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    Why Hunting Island State Park?

    Once used as the hunting preserve for wealthy planters' families in South Carolina, Hunting Island was renowned for hunting parties that lasted several days. The island was also a common layover for sailors and pirates including the famous Blackbeard pirate.

    In the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps built to bridges to the island, making access available to all. At that time, Hunting Island became a state park. With only limited development, the island has remained a wild life preserve. There are over 4 miles of pristine beach, maritime forests and saltwater marshes. The lighthouse, originally built in the 18oo, destroyed during the Civil war, was rebuilt and remained in service until the 1930's. Today, although not an active lighthouse, it still has a decorative rotating light in the tower that is turned on at night.

    Hunting Island is consistently rated as one of America’s top beaches. Along with the beautiful beaches, Hunting Island also boasts of miles of hiking trails through maritime forests, a fishing pier that juts out 11,120 feet into the Fripp inlet, a marsh walk, a lagoon that allows for kayaking and fishing, a Nature Center that has live animal exhibits and interactive touch screens that show all of the natural habitats, a Visitors Center to introduce you to all of the different ecosystems in the park, and a camping area with easy access to the beach. Add to that a park and ranger staff that is friendly and knowledgeable and you have a vacation that has it all!

    The Friends of Hunting Island Special License PlateThe Hunting Island License Plate

    When you purchase a special Friend of Hunting Island plate, we will receive more than $45 of the $50 fee (for two years) for each  license plate..


    There are expenses associated with promoting the plate fund raiser, but over the years it has become a substantial revenue stream for our work at the park.

    The easily recognized plate, with artwork by local artist Nancy Ricker Rhett, provides greater visibility for the park statewide and identifies you as a "Friend of Hunting Island."

    Having this beautiful license plate displayed on your vehicle is just one more way to show you care about preserving and enhancing Hunting Island State Park for future generations. Note:  The $50 fee is an addition to your regular SC plate and tag fees.

    It is not necessary to wait until your old plate comes due for renewal. You can purchase the Hunting Island license plate today and DMV will pro-rate your cost. Proceeds come directly to Friends of Hunhttps://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVPublic/trans/RegExchange.aspx?action=E&pc=nullhttp://www.scdmvonline.com">SCDMV office will carry forms for special license plates.

    Or you may download it here: DMV Form MV-95

    Site LogoHelp us keep Hunting Island State Park a special place

    We need only two simple things to provide the services and projects you see described on this website; your participation and your tax-deductible membership fees. For one $40 membership contribution, you and your family can join our Friends organization for one year. All members are encouraged to participate in any of our on-going projects. If you do not wish to join, but want to donate to our efforts, Click here to make a tax deductible donation to FOHI.