We spent three nights here and fell in love with it! If you love the ocean this is the best place. The beach is beautiful and it is amazing for shelling. We were in site 118 and it was perfect. We had a hill behind us which made it nice and quiet. They have a great store there and the staff was very welcoming and helpful. The rest of the park is beautiful as well. The lighthouse is the highlight of the park. We can’t wait to go back!
This campground was the best we have stayed at so far. Beach view with very easy beach access. Dogs are also allowed at the beach which was a nice change. The beach is wide but watch out for high tide as certain areas are harder to navigate through at that time. They are still cleaning up parts of the campground from the hurricane, and from the looks of it they may not be able to get back some of the sites that have been damaged. The bathrooms were clean. My only complaint is they have two showers in one stall, and the stall has no lock. You will either be showering with a friend or a complete stranger, potentially. The park has plenty to do including a lighthouse. We had a terrific visit and is on our list of places to go back. The sites were close together and some were not even. We were at site 145.
We camped here for 3 nights with our dogs. The only reason I'm giving 4 out of 5 stars is the campground was just super crowded. Some of the campsites don't have much privacy. But the campground facilities were top notch. I've never seen such a nice and clean bathhouse at a campground. The park staff was super nice too. There is a camp and souvenir store at the campground entrance that has everything you need. The landscape was just breathtaking. There are palm trees right on the beach and you could walk for miles right on it. It's also just a short walk to the lighthouse. There are multiple hiking trail to explore the maritime forest. It's definitely worth it. I would camp there again but I think during the week it's a little less crowded and more quiet. I'm also glad we came in November and bugs and mosquitos weren't a big problem.
We've been coming here for 18 years. It's a wonderful place for family and friends to gather. The beach is beautiful. The campground is coming back to life after Hurricane Matthew. Charleston and Savannah are both within an hour and a half. Beaufort is a beautifully quiet town with many lovely spots to visit. It's our favorite place to visit.
My family and I have camped at this campground for over 20 years. Every summer we would rv camp for a week or two. I have camped on at least 30 sites. A couple of years ago, hurricanes decimated the island and local rangers and staff have done wonders to renovate the campground. Many campsites and parts of roads got wiped away with the hurricane but what is still left is my version of paradise. This has been and will probably continue to be my favorite campground. Bugs are bad and will pick you up and carry you off. Deer and racoons are friendly and will approach campsites. The camp store and bathhouses are nice and frequently updated.
Hunting Island State Park campground is absolutely stunning and a tropical vacation dream! We camped for 5 nights in site 158. Most of the campsites are shaded and well maintained. A hurricane decimated the island a few years ago, but the staff are working hard to bring it back to full capacity (some campsites are still not open). The bath/shower houses are amazing with nice showers, warm water and plenty of privacy. The wildlife is abundant with friendly deer, raccoons, turtle nests, crabs, woodpeckers and a variety of sea birds. The raccoons are a bit too friendly, so make sure your food is well secured. The mosquitos are vicious and bug spray is a must! The beach and camp store (awesome staff) are easily accessible from all campsites by foot or bike. The beach is gorgeous and is only used by the campers. On the south end of the island, the beach is open to the public. The island is unspoiled and has no hotels, condos, beach houses or the sort. We were able to dine on fresh seafood at local restaurants and purchase daily catches at local seafood markets to cook on the campfire. The bike/hiking trails are well maintained and offer beautiful views of the forest, lagoon, light house and beach. Our favorite spots on the island were the tree bone yard on the beach and riding our bikes in the surf to the farthest northern point of the island. Here are the campsites we will consider in the future: 158, 127, 167, 177, 179, and 187. Book early because the campground fills up fast!
I have been camping here since I was a kid and always found this place so peaceful and beautiful. Make sure you bring bug spray and plenty of money for the wonderful camp store! Unfortunately the front row sites which we use to enjoy are slowly being washed away but the park rangers and other committees are doing their best to help save Hunting Island.
Campground Review: We cycled, kayaked, hiked and watched gorgeous sunrises over the Atlantic at this beautiful campground on the coast of South Carolina. Lined with spikey palmetto trees, towering long leaf pines, and live oak dripping with Spanish moss, the biking and walking trails makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a tropical paradise. You can kayak for days through the inlets lined with sea grass, too.
