Day one of our Spring Break road trip was incredible for us “beach hunters of the south.” After visiting this cool coastal town, it was time to move on to our next family vacation destination — Hunting Island South Carolina. I’d never heard of it even though we’d lived in Charleston and I only found it because I searched diligently for a coastal vacation spot between Tybee Island Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.
When I started getting serious about the possibility of Hunting Island State Park campground for day two of our road trip, I stared in disbelief at the online descriptions of this South Carolina beach that supposedly came right up to the RV campground. Was it too good to be true?
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From I95, it’s only forty miles to Hunting Island State Park. As you leave Beaufort, it may feel as if you are driving out to the edge of America because you are — out to the edge of the eastern South Carolina coast. You’ll know you’ve arrived when the canopy of trees and palmettos welcomes you. Oh yeah, and the state park sign. You’ll also be greeted by sweet volunteers and/or Park Rangers with their clipboards in hand, ready to get you checked in quickly.
As it turns out, Hunting Island is part of a large, woodsy state park whose maritime forest stretches out to a secluded, pristine beach that is wide, with hard-packed sand perfect for biking, walking, running, shell collecting, or just sunbathing. Hunting Island State Park is unbelievably tranquil, private, affordable, and uncrowded. Just yards away from the campground, you can walk down the beach and through a forest trail to get you to the lighthouse.
If you are fortunate enough to be in the front campsite section along the beach though, there are no obstructions like sand dunes, boardwalks, or rocks between you and the beach sand. The beach is very clean and dog-friendly. There aren’t any hotels on the island at all and only one cabin located beside the lighthouse that you can rent from the State Park. The campground store was very nice with many essentials, high-quality souvenirs/clothes, snacks and handled by park rangers. Little peeps will enjoy this store as well as the big kids (adults) too.
Have you already made your Hunting Island South Carolina reservation?
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