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Hunting Island Campground reopens after Hurricane Matthew

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HUNTING ISLAND STATE PARK,SC (WTOC) -

$5 million - that's how much damage Hurricane Matthew caused at Hunting Island State Park. Shutting the park down for 7 months.

The park reopened to the public for the first time at the beginning of the summer. Friday, another area visitors have been waiting for to reopen is starting to see guests - the campgrounds.

Campers are steadily flowing in to reserve their campsites. Now there are some areas that aren't open to the public just yet,  but others are filled with campers who have already moved in and are ready to enjoy the park.

The North and South beaches are reopened and guests are already making their way to the shore, but there are other areas still in need of some TLC.

Park staff has been working around the clock since the hurricane, rebuilding bathroom facilities, removing trees and clearing those campsites. Matthew destroyed about 90 of the 200 campsites here and some of the damage is irreparable.

"We won't be able, if you look towards the ocean side, there's no dune system left anymore," said Daniel Gambrell, Park Manager, Hunting Island State Park. "That front section was completely wiped out so we don't have any plans to rebuild the sites up there."

Because people have been waiting almost a year to enjoy the campsites, most of the reservations are already gone. But if you want to find out how you can steal a last minute spot, head to their website here.

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