What You Need to Know about Hunting Island Beach

Nature lovers will be struck by the ethereal essence of South Carolina’s most popular state park. Hunting Island Beach offers a serene atmosphere for all who wish to visit. You can try your hand at saltwater fishing, hike along the coast, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views. The marshland is bustling with marine wildlife and there is even an old, historic lighthouse that visitors are encouraged to climb. Whatever brings you to Beaufort, the tranquility of this oceanfront park just might keep you around.

Hunting Island Beach is but one of the amazing attractions our region has to offer. Located between two of the most frequently-visited cities in the South, Cuthbert House Inn is your best option when staying in Beaufort. When you arrive, be sure to ask us about free passes to the park. We have a limited supply that we are more than happy to share with guests! If you need extra help planning, request a copy of our free Vacation Guide. You will find plenty of ideas for what to see, where to go, and what to eat during your stay with us.

Our Favorite Things to Do at Hunting Island Beach

Go Fishing

Hunting Island beach is one of many incredible attractions you’ll find in Beaufort. If you enjoy fishing, you’ll find plenty of spots to cast your line at this Hunting Island Park. You can wade out into the ocean for some surf fishing, try your luck at Johnson Creek, or attempt a big catch at the nearby lagoon. The Nature Center loans out rods and reels and you can purchase bait and other gear at the park store.

Visit the Lighthouse

The Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only lighthouse in South Carolina that is accessible to the public. The observation deck is a 167-step climb and will leave you in awe of the beach’s lovely landscape. This historic structure has been around since 1859 and was rebuilt and relocated on different occasions. Children are required to reach a minimum height of 44” to climb, so be sure to take some measurements before bringing the kids along.

Enjoy a Hike

You’ll find many enticing trails throughout Hunting Island Beach that lead you along the coastline and around the marsh. Plus, a majority of the trails are considered an easy difficulty level. Get acquainted with local flora and fauna while strolling through different areas of the park. You can even bring your favorite four-legged companion along; many of the trails allow pets. (Cuthbert House Inn is also dog-friendly!)

Learn About the Region

Many guests enjoy learning about different aspects of the park from local experts. There are educational programs and guided tours offered throughout the year. The Nature Center welcomes you to view their live reptile exhibits and learn more about the beach’s natural resources. In addition to tours and the Nature Center, the park’s visitor center houses a small museum that sheds light on the lighthouse’s history.

Let Us Be Your Home Away from Home

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Make a stay at the Cuthbert House Inn the highlight of your vacation! Hunting Island Beach is just a short drive away from the inn. We also have packages if you want to spice up a romantic getaway or enhance your history-filled itinerary.

Consider booking your stay in the Eastlake Suite. Notable amenities that set this room apart include 18th-century moldings, a traditional parlor, and a historic black marble mantel. If it weren’t for all the modern conveniences, you’d feel as though you stepped out of a time machine into the mid-1800s. We promise to offer the sweetest Southern hospitality at our gorgeous house. We look forward to having you!