Hunting Island is South Carolina's single most popular state park, attracting more than a million human visitors a year. Also attracted to the 5,000 acre semi-tropical barrier island is an array of wildlife, ranging from loggerhead sea turtles to painted buntings, barracudas to sea horses, alligators, pelicans, dolphins and deer, raccoons, Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and even the rare coral snake. What they all enjoy is five miles of beach, thousands of acres of marsh, tidal creeks and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet. Its 4 miles of beach, pristine maritime forest, historic 1873 lighthouse, camping and cabin facilities makes this park one of South Carolina's largest and most visited properties.
Camping is available at the northern end of the park near the ocean. Each site has water and electrical hookups. The campground roads are paved while the sites are packed soil. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.; other up to 28 ft.
Standard Sites with Elec. & Water : 171 sites rent for $27/site/night. A Snowbird Special is available for winter months. Please contact the park for more information. Note: Rates listed do not include applicable sales tax and nonrefundable transaction fee.
50 Amp Service Sites : 102 of the standard sites offer 20/30 & 50 amp electrical service.
Designated Tent Sites : Ten trail sites for tent campers rent for $18.50-20/site/night. These sites have access to water and are available year round. Discounted rates are available for seasons of lower demand. Note: Rates listed do not include applicable sales tax and nonrefundable transaction fee.
Primitive Group Area : A primitive group camping area is available for organized groups up to 100 people. (An organized group is defined as a group that holds regular meetings and has a lead officer or elected/appointed officials.) The area includes picnic tables, central water and nearby restroom. Reservations is accepted. To make a primitive group camping reservation, contact the park directly.
PETS Pets are not allowed in the cabin or the cabin area, or on the pier. Pets are allowed in most other outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.
Amenities & Services
Season: Year Round.
Hunting Island State Park Campground Best Campsites: 8, 18, 39, 75, 89, 109, 125, 156.
Hunting Island State Park
2555 Sea Island Parkway
Hunting Island SC 29920
Hunting Island State Park is located on the most southern end of US Hwy 21. From Interstate 95, take exit 33 to US Hwy 17 N for 9 miles. Turn right onto US Hwy 21 and travel for 32 miles. US Hwy 21 ends on Hunting Island.
Hunting Island State park is a 5000-acre semi-tropical barrier island offering one of the longest public beaches in the low country of South Carolina. Its 4 miles of beach, pristine maritime forest, historic 1873 lighthouse, camping and cabin facilities' makes this park one of South Carolina's largest and most visited properties.
Hunting Island is South Carolina's single most popular state park, attracting more than a million visitors a year, as well as a vast array of land and marine wildlife. Five miles of beach, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet are all part of the park's natural allure.
Of all the lighthouses in South Carolina, the Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only one in the state that is publicly accessible. From the top, guests can stand 130 feet above the ground to take in the breathtaking, panoramic view of the Atlantic Coast and surrounding maritime forest.
Fishing Information : Guest enjoy fishing in Johnson Creek, the lagoon or surf fishing on the beach. Bait, equipment and other supplies can be purchased at the park store located in the campground.
Fishing Pier : The fishing pier, located at the southern tip of the park, extends 1,120 feet into Fripp Inlet. Pets are not allowed on the fishing pier.
Tackle Loaner Program : This Park 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. The Nature Center loans out rods and reels from 9am-4:30pm during days of operation for use on the pier. Limit of four rods per group.
Boating and Boat Access : Public boat access is available at the south end of the park where a boat ramp provides access to Harbor River and Fripp Inlet.
Playground Equipment : Yes
Park Store/Gift Shop : The park store located in the campground is open year-round and offers limited grocery items, souvenirs, snacks and drinks. The Lighthouse Gift Shop located on the North Beach across from the lighthouse is open during peak season and offers snacks, gifts and souvenirs.
Picnic Shelters : Yes
Playground : A playground, for use specifically by campers, is located in the campground.
Swimming : Swimming is permitted in the Atlantic Ocean at your own risk. There is no designated swimming area and no lifeguards are on duty.
Bird Watching : The Park is an ideal spot for bird watching year round.
Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.
Other Facilities and Activities : There is a beach volleyball area available at the park and games and other items can be checked out from the visitor center.
Equestrian Trails : Equestrian beach access is available Dec., Jan. and Feb. A permit is required. Please contact the park for more information.
Hiking Trails : The Island Bike/Hike trail is 8 miles long and is open to both hiking and biking.
Walking/Nature Trails : The park walking/nature trails provide visitors an opportunity to experience the island's natural environment. The three trails are: Campground Access trail (1 mile), Lighthouse Trail (0.3 mile) and the Marsh Boardwalk NRT (0.4 mile).
Biking Trails : The Island Bike/Hike trail is 8 miles long and is open to both hiking and biking.