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Hunting Island State Park

1775 Sea Island Pkwy., St. Helena, Beaufort, SC SC 29920
843/838-2011
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in Beaufort
Type: State Parks, Beaches, Lighthouses
Description: Park that is a large secluded barrier island with a historic 1859 lighthouse as its centerpiece.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Athens, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Check out the pier and nature center! It's further down from the beach, but worth a stop. Saw fishermen catching little sharks - they throw them back, but it's cool the see! Watch the tide tables, as there is not much beach at high tide.

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Savannah, GA
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140 reviews 140 reviews
73 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Great place to spend the day. You've got a beautiful sand beach, or can walk along beaches were natural erosion is taking down the edge of the forest (sad in some ways, but impressive in others). Nature trails, a Visitors Center to learn about the islands history and a Nature Center to learn about plants and animals in the area.... More

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77 reviews 77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

What a great place. We went to the visitors center and walking over there we saw an alligator with four young. How exciting. The people at the visitor center were very personable and helpful. We mainly came over to see the light house. Got distracted a couple of times & wandered off onto some trails. They were really enjoyable. Finally... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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168 reviews 168 reviews
51 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We noticed a sign at the State Park that morning that the rangers were going to check a turtle nest at 6:00pm. We made note of that and went back. Two baby turtles were stranded behind and the rangers helped them out of their nest and on their way to their life in the ocean. It was very cool.

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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This place rocks! Where else can you see a mother alligator and her babies, climb to the top of a lighthouse, hike through the jungle, dig up sand dollars from the ocean floor, and enjoy a nearly pristine beach? Can't wait to visit again. Also as a side note we were impressed with the beach access points. There were paved... More

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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We visited today and it was beyond beautiful, quiet but for the sound of the birds and the swishing of the tidal waters....hardly a person in sight. A slice of heaven.

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Hawley PA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Spend a full day (at least) at this park that has the feel of an exclusive tropical island without the crowds and silly umbrella drinks. Lots of hiking through unique landscapes, amazing view from the lighthouse and all topped off by a near private beach experience with ocean on one side and dense foliage on the other, with no hotels,... More

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Port Royal, South Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

One of the best beaches along the East Coast. I have been to many beaches along the East Coast, and Hunting Island definitely stands out. We have been living in the Beaufort area for a couple years and frequent the beach in the summer. There never seem to be crowds of people, which makes it that much more special and... More

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The Lighthouse was cool but the best part was the end of the beach next to the Lighthouse. The tide had gone out & the fallen trees on the untouched sand was a gorgeous sight! Mother Nature at her finest. Definitely a must-see!

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Tucson, Arizona
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This park is so beautiful, you feel like you are on some remote island somewhere. The flora is amazing! I swam in the ocean at low tide, and it was wonderful! Warm in September, gentle waves, shallow to way out. There is a boardwalk across the marsh. If low tide is early in the morning or evening, there might be... More

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