With a vibrant landscape rich in Native American history, Edisto Beach State Park, located on Edisto Island, is one of just four oceanfront South Carolina State Parks and makes a great place for camping near Charlseton. At 1,255 acres in size, the park showcases a massive network of trails for hiking and biking that naturally draw you through a planned nature tour of the area’s delights. Furthermore, the park’s eco-friendly environmental education center exhibits and highlights the natural geographic history of Edisto Island, as well as the surrounding ACE Basin.
If you have even a slight interest in the region, don’t skip the education center. Not only is the staff amazing, the center will teach you all about the area, utilizing interactive displays like a touch tank, as well as plenty of information on trails and attractions nearby. There’s even live sea life, which is great if you’re bringing the family along.
After you’ve fully absorbed all the knowledge you can cram in, go unwind and launch a boat into Big Bay Creek. While you’re at it, enjoy a day of fishing out on the deep blue waters of the Basin. If you’d rather fish from shore, Cast a line and enjoy some of the island’s best fishing in Scott Creek Inlet.
To finish off your night, wind down with a mellow stroll along the 1.5-mile, palmetto-lined beach, famed for its romantic sunsets and seashell spotted beaches. The next morning, spend some time on California’s longest wheelchair-accessible trail network, which is great for hiking and biking as well. Don’t forget to host a picnic and view some of the state’s tallest palmetto trees along the nearby flourishing wetlands.
While it is hard knowing they’ll miss out, pets are not allowed in the cabins or the cabin areas. However, your four legged friends are allowed in most other outdoor areas as long as they’re on-leash and behaved. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets, as well as those that might threaten or harass wildlife.
For overnight accommodations, furnished cabins sit nestled in the woods for rent, as well as campsites which can be found along the Edisto Island oceanfront or in the shaded maritime forest. Wifi is also available in select areas, as well as bathrooms, showers, and electrical hookups in most campsites. In fact, 120 sites can accommodate RVs or tents, with 115 sites offering 50 amp electrical service.
We love this campground. Great access to the beach and very close to Botnay Bay Preserve. Be ready for the mosquitos, but this is a great campground.
Only negative dump site is a mile up main road
Edisto is such a great destination. The RV sites are right on the beach– it’s amazing. From some of the sites, you can see the ocean from inside your rig. There is a short walk to get out to the beach, but that’s not bad at all. During the winter the beach is still amazing and it is a lot cheaper than staying there in the summer! The bathrooms are ok. The water there is safe to drink, but has a bit of an odor. So, if it’s possible, come with a full tank of fresh water! The sites are water/electric only too so plan accordingly.
Having visited all of the State Parks on the coast Edisto Beach State Park ranks right up there at the top. We have had the opportunity to stay at the ocean front portion and the Live Oak portion (twice). Frankly, the Live Oak is probably our favorite. While the ocean front was nice and we happen to be just across the dune from the ocean it feels more crowded. The Live Oak offers more privacy and we love the woods and shade. We pack our stuff in the car for the day and make our way to the beach for the day then head back to our private campsite at Live Oak for a nice quiet relaxing evening. Either way you can't go wrong with Edisto Beach State Park.
Our site was very close to the marsh and short trip to the town and beach. The town of Edisto beach is very quaint with many restaurants and shops. We were there in March so it wasn't too crowded or too hot. Very pleasant place to spend time. Thanks to the friendly staff.
NOTE: We stayed at the Live Oak campground so my evaluation is only for that location, not the beach campground. The sites were surrounded by vegetation and with quite a few of the sites you essentially share a site location with another site. The sites vary greatly in size and a I recommend bringing a long freshwater hose with you if you are RVing. I also recommend having your freshwater tank full before arriving for drinking purposes as the water here has a salty taste to it (the rangers inform you of that upon checkin and apparently it’s a thing across the island). The park itself was quiet and you have relative privacy (except for noted above). The bugs weren’t too bad but be aware of ticks. While staying at the Live Oak campground you are also able to access the state park’s daytime beach access for free. The beaches here are nice and sandy and the beach access form the park was less crowded in the morning than the public access areas.
NOTE: we did drive through the beach campground while at the other location and noticed a lack of shaded sites compared to the Live Oak Campground.
Very clean campground right on the beach. It’s hard to get a spot so I recommend booking months in advance! Everything is within walking distance-gas station, liquor store, bi-lo grocery store, and restaurants. We spent most of our time at Botany Bay plantation heritage preserve (WMA land) which is right down the road. A short half-mile walk leads to an amazing untouched portion of Edisto Beach. I highly recommend Edisto!
Very nice park. Camp on the beach side.
Edisto is hands-down my absolute favorite beach! My family goes multiple times a year, every year. I love the fact that Edisto is so small that you can even walk from one side of the island to the other (we bring bikes) and it is a lesser known area so less people on the beaches. There is so much wildlife to be seen between dolphins, alligators, sea turtles, and the best crabbing! They were hit pretty hard with hurricanes and are trying to reopen the park but there are a lot of non expensive rentable homes/apartments. Also if you are wanting some nightlife then Charleston is around an hour away!
My wife and I spent 3 nights here at the seaside campground, site 74. Our site was great, a little secluded by trees and quite large. Our RV is small and we had lots of room. It is only a short walk to the ocean and it was not crowded at all. The restrooms are clean and spacious. Camp personnel are friendly and helpful. Right outside the campground is a grocery store. There are places to eat and shop nearby also. We can’t wait to go back!