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“Hunting Island- A bit of wild paradise”

Hunting Island State Park
Ranked #7 of 66 things to do in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Park that is a large secluded barrier island with a historic 1859 lighthouse as its centerpiece.
Reviewed May 3, 2012

We spent a glorious time at this place- and was lucky enough to actually get the Lighthouse Cabin (book months in advance!). It is stunningly beautiful and awesome at night. Nature as it was years before condo cities cropped up everywhere along our beaches. The rangers were fantastic, and our first experience at crabbing a highlight. The pier by the ranger station will lend out tackle and bait is cheap. There is also no fee for use and the state park holds the ability to have this splendid fishing/crabbing experience WITHOUT the need for a state license. PERFECT. There are some resident "creatures" that live at the ranger station, and there are some nature exhibits there... well worth the visit. Bring your bike if you want to explore without the car. Sunsets gorgeous from the end of one of the marsh trail overlooks. We cruised through the campground, which also looks inviting, though spots look fairly close together... but no surprise there...typical of beachside camping. Here, however, there are lovely dunes and glorious shade to be found. The erosion which has eliminated a lot of the beachfront (and the former cabins) has left eery fallen trees- skeletons to the force of nature on this tiny island. This is a fabulous spot. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed May 2, 2012

My wife and I went here to see the lighthouse and beach but also to hike near the lagoon and through the maritime forest (slash pine). We did this on a Saturday but very late in the afternoon and had the Lagoon and Maritime Forest Trails almost to ourselves. On our way out, we did the Marsh Boardwalk Trail, which goes out over a salt marsh (1/4 mile); this is located further down Highway 21 toward Fripp Island. We watched the sun set from the end of this trail, a nice way to end the day!.

Thank mountainstream25
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Reviewed May 2, 2012 via mobile

Went out to park this am with my wife. Arrived at park around 8 am. Spent about three hours on beach practically alone. We found sand dollars, starfish, and cannon ball jellyfish to look at. As well as shells my wife loves to collect. We also saw to dolphins up close near the lighthouse. By the time we left the beach had at most 15 people. The ocean is calm here and there is no undertow to worry about. There is a fee of five dollars for each adult, but it is well worth it. They have bathrooms and changing rooms at parking area, and it's a short walk to a very long and wide beach area.

Thank scott g
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

Went to the park, paid $10 entrance fee only to find out there was an additional admission charge for the lighthouse bringing the cost of the visit up to $14. Only wanted to visit the lighthouse and nature center. Staff at main park office disinterested and not very customer oriented. Nature center closed on Sunday and Monday but wasn't told that at the entrance! Don't begrudge paying an entrance fee but felt that lighthouse should have been included in that fee and that full admission charge shouldn't have been charged unless everything was open.

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Reviewed May 1, 2012

The beach was stark.. almost empty and stunningly beautiful. Driftwood and shells with a wonderful wide beach.

Thank ironside54
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