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Hunting Island State Park Campground
Certificate of Excellence
Montgomery, Alabama
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66 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Do not leave your cooler outside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2010

The beach is breath taking. You will not have to worry about seeing any high rise buildings. The gift shop is affordable if for some reason you forgot anything. The bathrooms do not have any soap just hand sanitizer (I really like soap). You are surrounded by palm trees and moss. The racoons will steal all of your edibles if you leave it in your cooler outside, or in your tent. They actually unzippened my tent and stole my very ripe mango....left the organic applesauce (can't blame them). Remindes me of Cumberland Island without the ferry and wild horses. If you are camping....it is possible that you will have no desire to visit the lighthouse end of the beach....the beach is within a five minute walking distance, even if traveling in a wheelchair (they offer a beach wheelchair too, just ask for it)

Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2010

Our first trip to Hunting Island in 2009 was@ beachfront site 73. After 2 days of sleeping on sand alongside public access w full sun, we decided on 90, a large, shaded back loop site for 2010. Sites 89-120 are large, heavily shaded, mostly private lovely sites. This is rv country for good reason, we learned. We heeded the raccoon warnings and put away (in car) everything and anything food, plastic and metal incl. We secured the tent zippers with twist ties. This did not prevent the parade of coons from circling, stalking and pawing our tent all. night. long. No flashlights or barking dogs deterred these varmits. Shaken and sleepless, we ventured to town for lunch out and seated beside us, overheard an employee of HI tell her friends she, "would fear for her life to sleep in a tent in the back loops!!". At this point we were seriously considering a room at the Inn...but back we go for round 2. The park ranger is half sympathetic and half exasperated, explaining they've "caught 90 raccoons since March", and set a trap. Another night of sleeping w one eye open and in the morning, the trap and 1 raccoon was outta there, "relocated".
Aside from the coons, which evidently dominated our weekend, HI is beautiful. The beach, lighthouse, walking trails and marshes are reason to return next year-with CAMPER.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Whitefish, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2009

My husband and I just left the Hunting Island Campground this morning after a 3 night stay. We had some issues early on but ultimately just fell in love with the place. It's definitely one of those places where you need to have been there before or have some really good advice/knowledge beforehand to get the most out of your visit. I'll try offer that advice.

We booked our campsite on Reserveamerica.com and, based on their online maps, thought we were getting an oceanfront site. When we arrived, we found out that our site (155) was not at all near the ocean. It was situated nicely on a big black swampy mud puddle.

Even though it was in the middle of the week in October, this campground was very, very busy. I can only imagine what it must be like on a busy holiday weekend. Although the staff were all really busy, they did their best to try and relocate us to a better site. Everyone was exceptionally cooperative and helpful. The lesson is - don't trust maps on ReserveAmerica. I would call ahead and talk to a ranger about it before booking online. There were several incredible oceanfront sites so we asked what it takes to get one. If you're camping in a tent, they're fairly easy to get. If you're in an RV, plan to book your site 11 months in advance.

I'd read all about the racoons here and there are lots of racoons in the campground. What I didn't pick up on (maybe someone here did mention it and I didn't catch it) was the fact that, because of the raccoons, there is only ONE place in the entire campground where you can dump your garbage. This is a very large campground that's full of raccoons so what that means is you spend a whole lot of time walking to the trash can. We are traveling with a large dog so, every time he pooped we got to go for a hike. We don't really mind walking so it wasn't that big of a deal but this strikes me as a very bad solution to the problem. First of all, there are lots of critter proof garbage cans that can be used to foil raccoons. We are from Montana and all our local parks have to keep bears out of the garbage. They do so by using smarter trash cans, not by getting rid of all the trash cans. The really stupid part of it, is that it seems to encourages lazier campers to litter. There was more trash in this campground than I've ever seen in any other campground and that was sad.

We had pretty bad weather our first two days so didn't get to do much exploring till the end. This is where the good part of the review comes in. Hunting Island is huge and breathtakingly beautiful. It is absolutely something really worth seeing.

Talk to a ranger, make your reservations well in advance, bring a bicycle and prepare to have a wonderful time.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2009

We go every year to Hunting Island for Labor Day and we wouldn't miss a year unless we had. quick notes:

1. I see everyone complaining about the bugs on the campground. If it is summer time in the south..........there are bugs.................I don't understand why that would give this campground a bad review in any way.

2. If you have kids, you can't beat it. We take the kids bikes, they can ride all over the park on the paved paths and they meet other kids as well. They play on the beach and collect fiddler crabs by the Inlet. We all roast marshmallows with the other families that we meet (sometimes) and go fishing by Johnson Creek. If your kids are too young to ride the bike, take them to the beach or walk the marsh (spectacular). Collect shells, play ladder ball or take a nap.

