Hunting Island campground to reopen this Friday

The Hunting Island Campground officially reopens on Friday, August 4th.  ESPB photo

Finally. After ten long months campers can enjoy the campground at Hunting Island State Park once again. On Tuesday, the Parks Department announced via its Facebook page that the campground is ready for visitors.  “We are happy to announce, that the Hunting Island State Park campground will reopen this Friday, August 4th,” the post said.

We’ve been waiting for this. Hunting Island will now start to feel whole again.

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 was always still one thing missing. Hurricane Matthew did his best to spoil the fun when he visited Hunting Island last October; closing the beach and park for 8 months and the campground even longer.

“Most of the work needed to reopen the campground was underground utility work and that was hampered by weather and all of the rains we’ve been getting,” said Dawn Dawson-House, SC Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism Communications Director. 

Originally thought to be open in the beginning of July, the new date was set for August 4th, but that wasn’t even definite until Tuesday’s announcement.

There’s even better news. The posting also said that there are some sites available for this weekend. If you’re interested, you can reserve online, by calling 1-866-345-7275 or by contacting the park itself at 843-838-2011.

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.

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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.”

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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