12 Amazing Things To Do Near Edisto Beach South Carolina

As full-time RVers, we are drawn to unique destinations where we can immerse ourselves in nature and local culture.

While we may not be in places very long, our goal is to experience places with as much depth and quality as possible. Edisto Beach South Carolina was the perfect home base for exploring the South Carolina coast and is one of the state’s best-kept secrets.

With the perfect mix of a small laid-back beach town and close proximity to popular attractions like nearby Charleston, Edisto Beach is a gem that has a unique feel compared to many other more commercialized beach areas.

These are the best things to do in Edisto Beach for a perfect trip to one of South Carolina’s best coastal areas!

About Edisto Beach South Carolina

Sun burst shining among bright colored houses lining Edisto Beach South Carolina

Edisto Beach, South Carolina is a hidden gem located in the low country of the state and is a perfect destination for RVers and road-trippers looking for a unique beach getaway and those who want to connect with nature and appreciate some of the state’s best stretches of coastline.

Located on the East Coast and surrounded by natural beauty and local charm, Edisto Beach may not get as much attention as places like Charleston or Myrtle Beach, making it even more special. In this blog, we will guide you through the best things to do in Edisto Beach, so you can have an unforgettable trip.

Best Times to Visit

The best times to visit Edisto Beach are in the spring (March to May) and the fall (September to November), as the weather is mild during these months, and the crowds are smaller. If you prefer warm weather and don’t mind the crowds, you can also visit during the summer months (June to August) for some great beach weather!

We personally loved our visit in March where we were treated to mild weather, bright sunny skies, and a quiet opportunity to connect with the locals and explore the beauty of the area while feeling like we had the whole place to ourselves. Beach areas and coastal towns in the south can be the perfect destination for trips outside of the popular summer months, especially if you are looking for a more quiet or intimate retreat.

Getting to Edisto Beach

Bright pink and orange sunset at Edisto Beach South Carolina

Edisto Beach and Edisto Island offer a secluded and peaceful getaway. Part of its beauty and allure is that it feels protected and remote… which also means it is not the most convenient to get to. Luckily, the journey is part of the adventure and there are a few airports nearby:

Local Airports:

  • Charleston International Airport (1 hour)
  • Savannah/ Hilton Head International Airport (1 hr 45 mins)
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport (2 hrs 45 mins)
  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport (2 hrs 15 mins)

Towing an RV:

If you will be arriving by car or in an RV, Edisto Beach is also only about an hour off 95. As a note, the road leading onto the island can be nerve-wracking if you are towing a taller RV as it runs under a canopy of trees.

We did not have any problems in our 13’4″ fifth wheel, but we definitely were holding at breath at some points. Take it slow and know that large RVs and 18-wheelers drive into the island frequently. Tree limbs are hopefully not as close as they might appear!

The following are some of the top things to do during your trip to Edisto Beach or Edisto Island SC:

Top Things To Do in Edisto Beach, SC

Don’t miss these great things to do when planning your trip to Edisto Beach!

Camp at Edisto Beach State Park

A white house with a red roof among the salt marshes of Edisto Beach State Park

Edisto Beach State Park is a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts, campers, and RV travelers. The park offers 112 campsites with water and electrical hookups, as well as picnic tables and fire pits, and has a dump station available. There are two campgrounds to choose from, each with its own unique perks that can accommodate RVs up to 50 feet in length. There are also several walk-in sites for tent camping available and a few cabin rentals as well.

  • Reservations can be made 13 months in advance
  • Check-in time 2 pm; Check-out time 12 pm

The Beach Campground

A white van under the palm trees at the beach campground of Edisto Beach state park
The Beach Campground is characterized by palm trees, open sites, and views of the salt marsh

Sandy sites are located within walking distance of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. A great choice for easy access to the beach and local downtown restaurants and shops, although these sites are more expensive and more competitive to reserve than those at the Live Oak Campground.

Live Oak Campground

A fifth wheel nestled among the trees of the Live Oak Campground in Edisto Beach State Park
The spots in the Live Oak Campgrounds are tightly nestled among tall pines and green vegetation
Sites 112, 113, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122, 124, & 125 back up the the salt marsh with a more open feel

The Live Oak Campground offers private sites tucked under a canopy of trees. Plenty of shade and an atmosphere that leaves you feeling like you have been transported to the jungle. Easy drive or bike ride to the beach and within walking distance of all of the State Park’s trails.

As a note, you will not be able to use Starlink in the Live Oak Campground, but we did have enough service with our T-mobile home internet to work without problems.

Walk or Bike the Edisto Beach State Park Trails 

Male hiker sitting on a tree overlooking the water at Edisto Beach State Park

​Edisto Beach State Park is the perfect place for outdoor activities including nature walks and leisurely bike rides through the forest,

The park has over 4 miles of trails that are perfect for walking or biking and made for the perfect start to the day and escape into nature as a wind down after work. The trails offer scenic views of the salt marshes and the maritime forest and transport you to a peaceful world filled with life. During our walks and bike rides, we encountered several deer, saw plenty of oysters, and enjoyed the salt air breeze filled with the songs of birds.

Female hiker standing on the boardwalk of a trail in Edisto Beach State Park

Trail List: 

  • Bache Monument Trail (.2 miles, leads you to a historical marker used for surveying the coast)
  • Spanish Mount Trail (1.7 miles leading you to a nice overlook of the creek)
  • Scott Creek Trail (.7 miles, takes you out among the salt marsh, including a long boardwalk)
  • Big Bay Trail (.4 miles connects the Spanish Mount Trail to the Bache Trail)
  • Campground Trail (.3 miles along the campground where the walk-in sites are)
  • Forest Loop Trail (.5 miles)
  • Edisto Bike Trail (.4 miles, takes you along the main road to the beach)
Edisto Beach State Park Trail map
Edisto Beach State Park Trai Map

Check out AllTrails for more trails in and around Edisto Beach State Park!

