OUR 2nd ANNUAL 5K RUN / WALK
October 9, 2010
Final Registration 8-8:45 AM/Race Begins 9:00 AM

This is our 2nd year for the 5K race in Hunting Island State Park. The course is on improved trails entirely within the park, through our shady maritime forest. The course is easy and flat with a good shell/sand surface. Age divisions are 12 and under, 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and older. Prizes for winners and tee-shirts for all. On-site registration from 8:00 am at the Nature Center near the Fripp Island bridge. Awards for winners will be presented at the Nature Center following the race.

Listed at www.active.com our 5K Race and Walk are a great way to experience our newly widened, graded, and shell surfaced trails! Winding through the maritime forest and along the lagoon, you will love this event.

For more information, contact Tom Valentino
Trails Chair 843.379.4895

To Register online Click Here

2009 crowd

Download PDF Registration Form HERE


New Trails Surfacing

Visitors to the park will find the hiking experience much more enjoyable with our trails improved surfaces and the addition of new signage. Hunting Island's trails include over seven miles divided into eight different trails of varying lengths, from 1/4 to 2 1/4 miles. Several of the trails were noticeably widened, and the sand and shell mixture improves the surface for jogging, bicycles, wheelchairs, and general use.

New, color-coded maps with brief trail descriptions are available from the Visitors Center, Nature Center and Camp Ground Store, as well as at major trailheads and the link above.

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 to include making 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 Dept. 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.

new trail surface
New Trails Surface
new trail surface


Trail Signage Installed at Hunting Island in Time for '09 National Trails Day

77 trail signposts were installed at Hunting Island State Park in time to mark the June 7th celebration of National Trails Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society. new trail signage 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 two years ago when Friends volunteers began mapping the trails using the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Tom Valentino, Trails Committee Chair
Phone: 843.379.4895