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.

Hunting Island Lighthouse

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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The Milky Way and Hunting Island Light. Bee-utiful 🙌🏻 Seriously. 📷 robertclayphoto .
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The Milky Way and Hunting Island Light. Bee-utiful 🙌🏻 Seriously. 📷 robertclayphoto .
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First time on Hunting Island
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We had a fabulous time on #HuntingIsland this week! You can look forward to learning about the historic island and lighthouse in future Marci-Anne Mondays! For now, here’s a fun fact about the #lighthouse: the lighthouse is made with interchangeable cast-iron sections so it can be easily moved if necessary. In 1889, it was necessary due to severe erosion and the lighthouse was moved 1.3 miles off the shoreline. 🧠 

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We had a fabulous time on #HuntingIsland this week! You can look forward to learning about the historic island and lighthouse in future Marci-Anne Mondays! For now, here’s a fun fact about the #lighthouse: the lighthouse is made with interchangeable cast-iron sections so it can be easily moved if necessary. In 1889, it was necessary due to severe erosion and the lighthouse was moved 1.3 miles off the shoreline. 🧠

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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.

Post from delk_haigler_photography. . “ Daybreak Of Hope “ 
The Hope Tree  was saved and did not fall to a storm like I suspected , nor did the beach replenishment claim it. I just got a phone call from Friends Of Hunting Island to let me know that with all the recent storms and beach replenishment that they made a decision to remove this tree before it was washed away. The tree was removed intact and will be relocated and on display in the New Hunting Island Visitors Center that will be opening in late December. I am so happy to learn that this beautiful Hope Tree did not get washed away but will be saved and on display for many to see for years to come 😊. . 📷:delk_haigler_photography

Post from delk_haigler_photography. . “ Daybreak Of Hope “
The Hope Tree  was saved and did not fall to a storm like I suspected , nor did the beach replenishment claim it. I just got a phone call from Friends Of Hunting Island to let me know that with all the recent storms and beach replenishment that they made a decision to remove this tree before it was washed away. The tree was removed intact and will be relocated and on display in the New Hunting Island Visitors Center that will be opening in late December. I am so happy to learn that this beautiful Hope Tree did not get washed away but will be saved and on display for many to see for years to come 😊. . 📷:delk_haigler_photography
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We asked, you voted, and the winners are....Spike and Chomper from the Land Before Time! 🎉 We had over 3,500 votes and 1,776 were for Spike and Chomper (Chomp for short). Thanks to everyone who voted! Be sure to head to the Hunting Island Nature Center to say hello to Ranger Megan, Spike & Chomp.

We asked, you voted, and the winners are....Spike and Chomper from the Land Before Time! 🎉 We had over 3,500 votes and 1,776 were for Spike and Chomper (Chomp for short). Thanks to everyone who voted! Be sure to head to the Hunting Island Nature Center to say hello to Ranger Megan, Spike & Chomp. ...

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Hunting Island Lighthouse and Keeper's quarters before they were moved in 1888. 📷: Friends of Hunting Island Member Ted Panayotoff

Hunting Island Lighthouse and Keeper's quarters before they were moved in 1888. 📷: Friends of Hunting Island Member Ted Panayotoff ...

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Jack loved meeting the alligator at the Hunting Island State Park Nature Center! He woke up this morning and found one at home, too. We are excited about today's Alligator Talk program! #scstateparks #huntingislandstatepark #huntingislandnaturecenter

Jack loved meeting the alligator at the Hunting Island State Park Nature Center! He woke up this morning and found one at home, too. We are excited about today's Alligator Talk program! #scstateparks #huntingislandstatepark #huntingislandnaturecenter ...

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Did you know the Horseshoe crab is more closely related to spiders and ticks than to crabs? What is your favorite marine animal fun fact?

Did you know the Horseshoe crab is more closely related to spiders and ticks than to crabs? What is your favorite marine animal fun fact? ...

