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Current Ferry Schedule
Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays
9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Adults $45/Kids 12 & under $25


 

Take the ferry from Hunting Island State Park to St. Phillips Island!

Departing from the Hunting Island State Park Nature Center, the boat tour to St. Phillips Island is a naturalist-led ecotour along the Story River to the St. Phillips Island dock. Once we reach the island, a park ranger will welcome everyone to the island before boarding the tram to the beach.

You’ll have time to beach comb, hike interior trails or simply relax on the beach with  a picnic.  After your ramblings on this pristine barrier island, the tram will take you back to the dock for the return trip to the mainland.

For nearly 40 years, St. Phillips Island was a beach retreat for conservationist Ted Turner and his family.  During that time, trails were thoughtfully carved through the maritime forest and habitats for species like fox squirrels, loggerhead sea turtles and indigo snakes were restored. With ancients dunes and a mature forest dominated by Spanish moss-draped live oaks, Southern magnolia and saw palmetto, St. Phillips Island is a nature lover’s paradise, providing critical habitat for alligators, sea turtles, bobcats and a myriad of seasonal and resident bird species, including bald eagles, roseate spoonbills and painted buntings. In 2017, Hunting Island State Park acquired St. Phillips Island.



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Things to Know

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY
Currently, we are running the ferry at 50% capacity to ensure good social distancing while on board. Please bring a face mask for boarding and while you are on the boat.

ARRIVE EARLY
The St. Phillips Ferry departs as scheduled and will not wait for late arrivals.  Arrive 15-30 minutes early and meet at the Hunting Island State Park Nature Center for registration.

WHAT TO WEAR
St. Phillips Island is a remote barrier island, so dress for hiking.  Dress in layers and wear a hat for sun protection.  Once you get to the beach, you can ditch your shoes and dip your toes in the Atlantic, but you’ll want closed-toe walking shoes while you are hiking the roads and trails of the island.

WHAT TO BRING
Small backpack with plenty of drinking water, lunch, sunblock, insect repellent.  Don’t bring anything that is difficult to carry or that takes up excess space.

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Once you reach the island, you’ll board a tram and ride 3.5 miles to the beach.  From there, you can explore the shoreline or head into the interior island trails.  You’ll need to be able to walk 1/4 mile from the tram to the seashore. The captain and mate can help you plan a route that fits your expectations and time on the island.

PARK ADMISSION
Admission to Hunting Island State Park is not included in your tour price. Please check their website for current rates.

NEED TO CANCEL?
There is a 48-hour cancellation policy.  If you need to cancel or reschedule, please call (843) 884-7684.

 

St. Phillips Island and Hunting Island are part of the South Carolina State Park Service. Read more here

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