Hunting Island

Explore Nature at its Best

Hunting Island, just 10 minutes from Fripp, offers a day of exploring and is one of South Carolina's most popular state parks.  With 5 miles of beaches, a salt water lagoon and thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, you'll enjoy all that nature has to offer.  The island is also home to the only publicly accessible lighthouse in the state.  Hunting Island Lighthouse is a must see on your visit, offering beautiful views of the barrier island and surrounding seascape.  And don't miss a visit to the Nature Center.  You'll find live animals and exhibits as well as special programs throughout the year. Check out Local Fun for more off-island adventures while enjoying your Fripp Island Vacation.

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The schooner Mary Ann departed Havana in September 1822 with a cargo of fruit, sugar and molasses bound for her homeport of Charleston, SC.  Another ship reported her abandoned and barely afloat off the Georgia coast following a hurricane.  A few days later she was found washed ashore on Hunting Island, SC.  Mary Ann’s Captain was returning with $60,000 in gold and silver coins; payment for a cargo of consigned goods delivered to Havana. Thirty-eight years later, a lighthouse was put in service on the island, but by 1888 it was threatened by erosion. The lighthouse had been constructed with bolt on iron panels, in case it would have to be moved and over a period of two years the lighthouse, keeper’s house and maintenance buildings were disassembled and moved inland 1 ¼ miles. Workmen on the project found gold and silver coins along the shore of what is now Hunting Island State Park Beach. It was common for merchant captains to carry large amounts of gold and silver coins to pay for cargos or as payment for delivered cargos. MARY ANN WILL BE AT BOOTH 43 AT ART IN THE PARK IN MARIETTA, GEORGIA September 3-5.
 

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Lighthouse circa 1875 at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina #huntingislandstatepark #lighthouse #icm
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A little yellow cupcake (officially known as a Pine Warbler) peeped at me from a Pine tree last October when we were exploring Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina. Nothing like a little bit of warbler sunshine to break up the winter blues. ☀️😎
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Lighthouse door at Hunting Island State Park. #huntingislandstatepark #doors #icm
So many people loved the silhouette proposal picture in my story yesterday. It needed a permanent post! This was the actual moment he got down on one knee and proposed! 

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Want to liven up your Saturday itinerary? Head to Hunting Island State Park and embark on a tour of the beautiful St. Phillips Island via stphillipsislandferry & coastalexpeditions. This naturalist-led ferry tour is perfect for nature and wildlife lovers. Check out this wildlife moment captured by johnaay5 on St. Phillips Island! Visit the link in our bio to book a tour, openings are available beginning this weekend!
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Little Blue, timeless beauty at Hunting Island State Park. Little Blue is gone but the memories live on. Here is another image in color the morning we arrived. Many of the downed trees acted as framing for many shots that morning.
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Hunting Island Sunrise.
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🏖 We're back at the beach. Been doing a little road trip to lesser known destinations. Not sharing a lot as we travel.

We're enjoying being present in the moment and will catch up when we get home.  I think I'll do this from now on.

This is Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort, South Carolina. We love this charming, historical town.

The State Park had a number of restrictions. As you can see we have LOADS of space.

And about 10 dolphins were swimming about 100 meters away from us. 🐬🐬🐬🐬

So blissful to be at the beach having a decent summer, 90F+ and perfect water temps where you just walk in without flinching, but still refreshing!

🌞 What do you want to know about travel in these times??🌞
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Late Light of Summer: Today is the first day of the last month of meteorological summer.  We still have weeks of stifling heat to endure, but the hottest three months of summer are in the last month, as we welcome August.  Palmetto trees are in full flower, and the marshlands are beginning to turn a slight golden hue.  Next month, we lose an hour of sunlight as we transition to the autumn season.  To me, the next few weeks are great reminders to get ready for fall,  with the great light, and opportunities that await our cameras.  Cutting my grass weekly has prepared me to tackle autumn full force.  Yeah, I had to throw in a football pun too.  #marshlands #marshland #marsh #autumn #summer #naturephotography #huntingislandsc #huntingisland #lowcountry #lowcountryliving #robertclarkphotography

Hunting Island Lighthouse

NOTICE:  As of February 2022, the Hunting Island Lighthouse is closed for repairs. The grounds will remain open but visitors cannot climb to the top.

Climb to the top (167 steps) of Hunting Island Lighthouse for fantastic views of the barrier island and surrounding waters of the Atlantic.

Make your reservation 24 hours in advance by calling 843-838-4868 during office hours - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon -Fri, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat - Sun.  Reservations may be made the same day at the park, if space is available.


The lighthouse was closed for repairs in May 2003 when cracks were discovered in several of its cast-iron steps. In a renovation that spanned more than 18 months, construction crews not only repaired the cracks, but installed steel braces beneath them for reinforcement. Left unpainted, the silver-gray braces stand out in sharp contrast to the black cast-iron stairs. The contrast helps distinguish between the original structure and modern improvements, which protect the lighthouse’s historic integrity.

The original structure was built in 1859 and rebuilt in 1875 after it was destroyed during the Civil War. A unique feature of the lighthouse is that it was constructed of interchangeable cast-iron sections so it could be dismantled should it ever need to be moved. Severe beach erosion made it necessary to relocate the lighthouse 1.3 miles inland in 1889. (Source: South Carolina State Parks)

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Hunting Island Lighthouse/Shiva Lingam

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Boneyard Beach

Head to the south end of Hunting Island for an amazing visit to Little Hunting Island Boneyard Beach.  Decades of wave action and changing shoreline have creating a beautiful display of "driftwood"  Live oak trees and palmettos are scattered on the beach; it's an amazing sight!  

Access the beach from the Nature Center Scenic Trail, a .7 mile walk through the maritime forest.  Be sure and bring your camera!

Nature Center

Explore and learn at the Hunting Island Nature Center.  With programs and exhibits available year 'round (varies by season), this is a great way to see animals up close and learn more about the natural habitants found on the island.  Call for current programs 843-838-7437.

Hiking

Hike through Hunting Island and discover the amazing terrain and wildlife found on this beautiful barrier island.

Twelve Easy and Moderate trails offer varying sites and discoveries through the maritime forest, around lagoons and over the salt marsh.  Among the island's wildlife, look for alligators and deer as well as owls, hawks, egrets and other wading birds.  Don't forget your camera!

Fishing

Enjoy a great day of fishing in Johnson Creek, the lagoon or surf fishing.  You will also find great fishing from the newly refurbished pier at the south end of Hunting Island. (Pets are not allowed on the pier.)

Look for redfish, trout and flounder!

Bring your own gear or find bait and fishing equipment at the park store, which is located in the camp ground.  This park also participates in the Tackle Loaner Program.  Sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources, rods and reels are available for loan at the Nature Center. Learn more.

A valid SC Saltwater fishing license is required to fish anywhere on the park except at the fishing pier.  Hunting Island has purchased a commercial license that covers all pier users.