THE HIKING TRAILS OF HUNTING ISLAND

“Get in touch with nature along the trails in the pristine maritime forest at Hunting Island. Most of the trails are shady and meandering with views of the lagoon and persistent breezes from the ocean. Bird life is plentiful here and when you’re on the trails you can observe egrets, herons, ospreys, pelicans and gulls, as well as our local population of magnificent bald eagles. If you catch the lagoon on an incoming tide you will see birds in action, spectacularly diving for bait fish. We’ve even seen dolphins frolicking in  the water while on a trail walk. It’s an amazing sight that will always stop you in your tracks”…EAT STAY PLAY BEAUFORT

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The Sea entrance to the Lagoon from the Logoon Trail

Photo courtesy of FOHI Trails Director, Tim Moore

 

Great egret from the Marsh Boardwalk trail 

 

The forest from the Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail 

 

Hunting Island deer from the Visitor Center Trail 

 Photo's courtesy of Tim Moore

NOVEMBER, 2021 REPORT FROM FOHI TRAILS DIRECTOR, TIM MOORE

On 11/10/2021, I hiked the Magnolia Forest trail from the campground to the park entrance and when returning took the Fire Exit Road to the beach in the hope of returning to the campground via the North beach which I have done on other occasions.  However, due to king tides, I could not get to the campground from the Lighthouse area without wading into a few feet of cold water.  Walking back to the Magnolia Forest Trail after walking much of the North beach added about an hour to the hike so this hike took about 2 1/2 hours and was over 13,000 steps.  The trail was clear and well marked.  I saw a buck deer on the entrance road to the campground and noticed the high tide had left many shells on the beach.  I have attached 2 photos from the Magnolia Forest trail.

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