SC - Hunting Island

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  1. NicInNC

    NicInNC New Member

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    Just thought I'd share my review from Hunting Island State Park. It was BEAUTIFUL! Pics are also included at the end.
    This is the review I gave it on Trip Advisor and there are pics included in the link at the end:

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g54135-d284849-r3617706-Hunting_Island_State_Park_Campground-Beaufort_South_Carolina.html

    We visited Hunting Island campground in June of 2005. We had THE most amazing time. The campground is VERY well kept and bath houses were cleaned every morning. They have no hand soap or paper towels in the bath house. I guess that's to cut down on the littering though. Just make sure you bring your own with you. Those antibacterial hand and face wipes come in really handy. The campsites are real roomy and there are some REALLY nice shaded ones too. Most have water and electric hookup. Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. The camp store has everything you need. There are no grocery stores anywhere close, so that's probably why. The nearest grocery store is about 30 miles towards Beaufort.

    There is a lighthouse within bike riding distance. It's much easier to wait until the tide goes out and just ride on the beach the entire way. If worse comes to worse and you have to use the bike trails through the woods, have PLENTY of bug repellant. We got eaten alive by mosquitoes on the bike trail. We literally went into panic mode because they were swarming all over us. My daughter got bit up so many times that she ended up having an allergic reaction and we had to get a prescription because Benedryl wasn't working.

    The wildlife there was AWESOME. As soon as we got there, deer and raccoon came running for us to feed them. They get into EVERYTHING so be warned that you can not leave ANY trash, food or coolers outside or all your food will be gone. The kids LOVED it. One night a raccoon got into bags of chips in our screened in tent over the picnic table. I looked out and he was chomping away giving me a look like "haha...what are you gonna do?". Me yelling at him to "get" didn't phase him a bit.

    And the DOLPHINS! Oh my gosh, the dolphins! They were all over in the ocean. In the pictures they look like sharks because I couldn't catch them at the moment they came out of the water. The kids found LIVE sand dollars, hermit crabs and starfish.

    Loggerhead turtles come up every night and lay hundreds of eggs. You're not allowed to have lights at all on the beach at night because of them. Then the volunteers and wildlife people go out every morning at 6am to dig up the eggs and relocate them. Once relocated, they cover the nests with a special netting that the babies can get out of, but that prevents the deer and racoon from digging them up and eating them.

    I could go on and on about everything, but we had such a great time. In the pics, notice all the driftwood? The island loses approximately 15 feet of beach each year due to erosion. It's really sad because it's such a beautiful place. They leave the driftwood and anything that washes up so that it helps build up the sand dunes.

    And there's also fiddler crabs and oyster beds. The oysters spit water out all the time. It's cool to watch. Ant the tide goes out so far that it's like walking on the moon. But when the tide comes in, it comes in quick and people get stranded out in the ocean because there's no way for them to come across. The "lifeguards" (they only have lifeguards when the tide comes in I think) have bullhorns and make sure everyone is in from the "islands" before the tide comes in. When the tide goes out and comes in, it's neat because it makes little ponds and rivers for the kids to play in.

    If you ever want to make the trip to the low country of South Carolina, I HIGHLY recommend this place. It's real close to Beaufort, SC. Our children said they NEVER wanted to go back to Myrtle Beach again. Hunting Island will be our yearly vacation spot from now on! Hunting Island beach was never once crowded, so there was plenty of room to play, fly kites and ride bikes. Make sure you stop by the Nature Center down the road from the campground and also walk the pier.


    PICTURES (check out the homemade potty my hubby made out of a 5 gallon bucket....LOL! This year, we have a REAL port-a-potty though):

    http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8Bbs2bZs4bMWS¬ag=1

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    Edited by - NicInNC on March 06 2006 20:14:18
     
  2. rookiecampers

    rookiecampers New Member

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    aww that sounds like paradise. We are going this summer!!

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    LoriC New Member

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    OH my goodness, we were thinking about trying Myrtle Beach State Park.but you might have sold us on Hunting island now :) WOW! I'm from ohio, so not sure with how close Hunting Island is to Myrtle Beach? I'm sure i can mapquest. Whats is around that area to do? Thanks so much for sharing and your pictures were just beautiful! Thanks again, Lori
     
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    Hunting Island is so much nicer than Myrtle Beach State Park. It is like day and night. Many of the sites are on the beach at Hunting Island. H.I. is like a tropical paradise in Dr. Dolittle land. The animals come right up to your site and wait to be fed.
    The beach itself may be one of the most pristine I have ever enjoyed. This place is one of a kind.

    Only one drawback in the summer- bugs like you wouldn't believe. Bring a screen room and plenty of spray.

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    Edited by - sbryant6 on May 29 2007 19:07:51

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  5. rookiecampers

    rookiecampers New Member

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    I agree SBRYANT.. we just got back from there. Its our favorite place and we plan on going back at Thanksgiving. the area around it is not commercialized like Myrtle Beach so if thats what you are looking for, don't go to Hunting. The closest grocery store/local town is 10 miles away and that is how we like it!!

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  6. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Checked out the campsite in early April, while driving through. All I can say is BUG REPELLENT! The no-see-ums were vicious. The campground hosts told us that some people were leaving early because of the bugs.

    All that said, I am going next spring break. Already have the beach side campsite reserved!



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  7. snipehunter

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    We are going to be at Hunting Island April 13-19, 2009.

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    SCmomma New Member

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    man.......i had a choice recently between hunting island and huntington beach state park and i chose huntington beach........now i wish i had gone with hunting island........oh well, i will reserve a site there at some point during the year.......preferably during a season without the no see ums........haha..........great pics.......thanks for sharing..........SCmomma
     

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