Helena Hunting Island State Park

The Hunting Island State Park is located in South Carolina, USA, 16 miles (26 km) east of the town of Beaufort. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the 5,000-acre State Park in the 1930s. It features a 3-mile natural beach, a campground, nature trails, lagoon, fishing pier, a visitor center and a boat landing.


In the middle of the island is the historic lighthouse, which is the only publicly accessible lighthouse in South Carolina. With 167 steps leading to an observation desk at the top, the lighthouse offers a view of the beach, ocean and marshland. The original structure was built in 1859 with interchangeable cast iron sections, and rebuilt in 1875 after it was destroyed during the Civil War. In 1889, it was relocated 1.3 miles (2.1 km) inland due to severe beach erosion.