In early March, this state park was nearly full, but still amazingly quiet given the number of people they can squeeze into this place. The beach, as well as the campsites closest to it, were hit hard by the 2017 storms and hurricanes. While they’ve cleaned up a great deal of it, it’s going to take a decade to fully recover. With this said, the “pickled trees” of old forests add a haunting feeling to any sunrise, and also serve as a great backdrop for nature photographers like me.
We planned to stay 2 nights, but the weather was so glorious, we decided to stay another 2 nights in a different site.* Site 172 is significantly more private and shaded with no evidence of storm damage, but site 132 has a ton of sun, few trees, and an ocean view. *Note: State park campgrounds are notorious for telling you they are full when you look online, but when you ask at the office they will always tell you, “Looks like I have just 1 more available for tonight.” Hence, we very rarely make reservations.
Each site has a firepit, picnic table, electricity and water. Some sites are relatively small, but all are clean and maintained. Throughout the park, there are plenty of sites for large RV’s, and there were quite a few of them. The bathrooms were absolutely immaculate, and the showers nice and hot -- making us feel like we were at a spa rather than a campground!
In addition to all of this, there is a historic lighthouse, nature center, visitor’s center, and large picnic area at this park, as well as a small boat launch. All of the amenities do come with a price tag – $48 per night, which is quite a bit more than we usually spend, but the glorious weather made it worth it.
The town of Beaufort is about 15 miles away, with all that you could possibly need, including great low country restaurants. Get your shrimp, grits, and hush puppy fix on! Check out our blog on The Dyrt's Online Magazine about our experience on the coast of South Carolina.
Product Review: As a Ranger for The Dyrt, we’ve been taking the Renogy Phoenix Portable Generator out on a test drive as we’ve camped in various places throughout the southeast this winter. We also do lifestyle presentations around the country and have used this portable unit during our seminars to teach both kids and adults about the basics of how solar power works. We use this portable unit as a supplement to our larger 100-watt panel and deep cycle marine battery within our adventure rig. See our other Renogy Solar Panel Ranger Review for more information about our 100-watt panel.
What we like about this product:
- It is a solar panel, battery, and inverter – all in one unit.
- It is simple and easy to use. Open it up, face it into the sun, and start charging. Nothing to plug in, turn on, etc. The LCD screen on the front of the panel clearly shows that is irradiated and what % of the battery is currently charged.
- It’s easy to manage because it folds up to the size of a large briefcase for easy storage and portability. It weighs about 18 pounds.
- The carrying handle is firmly integrated into the side, making for an easy place to loop a cable through to lock it down when we leave for the day.
- You can charge it up in various ways: use the sun, plug it into your accessories connection (cigarette lighter) in your car while you are driving down the road, or if you are seeking a quick charge, plug it in to a standard wall outlet before you head out for a trip. These inputs are clearly labeled within the access panel on the left side of the unit.
- It charges small devices which run on either AC or DC power. These are clearly labeled within the access panel on the right side of the unit. It takes about 3 hours and 50% of the battery’s storage capacity to fully charge Shari’s laptop (which has a largeish battery and requires a good deal of power). But a smartphone can charge in less than an hour via a USB cable, with only about 20% of its capacity used.
What could be improved:
- If you are seeking to use the sun to charge up this unit, the panel is small, so it needs to be in the direct sun (no cloud cover) for a significant portion of the day. This can be tricky as you aren’t always hanging around the campsite for the entire day, monitoring the movement of the sun.
- If one portion of the system breaks (panel, battery, or inverter), can it be replaced without throwing the whole unit out?
- Though robustly constructed, this unit cannot be left outside in the rain as it is not waterproof.
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Hunting Island State Park is like stepping back into the Jurassic period, except there's a lighthouse, lol. The foliage is crazy cool ! If a dinosaur stepped out from the side of the trail it wouldn't be out of place…shocking, but not out of place.
Last spring (2017)some major storms caused some havoc and the park just reopened recently. The area by the lighthouse closed when we were there due to erosion making the pavement collapse/crumble. The campground (part of it) is reopened but the mess is still there. The staff is working to clear and clean the park up.
There is a dock with some premium fishing and trail adjacent that takes you to the beach of skeleton trees.