Hunting Island, South Carolina, USA

Hunting Island, South Carolina, USA

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Lagoons and lighthouses on Hunting Island

From its lush maritime forests to its shimmering tidal lagoons, Hunting Island is one of South Carolina's most enchanting state parks. It's a nature lover's dream come true, with miles of pristine Atlantic coast to explore. There are endless opportunities to hike forested trails, spot endangered loggerhead turtles, and beachcomb under the watchful eye of its historic lighthouse. While most travelers choose to stay in the nearby colonial town of Beaufort, Hunting Island vacation rentals put you just steps from the park.

Relive your favorite Forrest Gump scenes

Nature is the order of the day, so don't forget to bring a sense of adventure. Hunting Island boardwalk is a great place to start, with a marshy landscape that you may recognize from Forrest Gump's Vietnam War scenes. Want the best of both worlds? With Hunting Island vacation rentals you can get your hands dirty in the park, then return to your luxury condo for sunset G&Ts on the deck. You can also stay in nearby Beaufort, a postcard-perfect town dotted with grand antebellum mansions and moss-laced magnolia trees.

From fishing to fiery sunsets

Looming large on the horizon, the Hunting Island Light is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, visitors can climb to the top for sweeping coastal views. If you want to know more about the ecosystem head to the Nature Center. The HQ is packed full of colorful exhibits, live reptile displays, and plenty of park information. It's also a great place to sign up for daily tours run by park rangers. It's right next to the fishing pier, which is a great place to reel in sea trout, flounder, and redfish.

Breezy summers on Hunting Island

Hunting Island enjoys a semitropical climate, with mild weather throughout the year. Cool Atlantic breezes help to keep the summer heat in check which means you'll never feel overwhelmed by the South Carolina sunshine. Waterfront Hunting Island vacation rentals unlock unprecedented access to the sea breeze, with sunny decks that back right onto the ocean. If you're lucky, you could even spot frolicking dolphins as you sip on your morning coffee. Both Beaufort and Hunting Island buzz over holidays like Memorial Day and the 4th of July, so expect big crowds and an upbeat atmosphere.

Turtle watching in the ACE Basin 

As part of South Carolina's ACE Basin estuarine reserve area, Hunting Island is a haven for local wildlife. The barrier island is strewn with sandy beaches and marshlands that attract legions of turtles. Every summer, hundreds of hatchlings emerge from the sand and flap their way down to the ocean. The tidal ponds and lagoons are also home to saltwater alligators, as well as herons, egrets, and other sea birds. If you want to get a feel for the landscape, why not cruise along the Sea Island Parkway, a stretch of road that links a series of marshy rural islands?