Hunting Island State Park
Park Features & Amenities
Pull Through Sites:
Full Hookup Sites:
Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard
Utilities & Amenities
Power: 50 Amps, 30 Amps
Additional Pet Information:
First of all, the park service has worked very hard to reopen the campground and it shows. The new restrooms are nice. Sites are level and in good shape. They lost all of the ocean front sites. The outermost sites are a haven for mosquitoes, especially those near the marshes. You will need lots of spray, a strong fan, and a tent with netting if you want to enjoy your campsite. Beach is beautiful and never crowded. People are super friendly. Will come back in the non summer months to avoid the mosquitoes.
This park is beautiful. The camp store is well stocked. The beach access is easily reached. The sites are compact and can be a little tight but the layout is well designed. This is the best park I have camped in. Will definitely be back despite the 6 hour tow.
We stayed over Memorial Day weekend and had a great time! First the basics. This is a South Carolina state park and SC does a great job on a shoestring budget but it is basic. Bathhouses were dated and small but clean. I saw housekeeping at least twice daily on our loop. Sites come with power and water and we did not have issue with either. Based on past experience with beach water at Edisto State park we bring our own water for drinking and cooking and the dog however I did shower and wash dishes and did not detect a lot of salt in it. Hubby liked the fact the power was 30/50 amp but that is not the case on every site. They have 4 loops; 2 are beachfront and 2 are not. We were in the 3rd loop. All but 1 or 2 sites had a good amount of shade and were big. However the twisty/turny road was narrow and tight on our loop getting getting to to the site. It is doable for large campers and motor homes you just have to be aware of what you are doing. Like I said, site was huge but getting in to the site was a challenge. The loop road being narrow and trees right on the edge do not give much room to maneuver. We were on site 199. Hubby (a 30 year truck driver) took some doing to get it in there and that never happens! I saw this on several occasions on both non beach loops. If you have an rv larger than 22' that you are not completely comfortable backing in tight spots look at google earth before booking your site. Yup, some are that tight. Park store has everything you might need for a great weekend including groceries, rv/camping supplies and gift items. Makes sense because the closest grocery store is about 10 miles away. There are 4 beach accesses to a white sand beach that is only for the campground so even at the busiest time of the day it isn't crowded. Park rangers are friendly and helpful but are not intrusive. They do drive through the campground several times a day just to check. The campground is on one end of the park and you have drive to everything else. All activities except climbing the lighthouse are free. The nature center is very informative with both plant and animals found in the park. Fishing pier is also located by the nature center as are the hiking trails on the other end of the park from the campground. I did not walk the marsh boardwalk but it looked nice for wildlife viewing. The drive to the lighthouse and public beach access is beautiful and unlike anywhere else in SC that I have seen and I have grown up here. Climbing the lighthouse is $2.00 pp and the view can't be beat. The information on each landing in the lighthouse is informative. There is also a few exhibits about the lighthouse keepers and their families on the grounds that are free and informative. Stop by the Visitors Center on the way to the lighthouse and learn about is construction and how this state park was built by the CCC and how World War II played a role in it's demise. Last thing is wildlife is everywhere since there still isn't a reliable source for drinking water you will see deer and raccoons throughout the campground during all times of the day which is fun but remember to stow everything when you leave. All in all this is one of my favorite state park campgrounds.
My favorite park in the US so far for so many reasons. First off the beach is gorgeous and empty (no big hotels like Myrtle Beach). The foliage in the park is super lush and interesting-- palmettos and trees with spanish moss hanging, gorgeous. Sites are bigger and more private than most parks. Price is right. And within ten or so miles drive of the park are great restaurants and sights in Frogmore. Hunting Island is a gem.
Good but not perfect
First off the scenery is excellent. We had a spot right near the beach. Was very nice to listen to the waves as you are going to sleep. There is a good bit to do in the area and the town of beufort is a must visit.
Sites are big enough but a lot of them seem like they just stuck a post somewhere and called it a site. There are no real boundaries where one ends and another begins. Some people were set up on top of each other.
One flaw would be the bathrooms. Very dated. Mostly clean but you have to catch them on an off time if you want hot water in the shower. We had heard the stories about the raccoons being a nuisance. We only saw 2 and they pretty much kept to themselves. The nuisance were the biting gnats. Bring plenty of off. Also this is a dog lovers place. If you don't like dogs, stay away. We saw several running loose on the beach and one attacking other people walking their dogs. Park ranger finally got him. They tend to bark all night too. Bring a white noise maker if you want to sleep in peace.
Sublime beach just footsteps from your RV!
Well, if you love beach it really doesn’t get much better than this! This park is completely enclosed by the State Preserve. So, you’re smack in the middle of a gorgeous coastline surrounded by forest and wilderness. The beach is literally right in front of the campground so no-one is more than a minute walk from the water, and amazingly, it’s almost completely deserted (most mornings we had 4 miles of beach almost entirely to ourselves). You’re also only ~15 miles from “civilization” on St Helena and within a short drive to historic and trendy Beauford.The sites are basically just cleared-out forest spots so they can vary a bit in size, firmness and access. Towards the back of the park (away from the beach) the sites are firmer but the roads are *very* tight with trees and not for the faint of heart if you’re driving a big-rig. The front (beach) area is sandier, but more open access. Most sites are heavily forested, although there’s a few open spots and some of the spots at the very front have beach-views. All have water/electric (either 30 or 50 Amp) with picnic table and fire-pit. Overall it’s an older park (w/ older facilities), but in the most amazing location and very pet-friendly. We’d come back again and again just for the beach and gorgeous surroundings.
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Extra Info: No connectivity here, but we were able to get on-line with Verizon using our external antenna and amplifier. $26/night for water/50AMP electric sites (special monthly winter rate of $300/month after Thanksgiving). Small central store and multiple dump stations on site.
Hunting Island State Park
Loved it here. Spacious, airy, shady campground with a row of waterfront sites. I had waterfront site #49 which actually enabled me to pull through, so that my bedroom windows were facing the water. Gated and locked at night. Visible park rangers throughout the day and evening. This time of year wasn't very crowded, and Riley could run on the miles of beach untethered. The beach was beautiful and just outside my door. The nearby-ish town of Beaufort was a nice place for coffee shops, restaurants, services/provisions and strolling, though the 20-30 minute drive wasn't particularly inspiring. Verizon phone and USB modem worked, but just barely.