Outdoor

Marie McAden

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Hunting Island State Park among Top Beaches in U.S.

Posted 3/6/2013 10:35:00 AM

Hunting Island — South Carolina’s most visited state park — has a new title to add to its credentials. TripAdvisor has named it to its list of Top 25 Beaches in the U.S.

Based on reviews by TripAdvisor users, Hunting Island was ranked 14th in a roll that includes such A-list destinations as Ka’anapali Beach in Lahaina, Hawaii, La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, Calif., and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Honolulu.

In addition to its five miles of pristine beaches, Hunting Island features thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and an ocean inlet. Add to that the only publicly accessible lighthouse in the state.

More than a million visitors a year are lured to the 5,000-acre park, once a hunting preserve for 19th and early 20th century planters.

In the winter, the park offers a quiet coastal retreat to de-stress and re-energize. When the weather warms up, it’s an oceanfront playground where you can enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and camping.

Admission to the park is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6-15 and free for children 5 and younger. To learn more about Hunting Island State Park, call (843) 838-2011 or click here.