HUNTING ISLAND STATE PARK
Hunting Island is South Carolina’s single most popular state park attracting more than a million visitors a year, as well as a vast array of land and marine wildlife. A picturesque Hunting Island Beach, palm trees and thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet are all part of the park’s natural allure that keep locals and vistors alike coming back all throughout the year.
Climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse and take in a breathtaking view of the Atlanic Ocean. Dolphins can often be seen frolicking right off shore and pelicans can be spotted dive bombing for their next meal. Hunting Island is not your typical beach. This natural beauty is a must see when visiting the area. For tons of photos of Hunting Island Beach, Lighthouse, and State Park, visit our Facebook page.
THE SANDS BEACH
This local favorite is located in the town of Port Royal on the Beaufort River and offers easy access from all points in Beaufort. Comb the beach for sharks teeth, stroll along the boardwalk, climb to the top of the observation tower, sunbathe, fish, go crabbing, swimming, or launch your boat from the boat ramp. The possibilites are endless when you visit “The Sands.” Pack a picnic and spend the day with the locals. It’s where they go.
LAND’S END BEACH
This little swath of quiet, out of the way beach is a favorite among the locals. Located several miles down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on St. Helena Island adjacent to historic Fort Fremont you may (or may not) find Land’s End Beach. A great spot to swim, fish or gather in the Beaufort sun, it’s a quiet spot only accessible by one road, or by climbing down a rock embankment leading from the grounds of the Fort.
Any given day will bring you a few locals, a few surf fisherman and a few out-of-towners who were lucky enough to stumble upon it. It always brings plenty of peace.
EDISTO BEACH STATE PARK
A short ride up the highway, north of Beaufort you’ll enjoy Edisto Beach on Edisto Island. Edisto is similar to Hunting Island with its non-commercialized, natural allure. Edisto Beach State Park features trails for hiking and biking that provide a wonderful tour of the park. The park’s environmental education center is a green building with exhibits that highlight the natural history of Edisto Island and the surrounding ACE Basin. Edisto is also very rich in Native American history.
For overnight accommodations, furnished cabins sit nestled in the woods, and campsites can be found along the Edisto Island oceanfront or in the shaded maritime forest.