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.

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)

South Carolina Road Trip // Day 4 

Got the bikes out and spent the whole day riding round Hilton Head Island! 🚴 

We started from Mitchelville Freedom Park (free parking!) and cycled down to Burke’s Beach where I may or may not have had a quick power nap on the beach 😴😂

Next we headed to the Hilton Head Social Bakery for an iced coffee and to gawp at the massive boats on the harbor ☕️🛥

The most popular beach is at Coligny Beach Park which is where we went next. It was so refreshing to get in the sea and escape the humidity for half an hour! 🌊 

Our campsite for the night was at Hunting Island State Park ⛺️ the lighthouse located here is the only one currently open to the public in South Carolina!💡 
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South Carolina Road Trip // Day 4

Got the bikes out and spent the whole day riding round Hilton Head Island! 🚴

We started from Mitchelville Freedom Park (free parking!) and cycled down to Burke’s Beach where I may or may not have had a quick power nap on the beach 😴😂

Next we headed to the Hilton Head Social Bakery for an iced coffee and to gawp at the massive boats on the harbor ☕️🛥

The most popular beach is at Coligny Beach Park which is where we went next. It was so refreshing to get in the sea and escape the humidity for half an hour! 🌊

Our campsite for the night was at Hunting Island State Park ⛺️ the lighthouse located here is the only one currently open to the public in South Carolina!💡
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And so in my mind's eye these coastal forms merge and blend in a shifting, kaleidoscopic pattern in which there is no finality, no ultimate and fixed reality - earth becoming fluid as the sea itself.

Rachel Carson
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#huntingisland #HuntingIslandStatePark #statepark #discovercarolinas #carolinacoast #visitsc #visitsouthcarolina #southcarolinabeaches #huntingislandlighthouse #huntingislandbeach

And so in my mind's eye these coastal forms merge and blend in a shifting, kaleidoscopic pattern in which there is no finality, no ultimate and fixed reality - earth becoming fluid as the sea itself.

Rachel Carson
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#huntingisland #HuntingIslandStatePark #statepark #discovercarolinas #carolinacoast #visitsc #visitsouthcarolina #southcarolinabeaches #huntingislandlighthouse #huntingislandbeach
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What beats a view from the Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse? 🤔 Hmmm, maybe a view from the lighthouse at sunrise with doughnuts and coffee! Pre-register for the Sunrise Lighthouse Climb on Saturday, December 28 by calling the Hunting Island Nature Center at 843-838-7437!  View our story for more information 📸: pauldoughtyphotography

What beats a view from the Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse? 🤔 Hmmm, maybe a view from the lighthouse at sunrise with doughnuts and coffee! Pre-register for the Sunrise Lighthouse Climb on Saturday, December 28 by calling the Hunting Island Nature Center at 843-838-7437! View our story for more information 📸: pauldoughtyphotography ...

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Next Stop:
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**Hunting Island Lighthouse - the only public lighthouse in the State of SC, of which you can venture to the top for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean**

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Search no more for the perfect Summer travel destination☀️

Next Stop:
📍Beaufort, SC

**Hunting Island Lighthouse - the only public lighthouse in the State of SC, of which you can venture to the top for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean**

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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.

South Carolina Road Trip // Day 4 

Got the bikes out and spent the whole day riding round Hilton Head Island! 🚴 

We started from Mitchelville Freedom Park (free parking!) and cycled down to Burke’s Beach where I may or may not have had a quick power nap on the beach 😴😂

Next we headed to the Hilton Head Social Bakery for an iced coffee and to gawp at the massive boats on the harbor ☕️🛥

The most popular beach is at Coligny Beach Park which is where we went next. It was so refreshing to get in the sea and escape the humidity for half an hour! 🌊 

Our campsite for the night was at Hunting Island State Park ⛺️ the lighthouse located here is the only one currently open to the public in South Carolina!💡 
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#southcarolina #southcarolinaphotographer #southcarolinaliving #huntingisland #huntingislandstatepark #huntingislandsc #carolinas #huntingislandlighthouse #huntingislandbeach #lighthousesouthcarolina #visitsouthcarolina #visitsc #beaufortsc #southcarolinacoast #southcarolinalife #southcarolinablogger #carolinaroadtrip #roadtripusa #usastateparks #travelgirlshub #womentravelers #womantravelers #bloggingcommunity #twinfallsphotographer #womentravelers #womantravel #adventuregirls #girlstraveldiary #travelmoore

South Carolina Road Trip // Day 4

Got the bikes out and spent the whole day riding round Hilton Head Island! 🚴

We started from Mitchelville Freedom Park (free parking!) and cycled down to Burke’s Beach where I may or may not have had a quick power nap on the beach 😴😂

Next we headed to the Hilton Head Social Bakery for an iced coffee and to gawp at the massive boats on the harbor ☕️🛥

The most popular beach is at Coligny Beach Park which is where we went next. It was so refreshing to get in the sea and escape the humidity for half an hour! 🌊

Our campsite for the night was at Hunting Island State Park ⛺️ the lighthouse located here is the only one currently open to the public in South Carolina!💡
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And so in my mind's eye these coastal forms merge and blend in a shifting, kaleidoscopic pattern in which there is no finality, no ultimate and fixed reality - earth becoming fluid as the sea itself.

