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. 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.
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!
There are two different campgrounds that are part of Edisto State Park - Live Oak and Beach. We like them both! The Live Oak Campground is a short drive away from the beach. However, it is on the marsh with incredible views and live oaks. There are also biking/hiking trails to explore.
The Beach Campground will forever spoil your beach camping. There is a marsh on the back side of the campground and the beach on the front side. It's amazing to be sitting outside of the RV listening tot he waves. The bath houses are always clean, but they are a little dated.
There is a grocery store directly across from the Beach Campground and a few good restaurants and bars to explore nearby. Botany Bay is a super cool spot to check out as well!
One tip - the water is very very salty. Come prepared with water in your tank or bottled water. Also, don't let any of the Edisto water get into your holding tank if you can help it - we did and it took a little bit to flush it out!
Also, in June and July they check the turtle nest that have already hatched to see how the nest did. We didn't get to see any turtles that were in there still, but some people do! It's worth checking to see what programming they have going on.
We have stayed in several sites:
111 - shady spot not too far from the bath house which was nice. The spots across from this site have a better view of the marsh, but you can still see it through their camp sites. This site is kinda on a corner so it is a little busier.
119 - a nice shady spot that is more private than 111. A little further walk to the bath house, but still not bad. The sites across from these (116-122) have a little better view
47 - this spot doesn't have much shade, but you can catch a glimpse of the ocean from inside your RV! How awesome is that?? Really close the bath house as well as the beach access. Great spot!
46 - this site is right across from the other site we were in. We were excited to be able to book this one! Still close to the beach access and the bath house, but it backs up to the marsh for awesome sunset views!
23 - not much shade in this part of the campground, but it seems to often have a better breeze! You can see the sand dunes from here as well. A little further walk to the beach access and bath house, but still awesome. You can't go wrong here!
33 - kinda the same as above. A little further to the bath house and beach access than 46/47 but still closer than 23. Not as much privacy in this part of the campground (the inner circle), but you are able to sit outside the RV and listen to waves. Seriously can't go wrong here!
ThisCampground is by far our favorite. We had a nice level back in sight with some shade from palm trees. This site had a marsh in the background and was steps from the beach. This campground has two loops. We have only stayed in the beach loop. If you stay in the Live Oak Loop it would be a drive to the beach. It is not a walkable distance. Our site was Sandy but packed down and easy to park and back into.We had hook ups for electric and water but had to stop at the dump station down the road for sewer. The water is potable but salty so they recommend a filter or bringing drinking water. We ended up bringing our own drinking water because it was salty even with the water filter. They do sell firewood at the campground for seven dollars a bundle and we got ours for about five dollars a bundle at the Bilo across the street. The Bilo has just about everything you could need for groceries. Lines were long but prices were about average. The price for this campground is a littlemoreThan most but worth it to be right on the beach. Sites fill up quickly so definitely book ahead for this one. We happen to get a last-minute cancellation and felt so lucky. This was an amazing trip and I hope we can stay longer next time. It was relatively quiet, there are areas for kids to ride bikes. No pool or play ground but who needs that with the beach right there. This was a very dog friendly beach and Campground.
we had a great spot to set up. the people that work there where super helpful when arriving. We did have a very short drive to the beach from our camp. Also short trip to great places to eat. the beach was great. I wish they had beach camping available that day. but it was already sold out. The bathrooms where clean.
My fiancé and I camp here in January of 2017 right before my birthday. The campground is gorgeous, with showers, white sandy beaches, and wifi for you glampers out there. Unfortunately for us it was absolutely freezing and we couldn’t enjoy the beach, but we hiked all the trails there in two days and I can’t begin to say how beautiful the ecosystem is. I’d love to stay there for a week and see even more. Definitely family friendly. I will definitely go back.
Stay on the beach side, not in Live Oaks.