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.
Hello happy campers. Stayed at site 172. Nice level spot with your neighbor right behind you and across the street. Our three year old said we were living in the jungle since we are surrounded by a multitude of trees and plant life. We love the shade. We saw deer, birds, squirrels and several raccoons. I suggest you keep all food put away since I watched one carry off someone’s food from their campsite. The store is stocked with everything you could possibly need or that you forgot to bring. Staff is friendly and helpful. Beach is clean and best of all not crowded. If you like history and nature, don’t forget to see the lighthouse and the nature center. One of the highlights of our stay was getting to participate in a loggerhead sea turtle nest being opened and watching four baby turtles being released to the seas.
Stayed at site 126, great site, fairly shaded. Wonderful experience, plenty of wildlife (deer as common as people, raccoons too, even a baby bobcat at neighboring campsite). Only complaints are: no parking at bathhouses have to walk & had bad experience with single person. Free access to the state park and great beach. Great weekend getaway. Mosquitoes were pretty bad away from campsite but keeping two citronella candles lit kept them away 90% of the time, not as bad as people make it out to be here. $2 to climb the lighthouse is definitely worth it. Even with 90+ degree weather the breeze kept it bearable. Very quiet campground.
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.