Rachel Carson
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#huntingisland #HuntingIslandStatePark #statepark #discovercarolinas #carolinacoast #visitsc #visitsouthcarolina #southcarolinabeaches #huntingislandlighthouse #huntingislandbeach

And so in my mind's eye these coastal forms merge and blend in a shifting, kaleidoscopic pattern in which there is no finality, no ultimate and fixed reality - earth becoming fluid as the sea itself.

Rachel Carson
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#huntingisland #HuntingIslandStatePark #statepark #discovercarolinas #carolinacoast #visitsc #visitsouthcarolina #southcarolinabeaches #huntingislandlighthouse #huntingislandbeach
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#huntingislandstatepark
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#castironshell
#secondorderfresnel
#fresnellight
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What beats a view from the Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse? 🤔 Hmmm, maybe a view from the lighthouse at sunrise with doughnuts and coffee! Pre-register for the Sunrise Lighthouse Climb on Saturday, December 28 by calling the Hunting Island Nature Center at 843-838-7437!  View our story for more information 📸: pauldoughtyphotography

What beats a view from the Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse? 🤔 Hmmm, maybe a view from the lighthouse at sunrise with doughnuts and coffee! Pre-register for the Sunrise Lighthouse Climb on Saturday, December 28 by calling the Hunting Island Nature Center at 843-838-7437! View our story for more information 📸: pauldoughtyphotography ...

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Search no more for the perfect Summer travel destination☀️ 
 
Next Stop:
📍Beaufort, SC

**Hunting Island Lighthouse - the only public lighthouse in the State of SC, of which you can venture to the top for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean**

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#huntingisland #huntingislandstatepark #huntingislandlighthouse #beaufortsc #visitsc #southcarolinawater #southcarolinacoast #historicdowntown #eastcoasttravels #eastcoastlifestyle #coastalvacation #lighthousesofinstagram #vacationspot #sᴜᴍᴍᴇʀ2021 
#traveltheworld #luvbft #airbnb #vrbo #explorethecoast #travelandlifestyle #familyvacations #travelsc #familytrips #usatrip #eastcoastwedding #happyplaces #oceanviews #hospitalitymanagement #rentalmanagement #propertymanagementlife

Search no more for the perfect Summer travel destination☀️

Next Stop:
📍Beaufort, SC

**Hunting Island Lighthouse - the only public lighthouse in the State of SC, of which you can venture to the top for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean**

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#huntingisland #huntingislandstatepark #huntingislandlighthouse #beaufortsc #visitsc #southcarolinawater #southcarolinacoast #historicdowntown #eastcoasttravels #eastcoastlifestyle #coastalvacation #lighthousesofinstagram #vacationspot #sᴜᴍᴍᴇʀ2021
#traveltheworld #luvbft #airbnb #vrbo #explorethecoast #travelandlifestyle #familyvacations #travelsc #familytrips #usatrip #eastcoastwedding #happyplaces #oceanviews #hospitalitymanagement #rentalmanagement #propertymanagementlife
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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!

South Carolina Road Trip // Day 4 

Got the bikes out and spent the whole day riding round Hilton Head Island! 🚴 

We started from Mitchelville Freedom Park (free parking!) and cycled down to Burke’s Beach where I may or may not have had a quick power nap on the beach 😴😂

Next we headed to the Hilton Head Social Bakery for an iced coffee and to gawp at the massive boats on the harbor ☕️🛥

The most popular beach is at Coligny Beach Park which is where we went next. It was so refreshing to get in the sea and escape the humidity for half an hour! 🌊 

Our campsite for the night was at Hunting Island State Park ⛺️ the lighthouse located here is the only one currently open to the public in South Carolina!💡 
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#southcarolina #southcarolinaphotographer #southcarolinaliving #huntingisland #huntingislandstatepark #huntingislandsc #carolinas #huntingislandlighthouse #huntingislandbeach #lighthousesouthcarolina #visitsouthcarolina #visitsc #beaufortsc #southcarolinacoast #southcarolinalife #southcarolinablogger #carolinaroadtrip #roadtripusa #usastateparks #travelgirlshub #womentravelers #womantravelers #bloggingcommunity #twinfallsphotographer #womentravelers #womantravel #adventuregirls #girlstraveldiary #travelmoore

