Due to Hurricane Mathew, Hunting Island State Park
will be CLOSED until further notice. All activities are cancelled.
The Hunting Island "Still Standing Strong" t-shirts are in!
The park will be calling the people who reserved t-shirts.
Watch for information coming soon about ordering t-shirts online.
Hunting Island State Park
Help rebuild the park. The rangers and staff are selling Standing Strong t-shirts that show the still standing lighthouse. The t-shirts are available at the Nature Center, which is the only open building at the park.
Post-Matthew Hunting Island State Park Report
Since Hurricane Matthew passed through the area, Hunting Island State Park has been closed because of the devastation. We hope the Park will re-open sometime in the spring. Roads need to be rebuilt, bathhouses are being repaired or replaced, and trees and debris are being cleaned up. Trails will take some time to rebuild because many have simply disappeared. The campground won't be able to re-open until the summer and no reservations are being taken yet.
Friends of Hunting Island is helping all it can. Money has been spent to repair the garden and waterfall at the Nature Center and to purchase sand fencing to replace what was washed away so the rebuilding of sand dunes can take place naturally. Our visitng birds love it! .Trevor Strever of Island Garden Features did a great job repairing his original work. We also purchased about $10,000 in fencing materials to replace the damaged lighthouse fencing. Look for volunteer opportunities coming soon, not only for the fencing project but others also.
Hunting Island State Park was the hardest hit of all SC state parks. When we went in after the hurricane, it was hard to tell where we were, because the landscape was completely changed. Most roads were underwater by as much as three feet, and there were so many trees down that it took us four hours to walk from the Park entrance to the Lighthouse. Once we arrived, the iconic Hunting Island Lighthouse stood tall and strong! The Lighthouse compound, by the way, was the least damaged area on Hunting Island.
We all miss the park and want to go see what has happened, but it's best for us all to stay away until it is safe to return. People who attempt to enter the park now are using the valuable time of the rangers and staff who must stay on patrol to prevent the public from entering. So please wait! Everyone will appreciate it.
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Help us keep Hunting Island State Park a special place
We need only two things to provide the services and projects you see described on this website: your participation and your tax-deductible membership fees. For one $40 membership contribution, you and your family can join Friends of Hunting Island and have unlimited access to the park for one year. All members are encouraged to participate in any of our on-going projects. If you do not wish to join, but want to donate to our efforts, click here to make a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Hunting Island.