State reopens Hunting Island campground
After 10 long months, the public can enjoy the campground at Hunting Island State Park once again.
Last week, the S.C. Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism announced via its Facebook page that the campground is ready for visitors.
“We are happy to announce, that the Hunting Island State Park campground will reopen this Friday, August 4th,” the post said.
Since the June 2 reopening of most of Hunting Island, folks had been getting back to the park they love, but there was one thing missing.
Damage from Hurricane Matthew in October closed the beach and park for eight months and the campground even longer.
“Most of the work needed to reopen the campground was underground utility work and that was hampered by weather and all of the rains we’ve been getting,” S.C. Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism spokesperson Dawn Dawson-House said.
The campground used to have 200 campsites, but 88 were lost when Hurricane Matthew hit the Lowcountry in October. Of those remaining, 10 have no services and 92 will have both water and electricity.
The ocean side of the campground, which was hit hardest, has a completely new look: a pristine beach with a wide expanse of sand.
Friends of Hunting Island has canceled this summer’s annual Sand Sculpting Contest at North Beach.
“First, there is limited parking and no real need to get more people out and possibly have to turn people away,” FOHI spokeswoman Carol Corbin said.
“The other is that we had switched the date of it to early June when it would be cooler and it was too close to the opening to hold it. We’ll bring that back next spring.”
The following areas of Hunting Island also have reopened: South Beach, North Beach, the lighthouse, gift shop, lagoon, most park trails, visitor center, nature center and a portion of the pier.
The park asks that patrons do not venture into restricted or closed areas for their own safety.