GALLERY: Hunting Island Lighthouse / State Park – A View from the Top in South Carolina

Located 20 miles east of Beaufort, lies the scenic natural wonder of the Lowcountry, Hunting Island State Park.  With acres of forest and wildlife, miles of open beachfront, picnic areas, camping options, cabins, a majestic view of the sunset, gift shop and the only lighthouse in the state of South Carolina where you can walk up, Hunting Island State Park offers the total family package.

Fee spoiler alert:  There is an admission of $5.00 a person (unless you have an Annual Palmetto Passport) and $2.00 fee to walk up the Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is 185 steps to the top and 132 feet above sea level with the ability to see up to 40 miles on a clear day and what a view it is.

Come along with us on a virtual trip as we provide you pictures and some fun facts to entice you to pack the car and make a great day or overnight trip.  (P.S. – Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort is a stunning place to watch the sunrise and sunset).

 

 

The original brick lighthouse was constructed between 1857-1859 on the North end of the Island standing at 95′ tall.

 

In 1861, the lighthouse was destroyed by the Confederates so the Union would not be able to use the light against them.

Stairwell to the top

Stairwell to the top

 

The new lighthouse was build and completed in two years in 1875.  For all the hard work and upkeep of the lighthouse, keepers and assistants earned $500-$700 annually.

 

In 1889, due the ocean water reaching the base of the lighthouse, it was dismantled and moved 1 1/4 miles southwest.  It took only 4 months to rebuild.

 

Reflection of the lighthouse while looking down

Reflection of the lighthouse while looking down

 

View to the North

View to the North

 

 

View straight out to the oceanfront

View straight out to the oceanfront

 

South side view

South side view

 

Lighthouse base view

Lighthouse base view

 

Let us take a walk on the beach together.

 

 

 

Sand Art

Sand Art

 

 

 

 

Keep our parks clean

Keep our parks clean

 

 

Visitors Center Entrance way

Visitors Center Entrance way

 

Bonus:  Sunset in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina

If this doesn’t warm your spirits and get your yearning for the great outdoors, then I don’t know what will.

Make a plan to explore South Carolina and see one of the most beautiful state parks.

 

 

 

 

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