Edisto Island State Park

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Edisto Beach State Park
Edisto Beach State Park image by Barbara Hatlaban

If you are in search of a great oceanfront campground, look no further than Edisto Beach State Park. The park is rich in Native American history, wildlife, hiking and biking opportunities, as well as two campgrounds, cabins and 1.5 miles of pristine shell-covered beachfront.

Edisto Beach State Park marsh view.
Marsh view at Edisto Beach State Park. Image by Ecogardengroup.

The park is made up of 1,255 acres of maritime forest along the beautiful SC coastline. There you will find the environmental learning center, ranger station, and welcome station.

Edisto Beach State Park seashells.
Shell hunting is a favorite pastime on Edisto Beach. Photo by Danie Becknell.

Edisto Beach, along with its neighboring Botany Bay, is famous for its seashells. While Botany Bay does not allow the collection of shells, Edisto Beach State Park does.

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There are many trails for hiking and biking. Photo by R2ontheroad.

The Edisto Beach State Park also has 4 miles of ADA accessible trails for hiking and biking. These trails take you through maritime forest, historic monuments, and a Native American shell mound. These trails are also great for bird watching. Many shore and wading birds can be seen here.

Edisto Beach State Park

A baby Sea Turtle heads for the ocean. Photo by Walterborolive.

 The park is a nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles. You can also spot white-tailed deer, raccoons, alligators, bobcats, and opossums.

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Stay in one of the seven furnished cabins. Photo by Elizabeth Faulkner

Furnished cabins sit nestled in the woods, and campsites can be found along the Edisto Island oceanfront or in the shaded maritime forest. There are 120 campsites that accommodate RVs or tents. There are seven cabins located on the salt marsh.

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Photo of the environmental learning center by Elizabeth Faulkner.

While visiting the environmental learning center you can learn about the ACE Basin and more, featuring interactive displays including a touch tank. The ACE Basin is an estuary that is made from the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers. This is the largest undeveloped estuary along the Atlantic Coast.

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These two sets of tracks show a turtle coming and going. Photo by Cole Rise.

Mornings at Edisto State Park can be spent hunting for turtle tracks. You can also cast a line and enjoy some of the island’s best fishing in Scott Creek Inlet.  If you’re a boater, launch into Big Bay Creek and enjoy a day of fishing or exploring the waters of the ACE Basin.

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Picnic tables can be found scattered in the shade of oaks near the beach.
Photo by Crystal Golden.

The park also includes picnic shelters and a park store.

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There are many fishing spots at Edisto Island State Park. Photo by Jeff Wayne.

The park offers a mile and a half of beach where surf fishing is allowed.
Other locations include Steamboat Landing, Old bridge replaced by the McKinley Washington Bridge, and along the banks of Scott’s Creek along the Spanish Mount trail. There is also a small dock in the cabin area for cabin guests only. 

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The sun rises and sets beautifully over Edisto Island State Park. Photo by Joshua Mattingly.

For more information on the park and other fun things to do in the Edisto Beach area visit southcarolinalowcountry.com/edisto-beach/. For day trip ideas visit southcarolinalowcountry.com/edisto-beach/day-trips.