Hunting Island Trail

Cedar Reef Villas, South Carolina

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Hunting Island is located a short distance from the popular tourist destination of Hilton Head Island, and is managed as a 5000-acre nature preserve run by South Carolina State Parks. A nineteenth-century lighthouse is on the northern side of the island, with excellent views of both the park and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Game hunters named the island and used the maritime forest to track deer, raccoon, birds, and other small game that thrive in the varied habitats of the park. Today, Hunting Island is off-limits to hunters and is a protected preserve where hikers, mountain bikers, and fishermen can enjoy the maritime forests, sandy beaches, and saltwater marshes of the park. There are four separate trails here, and most are a mile or less in length, except for the Island Trail, a 6-mile loop that hugs the southern end of Hunting Island.

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"Hunting Island is located a short distance from the popular tourist destination of Hilton Head Island, and is managed as a 5000-acre nature preserve run by South Carolina State Parks. A nineteenth-century lighthouse is on the northern side of the island, with excellent views of both the park and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Game hunters named the island and used the maritime forest to track deer, raccoon, birds, and other small game that thrive in the varied habitats of the park. Today, Hunting Island is off-limits to hunters and is a protected preserve where hikers, mountain bikers, and fishermen can enjoy the maritime forests, sandy beaches, and saltwater marshes of the park. There are four separate trails here, and most are a mile or less in length, except for the Island Trail, a 6-mile loop that hugs the southern end of Hunting Island."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cedar Reef Villas
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 10 feet
Local Contacts: Hunting Island State Park
Local Maps: USGS Fripp Inlet
Driving Directions: Directions to Hunting Island Trail

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May 2018