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Hunting Island Loop is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saint Helena Island, South Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.5 mi Elevation gain 75 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Muddy

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Jess Howe
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We didn’t find the trail that heads north and back from the lighthouse parking lot so we didn’t do that section. We did magnolia trail down and back, hit the park entrance road to the visitors center. Once you see the trail map, the maritime trail is to your right. Yet, that trail was under water for some parts. We were able to get through. The rest of maritime is very nice. Sandy, wider, and less bugs. Avoid the rattlesnake trail like we did to stay away from flooded trails and bugs. We took the maritime trail then turned left and went to the gorgeous little hunting island. We didn’t run last it was beautiful and we wanted to check it out. We ran back on the lagoon trail then took the park roads back to the north beach parking lot. I recommend bug spray and sunscreen.

L Jaouiche
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The Maritime Trail had early portion flooded and impassable. Beautiful otherwise.

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Lance De Loach
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Hiking

I grew up not too far from here and love visiting Hunting Island. The beach area is very secluded and quiet. It is a beautiful place to visit even if just for the day.

Michael Greenwald
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Hiking

Also, we came upon a raccoon nest just off one of the trails. If your dog is acting like there is prey nearby that may be what is exciting them!

Patrick Vallentine
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HikingFlooded

Did this trail on a rainy day. Nice when its dry.

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frank meneghini
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awesome trail. rode my bike there every day while camping on the island.

Ingrid Sell-Boccelli
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Running

Did part of this route - hard to tell from this map whether it includes the beach or there is trail beside it - I ran down the beach but then could not find the Lighthouse Magnolia Connector trail so ended up running on the park road to the Magnolia Trail back to the campground, which was well marked and lovely. This would be 5 stars if better marked, but the park suffered a lot of hurricane damage. The beach is full of downed trees which are eerie and beautifully sculptural. Low tide sand is packed and very easily runnable

Matthew Hernandez
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Pretty cool trail. Took my camera and got some nice pictures. Saw deer and birds

Donnie Rabon
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The trails were great for biking and there are also some challenging trails, if you choose to take them. The trails were very quiet with little traffic at the time I rode them. The mosquitoes could be annoying if you stopped for long on the woodland trails, but they weren’t so bad that I had to use bug spray. The beach was beautiful and there were lots of deer tracks everywhere. I did see a racoon with three pups at the lagoon.

Marty Epp-Carter
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Hiking

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.

Hilton Simpson
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Hiking

It's an all right beach nothing really super exciting as far as the trail. Mostly flat and a lot of foliage. Not a lot of wildlife we did see deer on the side of the road as we left in the evening.

Bryant Schneider
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Mountain biking

Nice well maintained coastal trail.

Alfredo Hogfat
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Hiking

Not much going on here, but it was a nice trail to hike with some decent photo opportunities.

R Griecko
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Hiking

Decent trail. Not too much to see but a good stroll through the woods.

Dale R.
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Hiking

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.

Matt Davis
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Dana Hipp
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Bill Seamans
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Rebecca Craigo
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Hannah Moyer
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Charles Benton
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Trey Amick
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Tammy Freeman
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John Kundtz
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William sanchez
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Yago Colas
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Erin Duvall
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Kimberly Trott
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