Hunting Island State Park & Friends Website


Park Admittance Fees: $5 Adults 16+; $3.25 Seniors SC residents 65+; $3 Youth 6 to 15 years; Under 6 free. Information 843-838-2011.

How far to Hunting Island from downtown Beaufort? 16 miles

What are the hours the park is open? Open year round. Standard Time: 6:00 AM—6:00 PM. Daylight Savings Time: 6:00 AM—9:00PM.

What is the cost to enter the park? For vehicles without a pass, the charge is per person. Adults – $5; Senior SC residents 65+ – $3.25; Youth 6-15 years – $3.00; Under 6 – FREE.

How do I purchase a State Park Passport? For $50, at any Park entrance or online at Beautiful Places Alliance Store.

What is the discount policy for Senior Citizens, Blind & Disabled citizens?
♦ South Carolina residents who are at least 65 years of age, legally blind or disabled, qualify for certain rate reductions. Proof of age or disability is required.
♦ Qualifying residents receive 35% off admission fees, camping, picnic shelters, and fishing pier admission.
♦ Qualifying residents may purchase a Palmetto Passport for $25.00 (50% off) for admission to all state parks for the period of one year.
♦ There are NO rate reductions for lodging, leased facilities, resale items or equipment rentals.

Does the park have handicap facilities? Yes - campsites, cabin, restrooms, beach access mats & two free loaner beach wheelchairs available (inquire @ park store & lighthouse).

Are pets allowed at the park? Yes, must be on a leash no longer than 6' at all times. Pets are not allowed on fishing pier or in or around lodging facilities.

Lighthouse hours? Daylight Savings Time: 10:00 AM—4:45 PM. Standard Time: 10:00 AM—3:45 PM.

Is there a fee to climb the lighthouse? $2 per person.

Latest time you can climb the lighthouse? Daylight Savings Time: Before 4:45 PM. Standard Time: Before 3:45 PM.

Are there limitations on who can climb? Must be 44" tall.

Nature Center hours? 9:00 AM—5:00 PM. The Nature Center will be open 7 days a week starting on 5/31/10 through Labor Day. (Off season - Closed SUNDAY & MONDAY.)

Hours Fishing Pier is open & is there a usage fee? Open 24 hours - Park Admission fee applies.

Are there hiking & biking trails at the park? Yes, 8.5 miles of trails through a sub tropical maritime forest with a 2.3 mile mountain bike trail.

Are there equestrian trails at the park? No trails, only on the beach from Dec. - Feb. (Load/unload at South beach parking lot only)

How many campground sites? 193 Camping Fees? Up to $26.00 per night, plus taxes and fees.

How to reserve a campsite? Call: (866) 345-7275 or use Reservations requested less than one (1) day in advance of check-in must be made directly (843)838-2011.

Are there rental cabins? The Lighthouse Cabin is available to rent up to 11 months to the date. Call 1-866-345-7275 or go online to

Are weddings allowed at the park? Yes – Call (843) 838-4868 park office to make arrangements.

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Site Map

  • 150anniv.html: Page for the 150th Lighthouse Anniversary Celebration, October 2009
  • index.html: Main home page, headers, links to headlines
  • about.html: About Friends, awards, & Board of Directors and committees
  • access.html: Accessibility & ADA conveniences at the Park to better serve Americans with Disabilities
  • attract.html: Attractions in general, links, & St Park camping links
  • beaches.html: Atlantic ocean sands, erosion, renourishment info
  • cgi-bin/ Event calendar edited by our President & Park staff
  • constr.html: Our Construction projects page; in process, completed, and planned.
  • events.html: Coming events for the Friends & Park
  • fohinfo.html: State Park FAQ & Sitemap (you are here)
  • himap.html: Maps, directions, links to other maps
  • join.html: How to join the Friends & Turtle Patrol
  • license.html: Info on our special DMV license plate
  • lighthouse.html: All about the Lighthouse, history & grounds
  • links.html: All our links collected together in one place
  • litter.html: Trash & litter control; the page we wish we could delete
  • marshbdwk.html: My favorite retreat; a walk into the marsh
  • merch.html: Mementos & fundraisers go together, order here!
  • natrctr.html: The Nature Center & Fishing Pier, education & fun
  • news.html: Reports on the outcome of events & links to articles
  • newslet.html: Information & PDF copies of our quarterly newsletter
  • oldnews.html: News archives
  • oyster.html: SCORE Oyster Reef building project
  • photos.html: Photos in general, as many as we can
  • plunge.html: So you want to jump in the ocean in January? Pelican Plunge!
  • rangers.html: Introducing your State Park Rangers
  • redbaydie.html: Information & links on the Red Bay die off
  • seaoats.html: Dune restoration. Sea oats & sand fencing, read about it!
  • tide.html: Frame page linking to a USC biology dept. tide program
  • trails.html: Hunting Island trails & trail projects
  • turtle2006.html: Photos & reports on 2006 Loggerhead turtle nests
  • turtle2007.html: Photos & reports on 2007 Loggerhead turtle nests
  • turtle2008.html: Photos & reports on 2008 Loggerhead turtle nests
  • turtle2009.html: Photos & reports on 2009 Loggerhead turtle nests
  • turtlehist.html: Statistics from past years nesting seasons
  • turtles.html: About our sea turtles, Loggerhead rescue program, & Lights Out
  • visitorctr.html: The Park Visitor Center welcomes you to the Park