Beach lovers flock to Hunting Island for opening weekend

Beautiful weather and highs in the 80s brought lots of beach goers and picnickers out to enjoy the opening weekend at Hunting Island Beach; the first weekend the park and beach has been open since last October when Hurricane Matthew came to town.

Taking a stroll from the North Beach to the South Beach you’d easily find lots of sun worshipers enjoying the water as well as plenty of soccer and football games, corn hole games and the heavy aroma of many grill-masters hard at work.

Everywhere you went, everyone seemed happy.  “It seems like forever,” said Ashley West of Beaufort as she strolled the beach on Friday. ” It’s just an incredible feeling to be here,” she added with a smile.

“This is one of our favorite places to be any time of the year,” said Brad Parrish of Port Royal, who was visiting the beach on Sunday with friends. “After the photos we’ve seen showing the devastation that happened last year, we’re blessed this weekend.”

Life is good again in the Lowcountry.

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Lots of the park is open. South Beach, North Beach, the lighthouse, the lighthouse gift shop and the lagoon are all accessible.  Most of the park trails are open for your walking or running pleasure, as are the Park Visitor Center and the Nature Center, too.

And, even better…the campground area is scheduled to open sometime later in June.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Hunting Island State Park’s staff and management, the SCPRT and scores of volunteers with Friends of Hunting Island, we can again enjoy the little slice of paradise that we have grown to love. 

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Enjoy some more photos taken this weekend at the beach and park. By ESPB

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