Hunting Island Lighthouse – Beaufort County, South Carolina

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Hunting Island in Beaufort County received its name because it was once used for hunting deer, raccoon and waterfowl. The lighthouse keepers and their families likely enjoyed the abundance of wild game, but they also raised hogs, chickens, and turkeys and tended a garden as well.

Hunting Island Lighthouse SC

Michael Enloe of Aiken, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The original Hunting Island lighthouse was built in 1859 but was destroyed in the Civil War. It was rebuilt in 1875 and remained active until 1933.

Hunting Island Lighthouse Staircase

Margaret M. Emery of Atlanta, Georgia, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Currently, the Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only historic lighthouse in South Carolina that allows visitors to climb to the top. Within the lighthouse are 167 steps that take visitors to a breathtaking view of the island 132 feet in the air.

Hunting Island Lighthouse

Mike Scott of Camden, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Unfortunately, the Atlantic Ocean washes away several feet of shoreline each year. Today, the tower stands 400 feet from the high water mark. If erosion continues at its present rate, the lighthouse might need to be moved further inland soon.

Hunting Island Lighthouse Info

Address: North Beach Road, Hunting Island, SC 29920

Hunting Island Lighthouse Map

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The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Hunting Island Lighthouse, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

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One Comment about Hunting Island Lighthouse

Maureen BergenNo Gravatar says:
August 24th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

There’s a light burning on the top of the lighthouse! When was this added?


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