Hunting Island State Park has over 100 campsites right along the coast of South Carolina. Pitch your tent or park your RV along the Atlantic at this subtropical state park with palm tree forests and sandy beaches. Hunting Island camping is perfect for those wanting to experience a coastal wilderness. Amenities include restrooms, a camp store, and full RV hookups.
Hunting Island is a gorgeous and popular park. If you love mosquitoes and sweat, you should definitely visit in July! Recently opened after being flooded by rain, the campground had many large puddles where mosquitoes like to breed. And breed they did! As soon as we arrived, we were swarmed. We used a new can of bug spray up in one day and had to drive out to buy more supplies.
The best place to escape the bugs was on the beach, where a breeze keeps them at bay. The beach is also the spot to stargaze at night, where it's cool and clear and the sky view is amazing.
There are multiple restrooms/shower facilities, centrally-located throughout the campground (but no wastebaskets in the restrooms). You may want to bring a beach cart, as the walk from the campground to the beach is a little far for carrying a bunch of stuff in your arms.
The rustic tent sites, while closer to the beach, don't have much shade, which is a must during the summer. Friendly deer and raccoons roam the campground, looking for handouts and stealing, if necessary.
Recommended sites: 158, 179, 183
Where else can you camp and get deer on one hand, and ocean fishing in the other! We loved it! Stop at Gay Shrimp Co. on your way in for fresh shrimp to cook at your sight. We camped feet from the ocean. Talk about relaxing!
Uneven sites, horrible potholes and poor drainage throughout the park. We did have some torrential rain our first night, but the puddles didn’t drain after 4 days. My son hit a pothole on his bike and got skinned up on our first day. You can’t deny the natural beauty and the beach is gorgeous. Bathrooms were clean and showers hot. The bathrooms are not close to the beach access point and staff was very rude. I recommend avoiding the first loop closest to the beach as they were flooded. Our site was #169 which had good drainage and close to a camp shower.
Seemingly well maintained. Booked this site based on photos prior to the devastation from hurricane Matthew in 2016. Our site, and many others had no privacy or shade. With that being said, it is still a beautiful beach and there are Still quite a few sites that maintained its lush surroundings. Cannot beat the beach access! Would book again, just not this particular site. Left one day early.
This was our first time out after having to cancel trips during the CoronaCation, so we were really ready.
Got our favorite campsite on the back row, away from the kids and the beach. Quiet with all the nature critters.
Site is a good size, very near the bathhouse. Bathhouse is well maintained and about average for cleaning.
Since the hurricane almost destroyed the park, none of the sites are really on the beach, so bring your wagon.
Bring a fan and your bug stuff. If the breeze ever stops, the bugs can only be described as biblical.
Raccoons, deer, squirrels, and armadillos maraude through the campground constantly looking for food. The raccoons -can- open your high dollar grizzly proof cooler if they want to. Don't leave anything that smells edible unattended.
Hunting Island Beachside Camping has amazing views and is right on the beach. I was no more than 40 yards from the water. All rustic sites are car friendly but you must keep car on paved area. You have great and easy car access to some nice and easy ocean and marsh trails. I recommend the Lagoon Trail to Little Hunting Island Loop Trail (about 4 miles round trip). Little Hunting Island is a cool small island filled with petrified trees and driftwood. In total there are 12 trails totaling 9.45 miles. There is also a store, bathrooms with showers, and WiFi in the campgrounds.
I camped here at the end of February. The daily and nightly temps were very manageable/comfortable. High in the low 60s and Low in the mid to low 40s.
Why I did not rate this 5 stars is for two reasons. One is price, it cost $90.00 for two nights at the end February which is offseason. The cost does include admission into the state park which is were most of the trails are. It is also home to the only lighthouse in SC you can walkup.
The second reason for the 4 star rating is the campsites are extremely close. You are right on top of other campers. I could clearly hear other sites’s conversations and music and for it being off-season most sites were booked. However there was one site that was more private, closer to the water, and next to the tree line, rustic site 13. THIS IS THE SITE YOU WANT. If you want more privacy or have more people or both and you have the money I would rent site 13 and 14. Because the sites are so close together these two have a natural flow and feel like one nice campsite.
Pros • Beach camp close to the Ocean • Good easy trails • Store • Bathrooms w/ shower • WiFi • Fire ring w/ grille • ￼Picnic table • February temps ￼comfortable • Amazing Sunrise!!!! • Dog Friendly • Nature center • Fishing pier • Wildlife viewing area • Great parking/ easy driving. (SUV)
Cons • Price ( $90 for two night in Feb) • Sites extremely close to one another￼￼ • ￼No alcohol 😉
Hunting Island is a gorgeous campground and state park right on the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, this means they are constantly rebuilding after hurricanes so consequently, it is expensive to camp here! The upside is brand spanking new bathrooms with hot water. The only thing missing (in the bathroom) was a trash can so unfortunately, trash was on the floor.
Sites are generous in size and some have trees separating them from ones on the other side of the loop. Note alcohol is prohibited.
The beach, which is directly accessible from the campground, has a long stretch of hard-packed sand and is very walkable. The lighthouse is within easy walking distance from the campground and the beach takes you through upended trees from hurricanes dating back to Hugo in 1989. The sunrises are incredibly gorgeous and well worth getting up when it is still dark out to take photos. There is a well-stocked camp store with friendly personnel.
First beach camp. First South Carolina camp. Site 13 was literally 24 steps from tent to the breaking waves of the Atlantic which are a great soundtrack along with the gusting breezes for reading and cooking s’mores. Thursday night the park was very quiet with Friday and Saturday filling up with friendly families with kids, a surfer, and RVers..a great mix.
Staff was helpful, efficient, and accommodating.
Simple, relaxing, memorably situated park.
Hunting Island State Park is my favorite of the coastal state parks. The wildness at the heart of this gem is undeniable. Hurricanes have not been kind to it over the past few years but it has stood the test of time and shows us all how to adapt and roll with the storms that come through life. If you want to visit a state park that allows you to get in touch with your wild side you must check this place out.
Organized campsites on pristine barrier island near Beaufort SC. Accessible via bridge. Tent camping and RV sites. Several rustic trails . Literally can camp next to the beach. There is a historic lighthouse and grounds there a available for tours. Across the channel from Fripp Island.