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Hunting Island opens 25 new reservable picnic and parking spots

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The new spots each have parking for one car, a charcoal grill, a picnic table and an amazing view of the ocean. Photo courtesy HISP

Do you love grilling, picnicking and enjoying the beach with family and friends? If so, you’ll love the new additions to Hunting Island.

Last week, the State Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism announced the addition of 25 new reservable beach parking/picnic spaces at Hunting Island State Park. The new spots are located adjacent to the campground with a fantastic view of the beach.

The new spaces include parking for one vehicle for the entire day (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.), a charcoal grill and a picnic table, with restroom facilities located nearby.

Day trippers can come and go from their reserved spot as they please. 

Prices for these spaces range from $30-$60/day and include admission for everyone in your vehicle.

hunting island picnicThe spots began reserving last Friday, May 11th for dates beginning Friday, May 25th forward.

After hurricane Matthew and TS Irma came through Beaufort, much of Hunting Island was devastated and the shape of the park changed.

The area where the new parking/picnic spots are located was originally part of the campground. The rising ocean that overtook the park during these storms washed out a large swath of the maritime forest at the campground and brought the Atlantic right to its doorstep. Before Matthew, 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.

When the campground reopened earlier in 2018 it had an all-new look including 100 tent and RV sites with upgraded electrical hookups; it lost 88 sites from the storms.

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Without these changes by Mother Nature, these new spots would not have been possible.

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The area where the new parking/picnic spots are located was originally part of the campground. ESPB photo

To reserve one of these new spots, you can visit this link.

Read more about Hurricane Matthew and Hunting Island.

Read more about the reopening of the Hunting Island Campground.