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Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina

Date of Stay: June, 2005 - $25.00
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We visited Hunting Island campground in June of 2005. We camped in a pop up camper at site #115. My sister and her hubby were on site 113. 113 is a VERY shaded site. We had THE most amazing time and our kids LOVED it. The campground is VERY well kept and bath houses were cleaned every morning. My only complaint was that they had no hand soap or paper towels in the bath house. I guess that's to cut down on the littering though. Just make sure you bring your own with you. Those antibacterial hand and face wipes come in really handy. The campsites are real roomy and there are some REALLY nice shaded ones too. Most have water and electric hookup. It's very quiet at night and there were always staff cleaning up around the campground. The wildlife there was AWESOME. As soon as we got there, deer and racoon came running for us to feed them. They get into EVERYTHING so be warned that you can not leave ANY trash, food or coolers outside or all your food will be gone. Many of the animals know how to open sealed bags. One night a raccoon got into bags of chips in our screened in tent over the picnic table. I looked out and he was chomping away giving me a look like "haha...what are you gonna do?". Me yelling at him to "get" didn't phase him a bit. And the DOLPHINS! They were all over in the ocean. The kids found LIVE sand dollars, hermit crabs and starfish. Loggerhead turtles come up every night and lay hundreds of eggs. You're not allowed to have lights at all on the beach at night because of them. The the volunteers and wildlife people go out every morning at 6am to dig up the eggs and relocate them. You can sign up at the welcome center of the campground to go out with the volunteers at 6am. Once relocated, they cover the nests with a special netting that the babies can get out of, but that prevents the deer and racoon from digging them up and eating them. I could go on and on about everything, but we had such a great time. The island loses approximately 15 feet of beach each year due to erosion. It's really sad because it's such a beautiful place. They leave the driftwood and anything that washes up so that it helps build up the sand dunes. If you ever want to make the trip to the low country of South Carolina, I HIGHLY recommend this place. The campground also offers cabins for those that want a taste of camping. It's real close to Beaufort, SC. Our children said they NEVER wanted to go back to Myrtle Beach again. Hunting Island will be our yearly vacation spot from now on! Hunting Island beach was never once crowded, so there was plenty of room to play, fly kites and ride bikes. Make sure you stop by the Nature Center down the road from the campground and also walk the pier. We camped at Hunting Island State Park in a Tent Trailer.