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If you’ve never walked among the driftwood on the beach at Hunting Island, you’re missing out on one of the most serene and beautiful areas of South Carolina. As one of the last undeveloped Sea Islands in the Lowcountry. It has a strong reputation for its undisturbed natural features and animal populations, including deer, turtles, alligators, and hundreds of species of birds.
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The 5,000-acre state park nestled between Fripp Island and Harbor Island got its name because of its original use as a hunting preserve. When the Sea Islands hurricane swept through in 1893, it destroyed everything man-made except for the lighthouse, which is still standing today. Visitors were able to use one of several cabins on the island until all but one of the park’s cabins were destroyed in recent years due to beach erosion. Luckily, RV and Tent camping is still available on the north side of the island.
Visitors have plenty to do on the island, with 4 miles of beautiful beachfront, more than 6 miles of hiking/biking trails, and a large lagoon that’s popular for fishing. In addition, the Hunting Island Nature Center has live animals and exhibits on the island and its history. Visitors can also climb to the viewing deck of the lighthouse and look out on the island from 134 feet up.
Hunting Island is one of South Carolina’s true hidden gems. If you live in-state or just visiting, don’t deny yourself one of the most amazing and peaceful experiences South Carolina has to offer.