Edisto Beach State Park

Beach day at Edisto Beach

If you are lucky enough to snag a reservation at the Edisto Beach Campground don’t ask questions – just book it!  We absolutely loved our time at Edisto.  So much that while we were still at the campground we booked a second stay a few weeks later.

Morning walk on Edisto Beach

Edisto Beach State Park has two campgrounds – the Live Oak Campground and the Beach Campground.  We enjoyed our time at both.  We started each of our Edisto stays at Live Oak then moved down to the Beach Campground.  This actually worked out really well as we were able to empty our tanks conveniently (none of the sites have sewer) while switching campgrounds.  Live Oak has a ton of trees in the campground and beautiful marsh views.  There are various trails to explore – we biked through the whole park and loved it.  There is also a fishing/crabbing dock and boat launch that you can access by bike (or car).  We spent one afternoon crabbing and had the dock to ourselves.  We also rode bikes into town and checked out various bars and restaurants.  A lot of people rent golf carts during their Edisto stay.  It’s worth noting golf carts aren’t allowed on the road from Live Oak to the beach.

We had the dock to ourselves crabbing one afternoon

The Beach Campground has absolutely spoiled us for any future beach vacation.  From your campsite you can hear the waves and see the sand dunes.  No matter where you are in the beach campground, you are a short walk away from the beach.  Another wonderful thing is the beach was never super crowded.  We had all the space we needed and then some!  As the loggerhead turtle nests are hatching each year (July and August) they offer turtle walks and programming.  I definitely recommend this! They will give you details of programming when you check in.

Edisto Beach Sunset

The town of Edisto is a super laid back beach town with not a lot going on.  We absolutely love this feel!  There is a grocery store and several bars and restaurants.  We enjoyed grabbing drinks at Dockside Bar and buying fresh shrimp from Flowers Seafood.  Botany Bay is a super cool place to check out and Whaley’s is voted one of the top 25 seafood dives in the country.  We really enjoyed our meal – the sushi nachos were incredible!  We also stopped by George & Pinks for some fresh produce and boiled peanuts – it was a great find!

We have both always wanted to be able to take pictures of the stars.  After watching several YouTube videos, Googling and purchasing a tripod – we are better than ever before!  We can’t wait to find other spots to practice nighttime photography.

Finally – a successful star picture

One tip – the water does not taste good at all.  It’s safe – it meets the standards, but it doesn’t taste good.  We have a filter under the sink and at the hose connection, but our setup didn’t come close to making the water drinkable.  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!

If you are looking for a beach to visit to completely unwind, this is the spot for you.  The beaches are beautiful, there is good cell service and there are several unique things in the area that make it a must visit.  Add it to your list of favorites now to remember when you need the salt air and sand between your toes.  I know we will be back someday.

Ghost crab posing for a pic

We stayed in Sites 111 and 115 in Live Oak.  These sites are great, but I would recommend sites on the marsh (like 116-122) if I had my pick.  They have great views and a little more privacy!

At the beach we were in 46, 37, 23 and 33.  All of the sites in the campground are great, but our favorite was probably 46.  However, at this campground it really is personal preference.  All of the sites are great!  We liked being close to the beach access and the sunset view from the back of our site at 46 – that’s what makes it our favorite.

The beautiful sunset from the back of our campsite

 

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