A weekend at Hunting Island
Updated: Apr 4, 2022
Trip Date: November 19-21, 2021
So we were supposed to be headed to Stone Mountain, NC, a trip we had booked months ago. But then, the Monday before the trip, we looked at the weather. High of 47, low of 21. Uhm... NO.... SO we cancelled and found a spot at Hunting Island State Park.
Hunting Island State Park sits on the beach located 15 miles east of Beaufort, South Carolina. Named one of America’s Top Ten Beaches by TripAdvisor, Hunting Island is a beautiful, well kept campsite with friendly staff, Wi-Fi, and a camp store The comfort stations and showers are extremely well maintained. Campsites on the island come in all shapes and sizes, from rustic and primitive, to some accommodating RVs up to 40 feet with some beachside sites that are just a small hike through a path to the beach. Most sites, like the island, are private, wooded and shady with some low hanging trees yet have plenty of room to spread out.
Hunting Island by the Numbers
5 miles of beach
1 saltwater lagoon
5000 acres of low country South Carolina that includes beach, marsh and maritime forest
1 historic lighthouse, the only publicly accessible lighthouse in South Carolina
167 steps to climb to the top of the lighthouse
100 standard campsites, all of which offer 50amp service and are highly-coveted year round
1 cabin located near the lighthouse
1 nature center with all sorts of neat creatures and regularly scheduled programs for you to enjoy
1 pier for fishing -- or just strolling to the end to see the view
1 picnic shelter for family reunions or other group outings
One of our favorite things from the trip was a visit to Little Hunting Island the Boneyard. With Hunting Island being a barrier island, erosion has taken a toll on the beach for a very long time. This erosion with the intrusion of saltwater has cut into the maritime forest on the island bringing down trees and creating a maritime 'graveyard'
We will definitely be back to this destination. I am not sure what it looks like in the summer months, but for spring and fall this will absolutely be on the list.