Hunting Island is South Carolinas single most popular state park, attracting more than a million human visitors a year. Also attracted to the semi-tropical barrier island is an array of wildlife, ranging from loggerhead sea turtles to painted buntings, barracudas to sea horses, alligators, pelicans, dolphins and deer, raccoons, Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes and even the rare coral snake. What they all enjoy is five miles of beach, thousands of acres of marsh, tidal creeks and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet. Amenities include a fishing pier and some of the states most desirable campsites. Adding to the natural history of the big park is a piece of man-made history: South Carolinas only publicly accessible historic lighthouse. Dating from the 1870s, the Hunting Island Lighthouse shoots 170 feet into the air, giving those who scale its heights a breathtaking view of the sweeping Lowcountry marshland and the Atlantic Ocean.
Beautiful trail that looked like a southern jungle. Easy surface with some steep ups and downs. A few sections of the trail were covered over with swamp water that I did not want to walk through so I turned back. Would do it again and would camp at Hunting Island again for sure.
If you like camping right on top of the person next to you or setting up on a gravel pit then this is the place for you. But you must call a year in advance because it fills up quickly. They do have a few primitive sites but very limited and the beach is an eroded mess.
Dale R. on Hunting Island Loop
Trail was wide with very nice coastal forest. State park maintenance removes low brush frequently to keep vistas open. Took a slow hike on this one to take in all the nature.