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These cooler temps feel like the perfect weather for camping on HI. Have you camped here before? What is your favorite memory? 📷: maria_boone

These cooler temps feel like the perfect weather for camping on HI. Have you camped here before? What is your favorite memory? 📷: maria_boone ...

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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!

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The cold and dreary weather in Asheville the past few weeks was really wearing on us, so we fled to the beach for the week. 🏝 ☀️

The cold and dreary weather in Asheville the past few weeks was really wearing on us, so we fled to the beach for the week. 🏝 ☀️ ...

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Banzai, mama Loggerhead that was found injured on Hunting Island was released today after her rehab at the southcarolinaaquarium! We are so thankful for all the work they do. Best wishes Banzai, come visit us soon!

Banzai, mama Loggerhead that was found injured on Hunting Island was released today after her rehab at the southcarolinaaquarium! We are so thankful for all the work they do. Best wishes Banzai, come visit us soon! ...

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🌴I don’t share much on here about my marriage, I mean it is the 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑦 barn, not the 𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑔𝑒 barn. But I honestly don’t know how I would have done these past few years without Christian being here for me every day. I am such a relational person that as I’ve gotten older other relationships have drifted, but he has been my solace. He makes me laugh when I don’t want to laugh, helps me not to get worked up about things that don’t matter, doesn’t pick on me (like my ex boyfriends liked to do.) I like being with him as much today as when we first started dating. I like long drives to buy old trucks, I like listening to him pray every night before dinner, I like how he cares about helping people, I like how he is uncanningly honest and how makes me coffee every morning. I like how he’s his own person and doesn’t care about having an image. I like how he is excited to see me when I look like Chewbacca and claims I look “amazing.” He tells me all the time that I, “could have done better.” But I know I’m the lucky one. This is the end of my sappy post. I just wanted you all to know that I couldn’t do what I do without a good dose of encouragement some days and this is where it comes from. ❤️ hothouserevival 
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🌴I don’t share much on here about my marriage, I mean it is the 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑦 barn, not the 𝑚𝑎𝑟𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑔𝑒 barn. But I honestly don’t know how I would have done these past few years without Christian being here for me every day. I am such a relational person that as I’ve gotten older other relationships have drifted, but he has been my solace. He makes me laugh when I don’t want to laugh, helps me not to get worked up about things that don’t matter, doesn’t pick on me (like my ex boyfriends liked to do.) I like being with him as much today as when we first started dating. I like long drives to buy old trucks, I like listening to him pray every night before dinner, I like how he cares about helping people, I like how he is uncanningly honest and how makes me coffee every morning. I like how he’s his own person and doesn’t care about having an image. I like how he is excited to see me when I look like Chewbacca and claims I look “amazing.” He tells me all the time that I, “could have done better.” But I know I’m the lucky one. This is the end of my sappy post. I just wanted you all to know that I couldn’t do what I do without a good dose of encouragement some days and this is where it comes from. ❤️ hothouserevival


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Life is a journey, the beach is the destination💙
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Do you have plans to camp on HI this year? Such great memories are made here. .
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Do you have plans to camp on HI this year? Such great memories are made here. .
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Deck the halls! .
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Lighthouses were used to warn sailors of dangers in the seas but also aid in navigation. The colors and patterns a lighthouse was painted was unique to each lighthouse so sailors could identify where they were during the day. At night sailors used the individual light pattern, a combination of flashes and pauses, to know where the ship was located. .
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Happy Lighthouse Thursday! Don't forget we offer guided lighthouse ground tours most Thursdays at 10 am. Check our monthly calendar for exact dates. 📷: thebarefootmermaid

Lighthouses were used to warn sailors of dangers in the seas but also aid in navigation. The colors and patterns a lighthouse was painted was unique to each lighthouse so sailors could identify where they were during the day. At night sailors used the individual light pattern, a combination of flashes and pauses, to know where the ship was located. .
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