3. If you keep your food locked away then you won't have racoons, squirrels, etc. It's common sense. I got up to use the restroom one night and was met by 3 deer at our site. I thought it was rather cool. The deer can act rather "tame" here because they are so used to the people..............so don't be alarmed if one lets you get within 2 or 3 feet of him..........they are used to handouts.................but they are definitely not a nusance. You might see 2 or 3 over a 4 day weekend. They mean no harm.

4. We always book 9 or 10 months in advance to get a spot right on the water (and believe me...........the breeze is incredible) but there are plenty of great sites off the water too.....we have stayed at all locations at Hunting............we love it there.

5. Just remember, camping is much more enjoyable in the cooler (Fall) months so don't book in August and get mad because there are bugs and it is 104 degrees. Pick a Fall or early Sring weekend and your trip to Hunting will be memorable for everyone.

Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2009

First time we camped at Hunting Island, Sept 08, we had a great time. We had a site very close to the beach and the people that worked there were friendly. Nine months later we went back to enjoy again. That did not happen. Because of it being summer, and the park full, we had to choose a site that was in the rear of the park. Mosquitos bad, racoons bad, ticks bad, and a visit from a huge snake. So with that said, don't stay to far back in the park. The really aggravating part was that every time we turned around the park ranger was stalking people asking, "What is that in your cup?" It was equally bad with the 4 wheelers running around on the beach patroling. If you like to have an occassional alcoholic drink, this is not the place for you.

Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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10 Thank WINNDIXIE
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Atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2009

Spent three days by myself(wife couldn't get off) at site 81 in a popup camper. Had a nice breeze off the ocean which was only a short walk away. You really can have the beach to yourself or at least a hundred feet between people if you like. It's a wonderful park and very hard to get reservations. These three days were available but I had to go without my wife as she could not get off this week. We have already scheduled 5 days in late August (the hottest time of the year here but nothing was available 'til November. We have also booked 7 days in April 2010 on site 49...a primo site right next to the beach and almost never available. Some tips:
1. Never leave any food out as others have noted...raccoons will destroy stuff to get it.
2. Don't camp in the back May-August unless you like bugs. The breeze from the ocean seems to stop just past the Camp store and front beach sites.
3. Staff were very helpful.
4. Camp store was adequate and priced OK considering the convenience.
5. Nearest WiFi is 14 miles away on Hwy 21 at the McDonalds between the Food Lion and the Publix which are also the closest grocery stores.
6. I found the food at the Johnson Creek Tavern to be excellent if a little pricey. It's only a mile outside the park.
7. The lighthouse is worth the climb for the view at the top.
8. Book early (months in advance) if you want the best sites.
9. You CAN take you dogs on the beach and most I saw were well behaved!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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8 Thank gapopup
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charlotte
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2009

We were first time (Tent) campers .
We had a great 7 day stay, however were initiated by the local Raccoons, who' seemed to watch us arrive at our tent site the moment we pulled in.
The first night it was very windy, we stayed at site78 on loop 3, we added an extra tarp and poles to secure both of our tents. That seemed to work and held the tents up during high winds.
WE kept most food in our vehicle, but kept a cooler with cords securing it and a snap shut rubbermaid container in the supply tent.
OOPs, BIG mistake, at midnight we heard the noise and growling right outside our sleeping tent., by the time we crawled out with flashlights, the raccoons had invaded our supply tent, opening a locked zipped tent and ate through the straps securing the cooler!
They ate all our meat for the week and ate most of everything out of the rubbermaid container. I never dreamed they could get into the containers with both being strapped shut.
Boy was I wrong!, ha!
they came back throughout the night, to fight with each other over whatever scraps they left scattered about. The next night they tore open the side of the supply tent, to just check for food, which there was none, THANK GOODNESS for duct tape! we used it to tape the side of the tent for the remaining 6 days
after that night we left a small opening for them to enter in and out of in that tent and we had no more problems.
A hard lesson to learn and a damaged tent. I'll never leave and crumb.s, gum ,food, drinks ect... out of the vehicle EVER! again.
However the great view of our campsite, the beauty of this park and the wonderful beach, friendly staff made the whole trip a wonderful experience.
Drive along the cabin road at the state park, the deer come right out when they hear the cars coming. They also roam the campground, especially in the loop behind the camp store.
Campstore is a little expensive, but helped us out with emergency food supplies until we made it into Beaufort to a grocery store.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hunting Island State Park Campground
Address: 2555 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Beaufort
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Beaufort
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 178
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