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Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina

Updated on August 19, 2014

Hunting Island, a Most Unique Beach!

Hunting Island State Park, in Beaufort, South Carolina ~ is one of the fastest eroding beaches on the East Coast, so you better get there quick! It's named one of America's Top Ten Beaches and is South Carolina's most visited beach, so hopefully it will be there for a while with all that goodness going on!

I hope you and your family will get a chance to visit Hunting Beach, as it is a wonderful educational opportunity, as well as of the most unique beaches imaginable!  Just don't tarry ~ sadly, another hurricane or a couple of years and all that could be left is a memory.

Hunting Island Lighthouse is one of eight existing lighthouses in South Carolina, and the only one open to the public. With a magnificent 360 degree view, your family will look forward to climbing the spiral staircase all the way to the top. Come and see the fun you will miss out on if you blink!

PIctures by Bev Lemley ~ all rights reserved

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In 2005

This is undoubtedly no longer a part of Hunting Island ~

The Original Lighthouse

Was built in 1859, and destroyed during the Civil War by the Confederates ~ that's right, the Confederates! Their strategy was to prevent the Union from using it as a navigation point.

Hunting Island State Park

Boasts the only lighthouse the public can climb in South Carolina. It was rebuilt in 1875, designed to be disassembled and reconstructed, given the nature of erosion at the island. By 1889, a mere 14 years later, indeed, it was relocated one mile inland. What an impressive engineering feat!

For more info on the lighthouse, visit Lighthouse Friends.

Visit Friends of Hunting State Park

Here is just a glimpse of all the fun you're missing! Of course, you can explore the site and find a beautiful world ready to explore.

Friends of Hunting Island State Park are friends of loggerhead sea turtles, millions of birds, oysters, blue crabs, pelicans ~ and a whole lot of fun!

Hunting Island State Park... - Fun! And under siege...

A Giant Root Ball

From the size of this root ball, it took some effort to uproot it. Perhaps the sand just washed away from it, and over it went, as there is no sign of where it was planted!

A lonely stretch


Nature's Ever Changing Face...

Hunting Island State Park

is friends with sand castle building, the Pelican Plunge (think Polar Bears), Sweetgrass Friends, and definitely friends of you and I!

Visit Hunting Island State Park and take home some memories that may have to last forever!

For more info, visit Hunting!

Hunting Island State Park received a Purple Star!

Thank you for this honor! B : )

See the view from the top!

See for yourself the view from the top, and some of the fun on the ground. There's five miles of wide, gorgeous beaches (they're wide because all the trees are slowly toppling, I suppose?!), and all the fun on the way up ~ and lovely sunset as the sun goes down. This is quite a lovely capture of this jewel of the south ~ South Carolina Family Travel Insider.

Picture album

I hope you enjoyed your visit!

It is an awesome place for kids to explore and learn about marine biology, birds and waterfowl, as well as enjoy a beautiful ocean.

I hope you will get a chance to visit soon!

Oh, yes, and don't forget to climb the Lighthouse ~ it's only 167 steps up the wrought iron spiral staircase!

Visit Hunting for more park info.

Please sign our guestbook ~ have you been to Hunting Island?

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    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @OhMe: It's a great park! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I haven't been to Hunting Island in a good many years and didn't realize that it was experiencing so much erosion. It is a beautiful location, for sure.

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @aesta1: Hi, Aesta1! Thanks for stopping by! I will have to see which beach you're referring to! B : )

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @sikiriki: I hope you get to! There are other beautiful beaches nearby, and Myrtle Beach is not too far away, either. Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      5 years ago

      It is amazing I would like to visit that park some Day:-)

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Like your pictures. Reminds of the continuous erosion in many beaches. Am concerned about our own beach.

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Titia: It does look tragic! Hunting Island has five miles of beaches, that are pretty wide and flat, probably from all the trees being toppled. The beach is just gorgeous, despite the debris! Thank you for your kind support and for stopping by! Congrats to you, too! I still have to get around to seeing the other beachy lenses ~ Thanks, Titia! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @poldepc lm: Thank you! I appreciate that wonderful support, Poldepc! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look! I hope you get a chance to visit there someday! B :)

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      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @Vikk Simmons: Thank you, vikksimmons! I hope you get a chance to visit it. Further up the coast is Huntington Park, too ~ it gets confusing! But Hunting Island and Huntington Park are two wonderful places to visit in SC! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @lesliesinclair: Hi, Papier! On my link under "See the View from the Top, there is a video that does just that. You'll see all the gorgeous scenery and great photos from the Island. I hope you get a chance to take a look! Thanks for stopping by! B : )

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like climbing tall structures - we don't have climable lighthouses in China, but we have lots of tall pagodas, often 7-8 stories high. It's good that you can still climb in it. And that root ball. Wow. Erosion really does take a toll on the coast!

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      5 years ago

      I'd sure like to climb that lighthouse and see the view from the top.

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      5 years ago from Houston

      That is some huge root ball. Congrats on the Purple Star and being featured. I don't think I've heard of Huntington before.

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      poldepc lm 

      5 years ago

      what a beautiful lens...really "imminent"...thx for sharing

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      Titia Geertman 

      5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Oh my, what a waste of a beautiful site, but nature has no mercy and will do what she thinks she must do. Looks like a great exploring place for kids (and grownups). Love your photos and congrats on your raffle ticket.

    • BLemley profile imageAUTHOR

      Beverly Lemley 

      5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      @mbgphoto: Awesome that you climbed up it! I'm glad you have memories of the very unique place! It is pretty remarkable! Thanks, Mbgphoto! B : )

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Interesting lens...Hunting Island was the first lighthouse I climbed to the top. Thanks for the memories


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