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“Love to walk the beach here”

Hunting Island State Park
Ranked #2 of 64 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 March 27, 2013

The drive through the park is lovely, palm covered, "Don't feed the Alligators" sign on the bridge...There is a lighthouse, and gift shop, which I've never checked out. Try to plan your beach walk at low tide....there is not so much beach in places at high tide, due to erosion.
you will see the remains of trees bleached from being exposed to the elements on the beach for years. If you enjoy driftwood, there are very interesting formations on the beach...There is a Visitors Center where you can learn about the park, and plenty of facilities between the beach and parking, for restroom, shower and changing. Down the road past the entrance to the park there is a pier and Biology center with lovely views and wildlife is plentiful. Also there is a very long boardwalk which goes out over the marsh, which makes a nice sunset walk...just be sure to get back before dark! Hunting Island has a lot to offer...I didn't even mention the campground.

Thank kthywin
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We have been coming to this area for over 6 years and Hunting Island Beach And Nature Center is always a must. The island has been affected by climate change and rising tides, Fallen trees are scattered at the farthest end of beach toward Fripp but the State Park Beach is great.

Thank Schuyler T
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Hunting Island State Park is the best kept secret in South Carolina, beautiful beaches, a light house to explore, places to camp near the beach, and cabins you can rent (reserve early as they do book up quickly)

Thank Mary C
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Hunting Island State Park is a must while in Beaufort and a great place for kids to let off some steam. Certainly one should at least see the lighthouse and if possible climb to the top for a 40 mile view of the surrounding area. There are several outbuildings and a house footprint that offer a glimpse of the isolated life of the iightkeepers who once lived on the island. Docents are available to answer questions and take photos with your camera. We started at the visitors' center by watching a short video - very helpful in understanding the history of the lighthouse, the origin of the island's name and why the lighthouse was so important to the area. From there we moved to the lighthouse itself and a tour of the beach which appeared much as it would have been hundreds of years ago. A few miles down the road there is a marshwalk and a little bit further a very nice nature center with a long pier that extends well into the water. The nature center has some live animals kids will enjoy. All three sites have adequate parking and bathroom facilities (no bathrooms at the marshwalk). We spent the better part of the day at Hunting State Park and we were certainly glad we did.

Thank Hardshell65
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

This park is a great place if you want to see the natural beauty of a low country coastal island. No overdone boardwalk, no tourists traps. Just the natural beauty of an unspoiled beach and beautiful island woodlands.
Very nice trail system and a great fishing pier and visitors center. A good place for hiking, fishing, a nice picnic, or a long walk on the beach

Thank Fred F
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