Hunting Island State Park is a wonderful campsite by the ocean.

After moving from the ‘Land of a 1,000 Lakes’ it would seem that the last thing we would be drawn to is more water. The allure that the ocean offers can be both calming and staggering at the same time, especially if you’re camping by the ocean.

Once Silke and I had found these campsites that sit right off from the ocean, we knew camping at Hunting Island State Park was going to hit our bucket list before too long. Well, it only took a couple of week to make our way there.

South Carolina has over

47 state parks to choose from.

Check out our short video on YouTube to get a better feel for this beautiful state park: Camping At The Beach At Hunting Island State Park.  Please use #findyourpark if you share our article or video.

Hunting Island State Park is located in the lower half of the state at the end of Highway 21. With over 170 camp sites to pick from you still need to book your stay in advance to guarantee a reservation. The website that the state parks are run on offers a calendar that shows availability and locations within each park area. Call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or visit South Carolina State Parks to learn more.

Hunting Island State Park

We already scouted out the area ahead of time and knew where we wanted to be in the park. It became just a matter of finding availability for our selected camp sites.

A minimum of two nights is required when camping at the beach.

With a little bit of wiggle room we got in to our ‘perfect camp site’. Once I had our reservations made I could hear the waves crashing on the beach and could almost smell the campfire smoke. It was still over a week before we were going and to say I was a little excited would have been a major understatement.

I’m a camping gadget kind of guy.

If there’s a piece of equipment or device that can enhance or somehow make the whole experience more enjoyable it has to be checked out. On the other side of the coin I’m also a minimalist. The whole point in going camping is to ‘get away from it all’, so why would anyone want to bring it with them?

This camping trip was kept simple and nothing new was purchased for it. Armed with only our Coleman tent and cooking supplies we ventured off into the wilderness for some camping at the ocean.

Making camp at Hunting Island State Park

Strength in numbers when camping at the beach.

There is a certain amount of camaraderie that takes place while camping. You’ve basically created your own little living space in a designated area and you’re suddenly surrounded by complete strangers and unknown wilderness.

Enjoying our SC campsite

After setting up the tent and getting a fire started we were given more kindling and extra fire wood by our neighboring campers than we could have ever imagined bringing with for two days. You’re supposed to buy your fire wood and not bring any outside logs with you to the camp site.

Our can opener went missing on the second day. The cartoon of the guy stranded on an island surrounded by canned food while slowly starving to death came to mind, but we were surrounded by a group of people that were more then willing to lend us theirs. Caring is truly sharing!

Serenity While Camping At The Beach!

The beach went beyond our field of view and you really got a sense of how remote it really felt once night came. A beautiful sunset was soon followed by the biggest celestial view one could ever imagine.

It was such an incredible view that we got lost star gazing for awhile. With our new stash of wood from the kindness of strangers, we finished the evening with sitting around the bonfire. Listening to the ocean while you fall asleep is probably the most relaxing thing I can think of next to a gentle rain.

Relaxing at Hunting Island State Park

Beach combing for two days, swimming in the ocean and star gazing at night flew by a lot faster than anyone could imagine. We were ready to go home and make plans for the next time we would be able to come back and visit.

Early October was the right time of the year for camping in South Carolina, we will have to definitely keep this in mind for future visit to Huntington Beach.

Nick and Silke with Lily at Hunting Island Beach

Visiting all 47 state parks in South Carolina

seems like a pretty tall order,

I’m not saying that we’re not going to try, but I’m pretty sure it’s a distant pipe dream at best. Our visit to the Hunting Island State Park was one of the most memorable camping trips we’ve taken in a long time.

We love camping at the beach!

Have you been camping at Hunting Island State Park? Leave us a comment below, we would love to hear from you.

16 thoughts on “Camping At Hunting Island State Park In South Carolina”
    1. Hi Justin, we totally agree. This state park is one of our favorites. We love to spend time here, especially in the fall, after the kids go back to school. It is so relaxing and beautiful!

  1. Ya! You are absolutely right but I am always thinking about baby. Babies cannot be trusted to act appropriately in a wilderness environment; therefore you must keep them contained at all times. A favorite corral for me is an old playpen that will give baby the benefit of sunshine and fresh air. By the way, your camping set is awesome! It features a cool tent and some wonderful tools.

    1. Hi Joe, thank you for stopping by and leaving us a comment. Yes, bringing an old playpen while camping is a great idea to keep your little one safe. This way everyone can enjoy the great outdoors.

  2. Alastar,
    We saw a deer and an alligator. Wildlife galore! Your memories of this place must be very vivid. It would have been the perfect escape place for young imaginations to run wild.
    We take turns reading stories out of your book every night and we’re enjoying it immensely.

    1. My good friend you are one perceptive fellow. It was indeed a magical place. One more memory was walking way out a slender sand bar to fish, get lost in time – you know, what young teenage boys reflect about. On finally turning around the tide had come in good around me and bro what walk back though nearly chest high water!

      Thank you both so, so much for contributing to the cause and i am thrilled y’all are enjoying it. Till later my friends.

  3. Nick and Silke! Hi you guys. So glad to see you’ve discovered my secret away from the heavy duty crowds beach lol. Being going there since a lad. You should have seen the place in the early 70s, oh my gosh but was it wild. You could be on that beach all day and not see a soul. Still love it though and the folks who do go there are great. Looks like you’ve both are doing great in your new home and I’m mighty happy for you! Take care my friends…..till next time

    1. Alastar,

      Thanks for stopping by. I can only imagine what it might have looked like even 20 years ago. Hopefully it can maintain it’s natural wonder. We’re hooked to go back.

      1. Hey Nick. Somehow I missed the video earlier but man is it great to see and hear you guys. Your a lucky lad my friend! I’ll be coming by your site as a regular from now on and be careful in the Hunting Island waters…caught a three foot shark in the surf as a boy lol! Man those were the days.

        1. Alastar,

          That’s funny you mention the shark. Their was a guy fishing that had to show us the one he caught. He kept it a little farther inland in a separate body of water. At only three feet it still looked formidable.

          You’ve been busy since we spoke on HubPages. I found your book. Very cool. We’re going to download it on Silke’s Kindle tonight.

          1. Here’s another secret about Hunting Isle although the Park people will deny it and they may no longer be there. As that young boy I followed a canal deep into the brush one day. One could walk on the edge of the canal as it was about a dozen feet or so from the thickets. First came right up on a small herd of deer, then a baby alligator in the water, and then! unmistakable bear tracks going from the brush down to the canal and back!

            You guys are awesome for supporting the book and its worthy cause, thank you both a hundred times.:)

  4. I also forgot to mention to make sure you have your food put away at night. There were five raccoon fighting over Lily’s dog food that was left out. We were easily within five feet of them but that didn’t seem to bother them at all.

  5. We forgot to mention this in the article. If anyone is interested we stayed in the camping site# 38 which is just a few steps away from the beach entrance. Restrooms, showers and the park store are all within easy reach as well.

    This was truly a beautiful and very clean camp site and the beach is absolutely gorgeous.

    We hope you will plan a trip to Hunting Island State Park if you’re ever in the area.


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