I need to start by saying that I enjoy beach camping in a tent. The more primitive, the better.
My girlfriend and I stayed for three nights on the primitive trail sites. We were shocked to see that wetlands were on two sides of us, but not surprised at the amount of mosquitoes that said wetlands produced. You were LITERALLY covered with dozens of mosquitoes the minute you left your car or tent. If you have a screened canopy/tent, bring it. If you don't, buy one or don't go! You will also need LOTS of DEET filled repellent. I guess we have been spoiled by the National Park System. Our stay on Cumberland island last year was wonderful. Hunting's campsites, in comparison, felt dirty with remnants of the previous camper's stay. You won't want to use their food storage boxes. They are filled with gigantic roaches. Keep all food in your car for storage and when you have it at the campsite, don't let it out of your sight or the raccoon's will steal EVERYTHING. If this isn't common knowledge to you, you have probably never experienced island camping in the south. I also found it odd that no matter what time I went to take a shower, the same men seemed to be congregating inside the bathhouses...pretty creepy.
If you have children, don't let them swim alone. Drownings happen here more frequently than any other tiny stretch of beach I have been on. The ruins of the former cabins litter the beach. It would be very easy to get caught up in one of them. A drowning happened while we were there on Friday.
The good parts of our stay included the volunteers and employees of the park. They were all very friendly and helpful. The scenery is beautiful and probably better suited for the off-season when the temperature is cooler and the bugs have subsided. Buy fresh seafood from the Gay Fish Company and cook it on a grill at your site. It will definitely help equalize your suffering.
Again, I love primitive camping and WANT to love this place, but it's tough!!
- Also Known As:
- Hunting Island State Park Campground Hotel Beaufort
- Hunting Island State Park Hotel