Half of the campground at Hunting Island State Park will not be rebuilt

An aerial image of damage done at the Hunting Island State Park campground. (Source: NOAA)

Almost half of the storied campground at Hunting Island State Park will not reopen after suffering irreparable damage during Hurricane Matthew’s trek up the South Carolina coast last October.

The 88 sites closest to the ocean will not be rebuilt.

“Since we lost most of the park’s dune system, it’s not practical to put sites in such an exposed area, South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism spokeswoman Dawn Dawson-House said. “The comfort stations located in that area were also damaged in the hurricane and will not be rebuilt.”

 

An aerial image of damage done at the Hunting Island State Park campground. (Source: NOAA)

That leaves the 100 campsites near the back of the park. That part of the campground is expected to reopen before the end of June. Each of those sites have improved electrical and water service.

Just this week, severe flooding led to the state’s decision to delay the reopening of Hunting Island State Park another week.

One of the state’s other coastal campgrounds is also being repaired.

The beach campground at Edisto Beach State Park also suffered severe damage. Dawson-House says they have actually been able to save that portion of the park and plan to reopen it sometime in the fall.

An image taken in October 2016 shows just how far sand and water pushed into the Beach Campground at Edisto Beach State Park. (Source: NOAA)

See more aerial images of damage at Hunting Island State Park and Edisto Beach State Park here.

Sites in the Live Oak Campground at Edisto Beach State Park, which suffered less damage, are currently open.