Hunting Island campground still closed, reservations cancelled

The Hunting Island Campground may be reopened by August 4th.  ESPB photo

The Hunting Island Campground may be reopened by August 4th. ESPB photo

With the June 2nd limited reopening of most of Hunting Island State Park folks have been getting back to the beach and the park they love…but there’s still one thing missing.

The campground remains closed.

“There’s still a ways to go to reopen the camping sites,” according to Dawn Dawson-House, SC Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism Communications Director. “Most of the work needed to reopen the campground is underground utility work and that has been hampered by weather and all of the rains we’ve been getting.”

Originally thought to be open in the beginning of July, the new date stands at August 4th.

But that’s net even definite.

A cancellation email being sent to folks with reservations states, “we are working hard to open the camping area by 8/4/2017, but honestly, at this time, we cannot guarantee we can make this date either.”

The campground used to have 200 camp sites, but 88 were lost. Of those remaining, 10 have no services, and 92 will have both water and electricity, The ocean side of the campground, which was hardest hit, has a completely new look: a pristine tropical beach with a wide expanse of sand. Before the hurricane, you couldn’t see the ocean from the campground store because of the dunes, but with the dunes gone, there is now a very nice view of the ocean.

Also, Friends of Hunting Island has cancelled this summer’s annual Sand Sculpting Contest at North Beach. “first, there is limited parking and no real need to get more people out and possibly have to turn people away,” said FOHI spokeswoman Carol Corbin. “The other is that we had switched the date of it to early June when it would be cooler and it was too close to the opening to hold it. We’ll bring that back next spring.”

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The following areas of Hunting Island have reopened: South Beach, North Beach, Lighthouse Lighthouse Gift Shop, the Lagoon, most park trails, Park Visitor Center, Nature Center and a portion of the pier.   The park asks that you do not venture into restricted or closed areas for your own safety.  Click here for more information.

Hunting Island campground before Hurricane Matthew.  Photo courtesy Rex Vogel

Hunting Island campground before Hurricane Matthew. Photo courtesy Rex Vogel

 

 

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