Get Away from the Everyday: Little Hunting Island
Hunting Island State Park is the perfect get away from the everyday. No matter if you go there to camp, stay in their cabin, or visit for a day. All your cares will disappear.
I recently did just that! I spent an afternoon walking a small portion of their Little Hunting Island and it did not disappoint!
As I trekked this amazing landscape, I found myself not knowing where to look.
I was dropped off by boat from Fripp inlet and started my expedition. Immediately, I was astonished by the sand rippling over the beach and it abruptly transported me to another realm. Watching the wind and sand renewed my spirit and made me think “What else does this island have in store for me?”
I looked up from the sandy phenomenon and spotted a Loggerhead sea turtle nest. I slowly meandered over and marveled at the care that is taken to protect our state reptile. Precautions were put in place in 1978 as Loggerhead sea turtles became classified as threatened, and thus were protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Continuing my expedition, I headed north. In the distance I could see the “Boneyard”. The once mighty but now sun and wind bleached trees stand as sentinels of times long ago.
I looked around as Mother Ocean nonchalantly creeped in to reclaim what is hers.
The mighty sentinels standing in her way entertained a waltz as her waves crash into them.
I walked a little further and heard a chirping melody. As I looked up I spotted, in a lonely tree, a distinctive stick nest being tended by a mating pair of Ospreys.
I turned and spied a squadron of pelicans flying in formation like the Marine Corps Air Station pilots of nearby Beaufort.
I started walking back and was surprised even more by the setting sun over the lagoon and the maze of trees I had to traverse.
Again, Mother Ocean dazzled me as she continued her leisurely traipse inland.
Another sea turtle nest caught my eye.
Alas, my boat awaits.
Little Hunting Island was created naturally by hurricanes Matthew and Irma. The breach of the ocean caused this section to be cut off from the main island. It is accessible by the Nature Center Scenic Trail (0.7 miles) that connects with the Little Hunting Island Loop Trail (0.5 miles) or Breach Trail (0.2 miles).
This Lowcountry island’s beauty and serenity is NATURALLY AMAZING.