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.
Great campground, nice and clean bathrooms, beautiful beach, very nice hosts, plenty of activities to keep you busy. Laundry facilities would be very nice addition. Be aware of vicious mosquitoes. Other than that amazing spot. Definitely will be back.
Our first visit was in August 2020 and we’ve already booked our trip for 2021. We were in a site on the back row and even though this was farthest from the beach, it was only a quick walk to the ocean. Bathhouses were extraordinarily clean. The campground store was stocked with anything we might have needed. We rode our bikes up and down the beach and visited the lighthouse. The whole trip was fantastic, the only downside were the mosquitoes—come prepared!
Hunting Island State Park is a lovely place, but our camping experience was less than ideal. We tent camped on a full hookup site so we would have water and power. Had a lovely set up, but the mosquitoes and biting flies were off the chart! Also, was very hot and muggy. The bath house was like a sauna. Even after a cold shower, you came out sweating. It was also not very clean. The saving grace was the lovely beach which was a short walk from our campsite. Would definitely recommend going when the weather is a bit cooler and dryer!
Part of me wants to keep this place a secret and of course here I am telling it all. This is our second year in a row visiting this beach and campground for a week long stay. If you want the privacy, peace and quiet of a campground and feel like you have your own little piece of the beach then you need to come here. Coming into the campground you ride along and first stop is a little hut on the right for check in with the volunteer staff. Straight ahead is the camp store that is always well stocked with all your camping needs, groceries, ice lots of items to decorate your camper and site with gifts and clothing. The view to the right lets you see the newly redone dunes put in place along with some camp sites. The campground has had a lot of rain lately which has created a lot of standing water which the camp staff have been using sump pumps to remove. The campsites are your typical sand and gravel base with some sites level to up hill a bit. Wildlife is abundant from the daily deer visits to the teeny tiny pesky mosquitoes. There are a handful of trails for hiking and bicycling on. A nature center is on site that shares the history and nature of the island via visual and audio information. The bathhouses are clean and well stocked. The beaches are clean and with minimal campers heading out to the beach gives you a lot of space to spread out and have some beach fun.
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 😉