Edisto Beach State Park is one of four state parks in South Carolina located on ocean. I’m going to argue this is the best state park in South Carolina on the ocean. The park is approximately 50 miles from Charleston, SC making day trips to the Holy City very convenient. Beware coming back late at night as the two lane highway is known to be haunted with ghost 👻 and the Lizardman.
Edisto Beach State Park is nestled within a sleepy 😴 town that begs for families to come and enjoy the sun and fun. 🤩 The State park has 120 campsites 🏕 and is divided into two campgrounds. The first is located right on the beach. These sites are very close to each other; although, a short walk to beach 🏝. We stayed at the Live Oak campgrounds about a mile and half away. We loved the privacy offered to each site and there is nothing more beautiful than the sun 🌞 set over the marsh in SC. It’s magical not to mention all the hiking trails and fishing 🎣 opportunities.
At the live oak campgrounds the hiking trails are a great escape from the blistering heat. Most of the trails are short and friendly to novice and experienced hikers.
Local secret: Edisto Beach and the surrounding area offers what many believe to be the best fishing anywhere.
The mysterious 4,000 year old shellmidden along side the tidal basin – we could not find but the search was worth it!
Length: 0.3 miles
Type: Hiking and Biking Trail
Description: This trail will take you from the campground to the Scott Creek Trail.
SCOTT CREEK TRAIL
Length: 0.7 miles
Type: Hiking and Biking Trail
Description: The Scott Creek Trail takes one through the maritime forest offering views of the marsh from three boardwalks. The Scott Creek Trail connects to the Spanish Mount Trail.
SPANISH MOUNT TRAIL
Length: 1.7 miles
Type: Hiking and Biking Trail
Description: One of the earliest Native American shell mound sites in South Carolina can be found at the western terminus of the Spanish Mount Trail.
What is a Shellmidden? Signs of early settlements directly associated with villages, as a designated village dump site. Shells and bones 🦴 and other refuse.
Close by the state park are grocery stores, restaurants, water and bike rental companies to make camping as Boosie as possible. We grabbed some chicken wings at McConkey’s Jungle Shack and would recommend.
THINGS TO DO
- Take a Botany Bay Ecotour from Edisto Beach State Park!
- Fishing Information: Enjoy surf fishing or fishing in the salt marsh for flounder, whiting, spot tail and other species.
- Fishing: Yes
- Saltwater Fishing: Yes
- Boating and Boat Access: A boat ramp and courtesy dock is located on the western boundary of the park which offers guest access to Big Bay Creek.
- Boating: Yes
- Boat Ramp: Yes
- Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wi-fi is available for park guests near the office area and in the wi-fi room located adjacent to the office. The wi-fi room includes a sitting area and restroom.
- Picnic Area and Shelters: Two picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis for family or other group gatherings at no charge.
- Park Store/Gift Shop: A small retail area is located in the Ranger Station and includes tshirts, caps and limited gift items.
- Picnic Shelters: Yes
- Swimming: Swimming is permitted in the Atlantic Ocean at your own risk. There are no lifeguards on duty.
- Bird Watching: The best area for bird watching is along the trails in the park. Water fowl can also be spotted along the beach or marsh areas.
- Geocaching: Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.
- Biking: Yes
- Birding: Yes
- Interpretive Trails: A series of short, mostly level trails wind through Edisto Island’s maritime forest of live oak, hanging Spanish moss, and palmetto trees. During your walk you may see white-tailed deer, osprey, or alligators, and may even catch a glimpse of the wary bobcats.
- Hiking: Yes
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Another South Carolina treasure (Charleston area)
The Angel Oak Park is located on Johns Island where you can find what is known as “A Lowcountry Treasure”. The Southern Live Oak tree is a historical site and focal point of one of the City of Charleston’s public parks. It is considered to be the largest Live Oak Tree east of the Mississippi estimating to be 300 to 400 years old.
Money saving tip: Buy the annual national parks pass. The National Park Pass will also allow access to all the national monuments. The cost is $80. If you plan on being in any of the National Parks more than three times within a year then you will save money. The pass will sometimes allow discounts to camping in the National Forest 🌳. There’s also discounts for seniors which can be applied against camping threw out America. Other discounts apply so please read the eligibility which can save you more money. We estimate we saved over $600 in park fees. “I googled my symptoms… turned out I just need to go camping”
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Our thoughts 💭 about Edisto State Park
I called Edisto a sleepy 🥱 hamlet but let me be clear the secret 🤐 of this town is out. The beach and town can get very busy with tourism and locals alike. I still believe even in busy times one will find this state park enjoyable. Definitely place this state park on your to Do list. “Life is better by the camp fire”Amazon Launchpad Holiday Gift Guide
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