Camp at the Boneyard Beaches of Hunting Island State Park

Hunting Island Primitive Campground, Saint Helena Island, South Carolina, United States

  • Activities:

    Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Camping, Fishing, Bodysurfing, Surfing, Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3 Miles

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

This hidden gem of the South Carolina lowcountry is just a short drive away from Charleston and is a must see if you are in the area! From dense, old growth Live Oak forest draped in Spanish Moss to the incredible boneyard beaches littered with palmetto groves along miles of pristine beaches. Not to mention the beach front campsites that provide a perfect view of sunrise over the ocean each morning..what more do you need to hear!? 

There are a few different access trails throughout the park and all are equally impressive with scenery and ease of hike but starting from the Hunting Island Campground take the beach access near the campground store and you have miles of boneyard beaches, dunes and groves of palmetto trees littered throughout the hike. The beach is fairly flat and walkable except for the sections of boneyard trees scattered like a maze across the sand that can be tricky to navigate at high tide. A few remaining trees still stand battling the surf and rising sea levels offering incredible photo opportunities of this super unique island! 

From the park office just a minute drive down Hwy 21 from the campground is where the rest of the trailheads start with many connecting and intersecting short trails no longer than 2.3 miles throughout the park that can be looped together for a longer hike. The Lighthouse Magnolia Forest trail offers dense, moss draped, old growth forest path leading to the palmetto groves and sandy beaches surrounding the historic lighthouse and shoreline...from there you have access to an endless beach and connecting trails winding through the maritime forest and marshes littered across the island. Each trail offers something different and you won't be disappointed. Grab a free map at the park office and have a blast exploring this low country gem!

Be sure to book a site before you go the campground gets booked very quickly during the warmer months. The weather can change quickly so bring clothing that will keep you warm and dry as nights can get chilly with the winds off the ocean.

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag/Pad
  • Cooking Gear (car camping setup)
  • Headlamp
  • Camera Gear
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Sunscreen
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Hunting Island has been a "secret" spot for years but is now pretty well found out. Nevertheless, it's a great spot anytime of year w/ the exception of deep summer. Camping in Spring and Fall is heavenly. Features several walk-in backcountry sites, great bike trails, excellent kayaking and fishing potential.

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