Hunting Island is one of the most popular beach areas in South Carolina, attracting over a million visitors every year. It was named one of America’s Top Ten Beaches by TripAdvisor. Yet for all its popularity, the three miles of white sand beach remain pristine and uncrowded.
Dolphins play in the surf, pelicans cruise in V-formation above the treetops, terns dive for fish, and crabs dig holes in the sand.
Many picnic tables offer an ocean view, and camping sites are available close to the beach with full amenities. Hiking and biking are popular on the island’s many trails as well as on the beach. In the winter, Hunting Island beach is an equestrian beach, and horses and riders are seen jogging near the surf. Check with Hunting Island State Park for more information about the equestrian beach.
As a barrier island, Hunting Island is the first defense against the onslaughts of the Atlantic Ocean. Its beachfront takes a tremendous pounding every year from the sea.
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.