Hunting Island Lighthouse

Hunting Island Lighthouse, Beaufort: Hours, Address, Hunting Island Lighthouse Reviews: 4.5/5

Hunting Island Lighthouse
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
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The only public lighthouse in South Carolina.
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FLskibear
Florida139 contributions
Apr 2021
During our weekend getaway to Beaufort we took a side trip to Hunting Island. The lighthouse was open for a small charge. Due to certain restrictions the number of guests were limited and reservations were given. The stairway inside the lighthouse is much larger than other lighthouses we have climbed. There are also very large landings for a chance to catch your breath on the climb up if needed! A must do if going to Hunting Island. The views at the top are amazing!
Written May 31, 2021
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christyoverall3
Atlanta, GA190 contributions
Aug 2020
My daughter and I visited in August 2020 and really enjoyed it. They're requiring that you call and make a reservation for when to visit, to limit the number of visitors at once. They're also asking that visitors wear masks. It's a decent walk up, but such a beautiful and historic light house. And the view is awesome. Plus the island drive is awesome. There's also a beach within walking distance. Go!
Written August 10, 2020
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hsbvim
Dublin, OH1,194 contributions
Jan 2022
The Hunting Island Lighthouse certainly makes a bold statement against the blue sky! We were struck by its majesty as soon as we started walking toward it from the parking lot.

They are limiting climbing guests to six at a time during COVID, so we did not at all feel uncomfortable climbing the stairs without face masks. You get great 360 degree views of the beach and the surrounding area from atop.

We found the placards in the lighthouse as well as the accompanying buildings to be very educational. We were very glad we visited and think you will be too!
Written February 3, 2022
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Tim L
Jefferson, GA1,761 contributions
Sep 2020
We enjoying visiting different lighthouses and seeing them was the reason for this trip. Entrance fee was $16 for the two of us (SC seniors get a reduced fee). The asphalt road in and out were in need of repair (and some repairs were in progress) with damage seemingly caused by tree roots raising the pavement surface.

The lighthouse was a beauty with the grounds and buildings within the fenced enclosure being well kept. With mask in place, one may visit the ground floor of the lighthouse. To go up the 392 step stairway one must be on the guided tour that has to be scheduled in advance.

A gift & snack shop is on site, as well as restrooms. The beach may also be accessed from this area.
Written September 26, 2020
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Ken S.
Destin, FL7 contributions
May 2021
Fabulous experience! One of very few lighthouses that still allow visitors to climb to the catwalk. Reservations are required, and the park entry plus lighthouse tickets make the total cost $10 per person. Very worth it!
Written June 2, 2021
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RBonTheLake
Rock Hill, South Carolina577 contributions
Sep 2020
I love the views from lighthouses and this did not disappoint. The cost was $2 to go up (or free with a SC park pass). They did have a limited number of people who could be in there at one time so you may want to go earlier in the day. There is also a height limit so if you have young ones they may not be able to enter.
Written September 27, 2020
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Nashville, TN618 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
We came when there was a cold snap so the weather was not great. Cold, rainy, windy and overcast. We walked up the beach to the lighthouse and paid the fair price of $2 each to climb the 167 steps to the top. Super nice ranger greeted us and took our photos. The lighthouse had information on each level so you could pause and learn. It was a nice diversion and one I would recommend.
Written February 6, 2021
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Mark L
Evans, GA398 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a nice little side journey to go to. It’s great views of the beach in the surrounding area from the top. There is a two dollar admission fee on top of the admission fee to the park which was eight dollars. Seems a little steep for such a small little park. Once you’re in the park I would recommend you do go to the top of the lighthouse since it is so pretty up there
Written January 6, 2020
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dennisking770
North Liberty, IN12 contributions
Jan 2020
Drove 1.5 hours to see the island and lighthouse. Fees to enter $8 per person seemed high. No discounts. Road is full of potholes to dodge and try to avoid. Wish they would spend some of those fees on the roads. Lighthouse was interesting and view was great.
Written February 1, 2020
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guadsquad
Clinton, MA321 contributions
May 2021
I had come across this gem while researching in Trip Advisor and it was such a highlight to our trip! You do have to make a reservation as they can only allow so many up at once. The reservation is simple - just call or email the person. There are many different landings along the 168 step journey to the top that explain the history and construction of the lighthouse. And it gives you time to catch a breath! The fortunate thing was we had our reservation printed out and when we arrived at the entrance to the park it was Full and they were re-directing cars to other areas, but since we showed them the reservation we were able to go in. The beach here was beautiful and the view from the top catwalk was spectacular. The parking area is divided into different lots so you may think it is full until you follow the signs to the other lots. Gift shop and rest rooms also included.
Written June 1, 2021
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Hunting Island Lighthouse is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:45 PM