Friends of Hunting Island

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Hunting Island State Park is a 5000-acre, semitropical barrier island located 15 miles east of Beaufort, South Carolina. Named one of America’s Top Ten Beaches by TripAdvisor, Hunting Island attracts over a million visitors every year. Yet for all its popularity, the miles of white sand beach remain pristine and uncrowded.

Hunting Island also boasts hiking trails through maritime forests, a fishing pier that juts out into the Fripp Inlet, a lagoon that allows for kayaking and fishing, a Nature Center that has live animal exhibits and interactive touch screens that show all of the natural habitats, a Visitor Center to introduce you to all of the different ecosystems in the park, and a camping area with easy access to the beach.

Hunting Island State Park Hours, Fees & Camping

For current park hours and fees plus campsite reservations and information, check the Hunting Island State Park website, or call 


  • 6 AM – 6 PM daily (extended to 9 PM during Daylight Saving Time)


  • 9 AM – 5 PM (Monday – Friday)

  • 11 AM – 5 PM (Saturday – Sunday)



  • Adults $5

  • SC Seniors $3.25

  • Children 6-15 $3

  • Ages 5 and younger—FREE

Park Rules

  • Alcoholic beverages, fireworks, and explosives are not allowed.

  • Do not feed, approach, or harass wildlife.

  • Fires must be contained within designated camping fire rings.

  • Pets are allowed on the beach and in the camping area but not in the buildings. Pets must be constrained or on a leash not more than 6’ in length.

  • Pets may not disturb wildlife, guests, or habitat.

  • No live animals or plants (including sand dollars) may be collected. Check all shells.

  • Metal detectors are not permitted near the lighthouse grounds.

The Beach

  • Bring your own food and drinks to the beach. Food and water are not supplied on the beach.

  • Snacks and drinks are available at the Lighthouse Gift Shop.

  • Insect repellent and sunscreen are available at the Lighthouse Gift Shop.

  • Bring your own beach towels, chairs, umbrellas and sand toys.

  • Only North Beach has lifeguards during the summer months.

  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach.

  • Stay off sand dunes, sand fences, and sea oats.

  • Please leave nothing behind but your footprints.


  • Watch for the flags that warn of rip tides and beach closings.

  • Currents can be strong. Watch everyone in your group while swimming and be aware of the signs of drowning.

The Trails

  • There are no restroom facilities along the trails, so use facilities before you start.

  • You’ll want to have sunscreen and insect repellant with you.

  • Binoculars might be useful.

  • Check out trail information on the Hunting Island map.



  • Improved parking areas, handicap accessible restrooms, and beach accesses that include “Mobi-Mats,” allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy the park.

  • Many of the hiking trails were widened and paved with a mixture of sand and shell to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • All-terrain wheelchairs can easily negotiate many of the trails.

  • Friends of Hunting Island and Beaufort County A-Tax funding constructed new accessible changing stations and shower towers at three public beach access locations.