This popular park near Historic Beaufort is a large secluded barrier island with semi-tropical beauty and an abundance of wildlife. A variety of flora and fauna may be seen throughout the park. The historic 19th-century Hunting Island lighthouse provides an excellent view of the coastline and is the only lighthouse in South Carolina open to the public.
The island got its name because it was once used for hunting deer, raccoon and other small game and waterfowl. In the 1930’s the park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today the park is a popular beach destination.
The Hunting Island Lighthouse
The present Hunting Island Lighthouse replaced a brick structure that was destroyed during the Civil War. Constructed of prefabricated curved iron plates, the tower was completed in 1875. Severe beach erosion forced the dismantling and relocation of the structure inland where it continued to aid navigation until 1933 when the function was taken over by a buoy. This National Register of Historic Places structure is South Carolinas most accessible lighthouse.
Lighthouse tours are held daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 50 /person. Tours are self-guided with an attendant on duty to answer questions. Guided tours are held three times a week from March to November.
Amenities | Overnight Accommodations
- Fee/cabin: $73-116/night.
- Cabins can be reserved by contacting the park directly.
- Available ocean-front or lagoon side.
- One, two and three bedroom cabins available accommodating 6 – 10 people.
- Each cabin includes bath and bed linens, cooking and eating utensils, color television, microwave oven, automatic coffee maker, central air and heat, outside grill, picnic table and screened porch.
- Four cabins include fireplaces. Handicapped accessible cabin available with handrails, roll-in shower, ramp and user-friendly kitchen.
- Pets are not permitted in cabins or cabin areas.
- Located in the campground and open year-round, the park store offers limited grocery items, souvenirs, snacks, drinks Hours: April – October: 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- November – March: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.