"The Invisible Lighthouse Oil House" Parris Island Off The Beaten Path Tip by grandmaR

Parris Island Off The Beaten Path: 1 reviews and 5 photos

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  • Signal Tower - Parris Island
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      Water tower
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  • river and marshland - Parris Island
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  • Leaving the base - Parris Island
      Leaving the base
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We convoyed down to where our grandson thought there might be a lighthouse, but it was an observation tower for the firing range. He had just 5 minutes to get back to his unit so we continued on without them.

The Beaufort front and rear range lights are long gone, but the oil house is still there on the base and the marines spent $50K restoring it so we thought we might be able to find it. I had the coordinates in the GPS. It took us down past the golf course and then the GPS suddenly pointed at a 90 degree angle to the left and said "Start off road navigation"....Nothing there but dense forest.

We drove on a little bit and found an unpaved track that went back at an acute angle toward the area where the off road navigation had started so we bounced along through the mud puddles. We found a clearing with some buildings and vehicles but nothing on the other side. We kept on going and found a road which had some deer standing there watching us. Eventually we ended up at an abandoned airstrip.

Our son said that he thought they supplied the materials for our grandson's
barracks (which are new) because they dropped materials at the air strip for some building. In any case we did not know if we could get out somewhere on the edge of the airstrip (we could have), so we went back the way we had come. We were leaving the base about 1500

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  • Written Oct 2, 2011
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