville, SC: 236
  • Charlotte, NC: 236
  • Raleigh, NC: 317
  • Atlanta, GA: 282
  • Augusta, GA: 135
  • Savannah, GA: 56


Contact Information

2555 Sea Island PKWY
Hunting Island,SC 29920
Phone: (843) 838-2011
Fax: (843) 838-4263
Beaufort CountyHunting Island