There are over eight miles of hiking/biking trails in Hunting Island State Park. Most of them are easy walks/rides along the lagoon or out into the marsh. There is an intermediate trail that goes through the maritime forest and one that is a bit more difficult - the Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail. (approximately 2.25 miles long) which has surprisingly steep hills for the area.
Other than the Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail., which has been left in its natural state, all of the trails have been paved with a mixture of compacted crushed shell and sand to make the trails accessible to all.
The cost of resurfacing the trails was covered by a grant of $111,000 awarded to Friends by Beaufort County Council for the improvement of the park's trail system,certain trails compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A request by the park for a matching Federal grant of $100,000 was approved by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT). The grant garnered final approval in the fall of 2008, and the trails expansion took less than one year to complete. The timing was perfect for our First Annual 5K Walk/Run event at the 150th Lighthouse Celebration October 2009.
These improvements were augmented by the installation of trail signposts in time to mark the June 7th celebration of National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society. Spearheaded by the Friends of Hunting Island State Park, the project included color-coded signage indicating the names of the trails, arrows for directions and mileage points along the way. With names like Scenic Overlook, Diamondback and Lighthouse, the wooded and waterside trails allow visitors access to a rare Maritime forest and beach where wildlife and semi-tropical plants abound. The signage project began in 2007 ago when Friends volunteers began mapping the trails using the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Color coded trail maps are available at the Nature Center, the Visitors Center, The store at the campground and on-line here.
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