This remote 1,255 acre sea island park, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, is a beachcomber's dream ... More
Edisto Beach State Park
This remote 1,255 acre sea island park, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, is a beachcomber's dream and features some of the tallest palmetto trees in the state throughout the park. A day use area for beach access and a four mile nature trail are on site and overnight guests can enjoy a lovely campground or vacation cabins.
It cost us, a family of 2 adults and 3 small girls $19.00 to get in the park. Which is alot considering the Beachh Walker park right up the coast is only $7.00 for the five of us and has much nicer showers and changing rooms. SC state parks are priceing the families out. Which it is also funded with our tax payer money.
Edisto is a great place to enjoy a natural beach without a lot of commercialism. The campground sites are very large with hookups, and the bath house is conveniently located. Live Oak Campground isn't so far that you can't walk to the beach. Prices for gas and groceries on the island are reasonable; I highly recommend the Subway sandwich shop across the road from the entrance to the state park parking area at the beach. If you like the outdoors and want to get away and relax, Edisto Beach State Park is the place. I went in June 2009 and am going back in September. It's a great affordable vacation.
I drove all the way from charleston on 7-3-09 to check this place out & I was'nt sure about this place taking a park pass, so when i pulled up to the gate & showed the gatekeeper my park pass, she was mean & asked me if i could read? how rude! I did'nt even want to pay the cash to get in. Do your park a favor & hire some people with class. I would never treat people that come into my office like that, ever!
I claim Edisto as second home. From childhood to grandparenthood, I have never been disappointed. Not meaning to be unfriendly, but if those not from SC don't like Edisto, I wish them happiness elsewhere. I remember when the State Park campgrounds weren't crowded, and we didn't even need reservations to get front beach sites. Enough campers share my love of Edisto that now it is difficult to get a site! What I like is virtuallly everything, especiallly the friendly local people. What I dislike is not always finding a campsite because the park is flooded with out-of-state folks who might be happier in their own friendly environments somewhere else.
I have to agree that the beach is nice and the campsites are superb; however, it is the people I take issue with. It could have just been bad luck, but it seemed like the people staying when we were there were of a really questionable nature. I felt uncomfortable and unsafe at night and was glad that I was in a hard side trailer that I could lock. The locals seemed to resent having people from out of town around and really seemed to go out of their way to be unfriendly. In all my years of camping, it was the first time I had a complaint like this, so I'm not sure what to make of it.
I would encourage you to try it if you have never been there, because the surroundings were great, but just keep the human aspect in mind. Also, there wasn't a decent restaurant anywhere to be found. I do like to eat out at least one night, and spent a ridiculous amount of money on a terrible meal at the "best restaurant" in town.
On the other hand, we LOVED Huntington Beach State Park and would recommend it in a heartbeat! Only downside is that the walk to the beach could be pretty long depending on your campsite. People there were friendly and lots of establishments outside of Park.
We have vacationed at Edisto since I was small. At first my family rented houses, then when I got married and had kids, we began camping at the campground. Now we bring along our grandkids too. Edisto is a beautiful place, very low-key and restfull. The campground is clean & comfortable (especially the one on the beach). As someone else mentioned, the staff need lessons in friendliness though! Some can be downright rude. Luckily I don't have to have much interaction with them when I'm there.
Another thing is the reservation system they have now, but that's not exclusive to Edisto. It's horrible!
All things considered, Edisto Beach itself is a beautiful place to get away to and I will continue to go there every chance I get.
My family has been vacationing at Edisto for years, and it gets better every time. Its clean, quiet, beautiful scenery, no crowds, everybody respects everyone else's belongings and privacy, and sufficient amenities. We sustained damage one year from straight line winds to our tents and equipment and we were overwhelmed with support to put our campsite back together(EVEN THOUGH IT WAS STILL POURING DOWN RAIN!!). I can't say enough about Edisto, it is a wonderful place for a family vacation.
We are coming back this summer! (2006)
I loved it, my family and I have been vacationing there since I was 7yrs old. I am now 24 and still return just to get away from everything. It is a small place, but has just what you need to get away.
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