Most of Hunting Island park and beaches remain closed due to flooding

huntingislandbarricaded2Many locals and visitors wanted to hit the beach at Hunting Island for the Labor Day holiday weekend but ended up disappointed when they got there.

The majority of the State Park closed on Monday, August 28th due to flooding from a large amount of rainfall in the Beaufort area.

As of Labor Day weekend, only the Nature Center and Campground are open. The lighthouse, north and south beaches, picnic areas and the nature/walking trails are all still closed to the public.

Hunting Island State Park’s website displays a simple message. “Due to recent rains and flooding, the North and South Beach areas of Hunting Island are currently closed. The campground and Nature Center remain open. For more information, please contact the park directly at 843-838-2011.”

In a call to the park office over the weekend, we were told that no additional information is available and there is no known date for reopening the various parts of the park and beaches.

It’s been rough going for the park since Hurricane Matthew had his way with her in early October of last year. Work to clean up continued through the winter and spring with a huge effort to clear the beach, remove trees, rebuild buildings and clear the land. The park finally reopened in early June, then the campground followed with its reopening just last month.

Flood waters have been a frequent problem in the park all summer long.

A renourishment project is expected to take place this winter with 1.2 million cubic yards of sand being pumped onto the existing coastline.

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Labor Day is always a fun time with family and friends at Hunting Island. Hopefully she’ll be back open soon.

 

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