Traveling throughout the South, especially through South Carolina, offers you the opportunity to take in inland and coastal sites. One tourist site which is not to be missed, is all of the lighthouses throughout South Carolina – which are steeped in history and coastal significance.
The lighthouse in Georgetown is the furthest northern South Carolina lighthouse along the Atlantic Ocean. As you move south down the coast, you can find lighthouses in Cape Romain, Charleston, Morris Island, Huntington Island, Parris Island, Harbour Town, Haig Point, Hilton Head Island and Bloody Point. There are additional, smaller lighthouses found along the way as South Carolina is home to a total of sixteen lighthouses. The lighthouses located in Bloody Point, Hilton Head and Haig Point are referred to as Rear Range lighthouses – which refers to the position of the lighthouse at the back portion of the island or waterway.
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As far as historical significance of lighthouses in South Carolina, some are more steeped in tradition than others; though all are architecturally stimulating and significant. Six lighthouses have been designated as historical landmarks and include the lighthouses at Cape Romain, Georgetown, Hilton Head, Huntington Island, Morris Island and Patriots Point.
If you are seeking to tour or visit lighthouses in South Carolina, it is always best to check conditions and operational hours of the lighthouses individually. Each South Carolina lighthouse is operated in a different manner, with some being operational and others existing as landmarks and tourist points of interest. For those who want to tour and explore the lighthouses of South Carolina, planning your adventure will help stave off disappointment if one is closed or no longer open to the public.