Hunting Island State Park is located just 16 miles east of the historic town of Beaufort and is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in South Carolina. This 5,000 acre park and it's3 miles of natural beach hosts more than a million visitors a year.It's a place where you can truly find yourself again. It's a place where humans and nature have always seem to co-exist.From Pirates to State ParkHunting Island got its name when the island was once used by the locals for hunting deer, waterfowl and raccoon. Hunting Island, as well as Beaufort, were a popular layover spot for sailors and pirates, including Blackbeard and his crew.In the 1930's, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the State Park. Hunting Island has remained very conservative with the natural environment, but that does not mean you have to rough it. There are showers and dressing rooms on the beach, a campground, rental beach cabins, marsh boardwalk, rustic nature trails, lagoon, fishing pier and a county boat landing. In the center of the park stands a historic lighthouse, the only SC lighthouse open to the public, which gives a magnificent view of the shoreline.Hunting Island is a popular nesting ground for the endangered Loggerhead turtle. The park maintains a hatchery for the study and preservation of the species. The weather is nice most of the year and the cool Atlantic breeze helps to keep the summer heat to an enjoyable level.