Family Travel 2011

Megan Sexton



Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse

Posted 5/10/2010 9:08:00 PM
If your vacation includes Beaufort, take a trip over to nearby Hunting Island State Park and climb to the top of the lighthouse.

It’s the only publicly accessible historic lighthouse in South Carolina. It’s 132 feet above the ground and you can climb the 167-step spiral staircase for a great view of the Lowcountry marshes and the ocean. The lighthouse is made entirely of wrought and cast iron plates.

The first lighthouse, originally built in 1859, was destroyed by the confederates during the Civil War to prevent the Union from using it for navigation. It was rebuilt and placed back into service in 1875 and was deactivated in June of 1933.

The lighthouse is open daily from 10 a.m., with the last climb is at 4:45 p.m.. Admission fee is $2 (in addition to the state park admission fee). Kids must be at least 44 inches tall to enter (no babies or toddlers allowed). For more information, see