South Carolina Road Trip // Day 4

Got the bikes out and spent the whole day riding round Hilton Head Island! 🚴

We started from Mitchelville Freedom Park (free parking!) and cycled down to Burke’s Beach where I may or may not have had a quick power nap on the beach 😴😂

Next we headed to the Hilton Head Social Bakery for an iced coffee and to gawp at the massive boats on the harbor ☕️🛥

The most popular beach is at Coligny Beach Park which is where we went next. It was so refreshing to get in the sea and escape the humidity for half an hour! 🌊

Our campsite for the night was at Hunting Island State Park ⛺️ the lighthouse located here is the only one currently open to the public in South Carolina!💡
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#southcarolina #southcarolinaphotographer #southcarolinaliving #huntingisland #huntingislandstatepark #huntingislandsc #carolinas #huntingislandlighthouse #huntingislandbeach #lighthousesouthcarolina #visitsouthcarolina #visitsc #beaufortsc #southcarolinacoast #southcarolinalife #southcarolinablogger #carolinaroadtrip #roadtripusa #usastateparks #travelgirlshub #womentravelers #womantravelers #bloggingcommunity #twinfallsphotographer #womentravelers #womantravel #adventuregirls #girlstraveldiary #travelmoore
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And so in my mind's eye these coastal forms merge and blend in a shifting, kaleidoscopic pattern in which there is no finality, no ultimate and fixed reality - earth becoming fluid as the sea itself.

Rachel Carson
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#huntingisland #HuntingIslandStatePark #statepark #discovercarolinas #carolinacoast #visitsc #visitsouthcarolina #southcarolinabeaches #huntingislandlighthouse #huntingislandbeach

And so in my mind's eye these coastal forms merge and blend in a shifting, kaleidoscopic pattern in which there is no finality, no ultimate and fixed reality - earth becoming fluid as the sea itself.

Rachel Carson
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#huntingisland #HuntingIslandStatePark #statepark #discovercarolinas #carolinacoast #visitsc #visitsouthcarolina #southcarolinabeaches #huntingislandlighthouse #huntingislandbeach
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#lighthouse 
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#sthelenaisland 
#sthelenaislandsc 
#castironshell 
#secondorderfresnel 
#fresnellight 
#beaufortsc

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#huntingislandlighthouse
#huntingislandstatepark
#huntingislandstatepark
#huntingislandsc
#lighthouse
#huntingislandbeach
#sthelenaisland
#sthelenaislandsc
#castironshell
#secondorderfresnel
#fresnellight
#beaufortsc
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What beats a view from the Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse? 🤔 Hmmm, maybe a view from the lighthouse at sunrise with doughnuts and coffee! Pre-register for the Sunrise Lighthouse Climb on Saturday, December 28 by calling the Hunting Island Nature Center at 843-838-7437!  View our story for more information 📸: pauldoughtyphotography

What beats a view from the Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse? 🤔 Hmmm, maybe a view from the lighthouse at sunrise with doughnuts and coffee! Pre-register for the Sunrise Lighthouse Climb on Saturday, December 28 by calling the Hunting Island Nature Center at 843-838-7437! View our story for more information 📸: pauldoughtyphotography ...

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Search no more for the perfect Summer travel destination☀️ 
 
Next Stop:
📍Beaufort, SC

**Hunting Island Lighthouse - the only public lighthouse in the State of SC, of which you can venture to the top for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean**

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#huntingisland #huntingislandstatepark #huntingislandlighthouse #beaufortsc #visitsc #southcarolinawater #southcarolinacoast #historicdowntown #eastcoasttravels #eastcoastlifestyle #coastalvacation #lighthousesofinstagram #vacationspot #sᴜᴍᴍᴇʀ2021 
#traveltheworld #luvbft #airbnb #vrbo #explorethecoast #travelandlifestyle #familyvacations #travelsc #familytrips #usatrip #eastcoastwedding #happyplaces #oceanviews #hospitalitymanagement #rentalmanagement #propertymanagementlife

Search no more for the perfect Summer travel destination☀️

Next Stop:
📍Beaufort, SC

**Hunting Island Lighthouse - the only public lighthouse in the State of SC, of which you can venture to the top for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic Ocean**

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#huntingisland #huntingislandstatepark #huntingislandlighthouse #beaufortsc #visitsc #southcarolinawater #southcarolinacoast #historicdowntown #eastcoasttravels #eastcoastlifestyle #coastalvacation #lighthousesofinstagram #vacationspot #sᴜᴍᴍᴇʀ2021
#traveltheworld #luvbft #airbnb #vrbo #explorethecoast #travelandlifestyle #familyvacations #travelsc #familytrips #usatrip #eastcoastwedding #happyplaces #oceanviews #hospitalitymanagement #rentalmanagement #propertymanagementlife
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