Lighthouse Reservations

The historic lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park is the only publicly accessible lighthouse in South Carolina.

For an admission of $2, visitors can climb the 167 steps and walk around the observation deck for a lofty view of the barrier island and surrounding seascape.  CHILDREN MUST BE AT LEAST 44" TALL TO CLIMB THE LIGHTHOUSE.  Only six visitors may enter the lighthouse at one time, with staggered entrance, to provide a more unique visitor experience and to assist in preserving this historic structure.


We are happy to announce that the Hunting Island lighthouse will reopen on Monday, June 15 with new reservation procedures and limits put into place for social distancing. Please read ALL details:

  • Reservation time slots are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily, in 45 minute increments

  • Only 6 people allowed per reservation

  • Reservations are 45 minutes long - you must be out of the lighthouse in 45 minutes

  • $2 per person and children must be at least 44" tall to climb the lighthouse. Payment must be made when the reservation is made.

  • A lighthouse reservation does not include parking and does not guarantee entry to the park. If you make a lighthouse reservation, please plan ahead and get to the park early to ensure entry.

  • Reservations may be made the same day, at the park, if space is available.

  • To make your reservation, please call 843-838-4868 during office hours - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sa-Su.

The lighthouse is closed on Christmas Day for climbing.  Visitors may find the lighthouse closed during inclement weather due to safety concerns.


photo courtesy of Anna Kate Stalker

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