Hunting Island State Park RV & Campground Guide

South Carolina

You may already have Savannah on your bucket list and have spent a summer or two in the Outer Banks -- but there’s a beautiful barrier island landscape nestled on the coast of South Carolina that may be flying under your radar. Hunting Island State Park is home to 5,000 acres of stunning lowcountry, including beach, marsh, and maritime forest. Along with miles of beachfront and a swimmable saltwater lagoon, this park is also home to a 130-foot lighthouse -- the only one accessible to visitors in the entire state of South Carolina. 

Hunting Island State Park also offers a convenient, modern campground, complete with 100 campsites offering water and electric hookups as well as shower and restroom facilities. Whether you’re aiming to challenge yourself by climbing the 167 steps to the top of the lighthouse or just want to take a leisurely stroll on the fishing pier, here’s what you need to know to enjoy a trip to Hunting Island State Park.

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Weather
Spring 48-80 F
Summer 72-90 F
Fall 49-85 F
Winter 39-60 F
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Nearby Cities
St. Helena Island, SC
Beaufort, South Carolina
Yemassee, South Carolina
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Hunting Island State Park

If you’re planning an RV trip to Hunting Island State Park, chances are you’re hoping to stay right in the park itself. After all, they have a convenient and well-developed campground with affordable, well-equipped campsites. 

But with just 100 slots to choose from and their dreamy, beachfront location, it’s just a fact of life: the campground is going to fill up fast. But don’t worry! If you haven’t made your reservations months ahead of time, there are some other options in the area to choose from. (Psst: still need to reserve a rig, too? Consider getting your next RV rental from RVshare -- our trusted network of private owners offers travel trailers and motorhomes of every shape, size, and price level.)

Tuck in the Wood Campground and RV Park

If you’re looking for the same kind of serenity and solitude you’d find at Hunting Island, all within just a few miles’ drive of the park itself, check out Tuck in the Wood Campground. Offering 80 campsites friendly for both RVers and tent campers, you can take advantage of 50-amp electric hookups, a bathhouse with shower facilities, a fully-stocked freshwater fishing pond, and more. Best of all: reservations are NOT required!

  • Water hookup: n/a
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: n/a
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes -- but no “aggressive” breeds like Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, or Dobermans
  • Other amenities: bath house with shower facilities, on-site laundromat, playground, horseshoe and basketball courts, recreation hall, stocked freshwater fishing pond

Point South/I-95/Yemassee KOA

If you’ve been on the road for any length of time, you’re likely aware of KOA’s reputation. This nationwide family of campgrounds is an industry standard for a reason -- and the Point South/I-95/Yemassee KOA location is no different. It’s conveniently located right off the highway, making for easy arrivals and departures. And with its big-rig friendly sites and campground convenience store, it’s perfect for every single camper, no matter what you’re driving or craving.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: cable TV, snack bar, firewood, fishing area, pavilion

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Hunting Island State Park

Inside Hunting Island State Park

When you’re talking about a barrier island along some of the most beautiful coastline in the country, chances are you don’t need much of a sales pitch. But if you’re wondering what keeps park visitors busy during their stay, well, here are a few activities that represent just the tip of the iceberg.

Beachfront access and saltwater lagoon - with more than 5 miles of beach perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and plain old meandering, if you’re looking to enjoy some sand and saltwater, Hunting Island State Park won’t disappoint.

Historic lighthouse - The Hunting Island light is the only one in the entire state of South Carolina that’s open to the public, and once you see the view from the top, you’ll agree that the 167-step climb is well worth the effort.

Fishing pier - Whether you’re angling to reel up tonight’s dinner or just to sit back and relax by the water without getting sand in your hair, the Hunting Island State Park fishing pier is the perfect place to do so.

Nature center programs - The park’s on-site nature center offers fun and educational programs for visitors of all ages, and is also home to some fascinating local creatures!

Outside Hunting Island State Park

Don’t get us wrong -- we wouldn’t find ourselves bored if we had to spend a week or two inside Hunting Island State Park. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing else in the area worth your vacation time! From visiting local must-sees to trying out that hearty southern cuisine you’ve heard so much, here’s where to head when you’re looking for some off-site excitement.

Restaurants

You’ve gotta eat sometime, so why not eat well? Here are some spots to try.

Breakwater Restaurant and Bar

If you don’t have at least one posh seafood meal, have you even been to the coast? Breakwater Restaurant and Bar is the perfect place to chow down on southern fried shrimp or spicy calamari. It’s open for lunch, dinner, and dessert -- and also has a noteworthy wine list to accompany your meal in style.

Type: American

Location: Beaufort, SC

Salumi & Formaggi

No matter where you are in the world, there’s nothing quite like a fine Italian meal to make you feel satisfied and comforted. This beloved Beaufort joint offers hand-crafted pastas, curated meats and cheeses, and an old-world feel you won’t soon forget.

Type: Italian

Location: Beaufort, SC

Sightseeing

If a rainy day’s got you down or you’re just looking for a different adventure, consider these nearby sightseeing attractions.

Tales of the Lowcountry

Whether you’re just looking for some historical context to help you better enjoy your visit or you’re brave enough to take on a spooky ghost tour, Beaufort-based Tales of the Lowcountry tour group has a guided experience that’ll be both enlightening and enlivening. (Just don’t say we didn’t warn you if you end up having trouble sleeping!)

Location: Beaufort, SC

Penn Center

Formerly known as the Penn School, this African-American cultural and educational center offers historical exhibits and events that bring the history of this part of the country to life. For an especially memorable visit, come to the Penn Center during the Heritage Days Celebration, where you’ll witness demonstrations of traditional basket weaving, cast net-making, and more.

Location: St. Helena Island, SC

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How to Get to
Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park is located on the Atlantic Coast and is accessible from Beaufort or Yemassee via U.S. Route 22. You can also find your way to the park by plugging the following address into you GPS or navigational system:

Hunting Island State Park

2555 Sea Island Parkway

St. Helena Island, South Carolina 29920

Entering Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island State Park is open during the following hours and assesses the following fees for entry:

6 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time)

Adults : $5

Seniors : $3

Age 65 and over

Youths : $3

Free for youths under 5 years.

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