Hunting Island State Park

Beaufort, SC Waterfront

The Carolina shore exhibits a vast array of varying topography and geography. From the outer banks to the barrier islands to the low country, whatever your desire is, you’ll find it here. One of our first visited spots and still one of our favorites is down in the Lowcountry near Beaufort, SC: Hunting Island State Park.

Hunting Island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in South Carolina and given its susceptibility to tropical storm damage, it’s a godsend that it remains relatively undeveloped except for the facilities of the state park. The lighthouse on the island is the only public lighthouse in South Carolina that allows guests to climb to the top. 

Fripp Island Shoreline

As I indicated, the island is subject to the cruel forces of nature in its sub-tropical environment such as what occurred after Hurricane Matthew caused more than 5 million dollars in damages, wiping out the dunes and oceanfront campsites, destroyed roads, restrooms and parking lots. The park was closed for an extended period of time but is now gradually reopening many of its facilities. 

Check out the park’s website for more information and updates to its facilities. While you’re in the area, we suggest stops in both Beaufort, where you’ll experience old Southern charm at its best and Fripp Island, a private, secluded golf and wildlife paradise!

I recently re-discovered some photos from our adventures in the low-country. You will see from some of the photos the effects of so many storms have had on the coastline of Hunting Island. Hope you enjoy them. 
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