Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve

Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve
Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve is the perfect spot for viewing the Morris Island Lighthouse, surf fishing, beachside strolls, wildlife observation, and photography. The site also offers many diverse birding opportunities and is a regular site for organized bird walks.

The property is located at the northeastern terminus of Folly Island and adjacent to Cummings Point. Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve played a significant role in the Civil War and was also used throughout the twentieth century by the US Coast Guard, remnants of which can be seen on the property. It is also a prime viewing spot for the landmark Morris Island Lighthouse and offers captivating ocean and marsh views.

In addition to oceanfront land, Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve contains marshland and maritime forest habitats that are home to diverse species of plants and animals. Portions of the property are nesting sites for threatened loggerhead sea turtles and threatened Wilson’s Plovers. Some of the grounds are also migratory stopover areas and winter roosting sites for threatened and endangered Piping Plovers. Plans are in place for protecting these habitats.

Park Details


  • No restrooms or concessions are available at the site. 
  • Swimming is not allowed. 
  • Dogs are not allowed. 
  • Other prohibited activities include trespassing in dunes and wooded areas, the use of metal detectors, any disturbance to natural and cultural resources, camping, or hunting.
  • Park fees, operating schedules, and hours are subject to change without notice. Please lock your vehicle, and remove valuables from view. CCPRC is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen property.