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The Time and Place to Relax: Camping on Edisto Island

In a world that is increasingly reliant on technology, camping at Edisto Beach State Park, a 1255-acre paradise located about 50 miles southwest of Charleston, offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The park offers two campgrounds - one on the beach and one further inland within the maritime forest. Cabins are available on the salt marsh/Scott Creek, 1.5 miles from the ocean.

Edisto Beach State Park boasts a little over 100 RV sites, as large as 40 feet, equipped with electricity, water, and restrooms with hot showers.

Tent campers can also use these sites, in addition to 5 other sites which do not include electricity and water hookups but which are designated for tent campers only. These tent sites are on the marsh side of the campground and do provide tent pads and centralized water.

For the barely-camping camper, there are seven climate-controlled cabins available for rent. Catch a breeze and look out over Scott Creek from the screened-in porches at the back of each cabin. There are five one-bedroom cabins that accommodate up to four people and two three-bedroom cabins that accommodate up to six people. However, pets are not allowed in the cabins or the cabin area.

Only two picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but there are also several picnic areas and tables throughout the park that you can use for a noon meal. At night, gather around fire rings to roast marshmallows and cozy up.

Edisto Island has more to offer than just prime sites to pitch a tent. There are so many things to do while you are camping at Edisto State Park, including fishing, boating and hiking.

Camping on Edisto is just as much an opportunity for leisure and fun as for education and exploration - sometimes all wrapped up in one.Forone. For example, hiking on the island is a great way to view the flora and fauna up close. That can be an adventure on its own, but for a historical twist, don't overlook the 1.7 mile Spanish Mount Trail, which leads to the second oldest Native American pottery site in South Carolina, which dates back to 2000 BC.

There are six handicap accessible hiking trails at Edisto Beach State Park, all of varying lengths which range from 0.4 to 1.7 miles. These paths cut through a dense jungle of palmetto trees and live oaks that are hundreds of years old.

Another excellent feature of Edisto Island is the diverse wildlife. The island is populated by white tail dear and bobcats, while the coast hosts several species of fish, including flounder, whiting and spot tail.

Because Edisto Island is a natural environment, you will be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of the great outdoors. However, watch for snakes while on the trails. In the warmer months, take plenty of insect repellent and protective clothing to ward off mosquitoes and ticks before going out to explore the island.

Adventure extends beyond the shoreline on Edisto Island. The Environment Education Center features information regarding the natural history of the island, as well as an interactive exhibit that helps visitors to understand the fragility of the ACE Basin estuarine reserve, the largest of its kind on the East Coast.

There are several fishing charter companies in the area that will provide you with everything from rods to a boat to go surf fishing. The park's gift shop also sells various supplies. Different access points are free for crabbing and shrimping. Note that as of July 2009, a fishing license is required. Additional information on price and where to purchase a license follows the end of this article.

If you're not interested in fishing but would like to tackle the seas, boating is also an excellent option. A boat launch ramp is located at the western boundary of the park. From here guests are provided access to Big Bay Creek. The beaches are open to beachcombing, surfing and other water sports.

All in all, Edisto Beach State Park is a great choice for anyone looking for a peaceful getaway to enjoy with friends or family. Once you are home again, you'll be wishing to be back on Edisto, indulging in the simple life under the distinctive canopy of Spanish moss that is so familiar to the locals.

Price Menu

General Admissions
Adults $5
SC Seniors $3.25
Children (6-15) $3
Children (5 and younger) Free


Cabin Rates
One Bedroom Cabin/Villa Nightly rate is $70-99**
Three Bedroom Cabin/Villa Nightly rate is $95-135**

**Discounted rates may be offered for seasons of lower demand.

RV and Tent Sites
Sites with Elec. & Water $26/site/night9**
Designated Tent Sites $17-19/site/night**

**Discounted rates may be offered for seasons of lower demand.

Note: Rates listed do not include applicable sales tax and a nonrefundable transaction fee.

SC Resident Fishing Licenses
Resident State Freshwater Fishing License $10
Resident 14-day Fishing License $5
Resident Lakes & Reservoirs Permit (Valid for Cane Pole Only) $3
Resident Junior Sportsman License (Age 16 through 17) $16
Resident Annual Saltwater Fishing License $10
Resident 14-day Saltwater Fishing License $5


Nonresident Fishing Licenses
Nonresident Annual Freshwater Fishing License $35
Nonresident 7-day Freshwater Fishing License $11
Nonresident Annual Saltwater Fishing License $35
Nonresident 14-day Saltwater Fishing License $11


Contact Info

Go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make reservations, or call 1-866-345-PARK (7275). To be safe, make all reservations a week ahead. For special circumstances, call the park directly.

To purchase a fishing license, visit the following website: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/purchase.html.

Use this page to find an agent who will help you with your purchase and with other information concerning fishing licenses, http://www.dnr.sc.gov/licenses/cosales/index.html.
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