HUNTING ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
Hunting Island’s iconic lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. One of eight existing lighthouses on the South Carolina coast, it is the only one regularly open to the public. The climb to the top (167 steps) offers a spectacular view of the beach, surrounding waterways, other islands, and the Atlantic Ocean. There is a small fee to climb the lighthouse, and you must be at least 44” tall to go up safely. Video climb of lighthouse.
The first lighthouse on Hunting Island, constructed of brick in 1859, was built to guide vessels along the coast between Charleston and Savannah and into Port Royal and St. Helena Sounds, the site of important deep-water shipping ports. It warned ships of the dangerous shoals, sandbars, and reefs along this stretch of the South Carolina coast.