Stroll along Edisto Beach

Jellyfish sitting on Edisto Beach next to waves crashing to shore
We saw several jellyfish along Edisto Beach’s shoreline

One of the most popular activities in Edisto Beach is of course to spend the day soaking in the sun and sand! The beach is long and wide, characterized by its soft sand and the bright blue water of the Atlantic Ocean. Get in some relax time, go for a long walk, try your luck at surf fishing, or keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife or marine life.

Edisto Beach has several public beach access points, view the list details for all 37 here.

Male traveler and his dog sitting at a picnic area in Edisto Beach State Park  overlooking the sunset on the Atlantic Ocean
Venture off the beach into Edisto Beach State Park for a different view of the Atlantic Ocean’s beauty

Visit Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve & Wildlife Management Area

The beautiful green canopy of oak trees lining the picturesque road into the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management area

Botany Bay is a nearby nature preserve and wildlife management area that is a must-see for anyone visiting Edisto Beach. The preserve features a beautiful beach with shells, driftwood, and even sea turtle nests. There are also walking trails available for visitors to explore the natural beauty of the area.

A stunning nature reserve located on Edisto Island, South Carolina, this 3,300-acre property is home to a variety of wildlife and plant species, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. (This is a really popular spot for bird-watching groups!)

Botany Bay is open daily from sunrise to sunset, and there is no admission fee to enter the preserve.

More details about visiting Botany Bay:

Closed on Tuesdays and for deer and dove hunts on the following dates:

  • Dove Hunts Youth/Adult Only: Sep.3, Sep.10, Oct.8, Nov.12
  • Archery Deer Hunts: Sep.15-Oct.10 (Excluding Sundays), Nov.21-Nov.26 & Dec.26-Dec.31
  • Lottery Deer Gun Hunts: Oct.17-19, Oct.24-26, Nov.7-9, Nov.14-16, Dec.5-7 & Dec.12-14

Hours of Operation:

  • Daylight hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset)

While visiting is free, all visitors are required to obtain a day-use pass at the kiosk located at the main gate off Botany Bay Road

This habitat is protected. This means that NOTHING can be removed from the property. This includes no shells, artifacts, driftwood, or anything on the beach.

In addition, there are no alcohol, drones, or metal detectors are allowed in Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve & Wildlife Management Area, and no dogs allowed on the beach or the causeway to the beach.

Driftwood Beach

Driftwood and large trees washed ashore at Boneyard Beach on Edisto Island
The beach is full of driftwood and trees, making it a spectacular sight to visit

Driftwood Beach (sometimes called Boneyard Beach) is a unique and beautiful place located inside Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve & Wildlife Management Area. The beach is covered in driftwood and exposed tree roots, giving it an eerie but fascinating appearance. It’s a great place to take photos and explore the area’s natural beauty. This is also the perfect place to look for some amazing shells, but remember that taking anything from the beach is prohibited and can result in a large fine!

There is a short walk from the parking area to the beach, where you can appreciate the sprawling salt marsh that leads you to a beach.

A large conch shell sitting on a rock at Boneyard Beach

Watch the Boats at the Marina

Boats glowing in the orange sunset sky at the Marina at Edisto Beach
The Marina at Edisto Beach at sunset

The Edisto Marina is a great place to watch boats come and go or catch a quiet sunset away from the beach. It’s a busy place during the summer months, and you can see everything from fishing boats to yachts. The marina also offers fishing charters and boat rentals if you want to get out on the water.

Dine Like A Local

Male and his dog smiling in front of a local waterfront dining option in Edisto Beach South Carolina
Coot’s Bar and Grill has a beautiful deck overlooking the beach and ocean

Edisto Beach has several other great dining options, including 

  • Pressley’s at the Marina: Offers fresh seafood and a beautiful view of the water by the marina 
  • The Waterfront Restaurant: A more upscale dining option in Edisto Beach, specializing in seafood. We loved the light bright interior and has delicious local catches.
  • Whaleys: A popular local seafood spot that offers fresh seafood and a casual atmosphere. Whaleys is a great place to grab a bite and connect with the locals, especially during the off-season.
  • McConkey’s Jungle Shack: Great place for a quick bite, including American classics and seafood
  • SeaCow Eatery: Popular spot for breakfast and lunch in Edisto with options including shrimp n grits, omelets, and burgers
  • The Old Post Office Restaurant: A local spot for seafood and classic low country cuisine
  • Flowers Seafood Company: Highly rated for fresh seafood where you can get cooked meals to go or fresh catches to cook at home
  • Coot’s Bar and Grill: Waterfront dining with a deck overlooking the beach and the Atlantic Ocean

Go on a Local Tour

If you want to learn more about the local history and culture, there are several tours available in Edisto Beach. You can take a walking tour of the historic district, go on a nature tour, or even take a ghost tour.

Bike & Water Sport Rentals

A male hiker stopping during his bike ride to take photos of the lush green maritime forest in Edisto Beach State Park
Both Edisto Beach State Park and the surrounding town is great for getting around by bike

Edisto Beach has several bike and water sport rental options available. You can rent kayaks, paddleboards, and even jet skis to explore the waterways around the area. Bike and golf cart rentals are also available for exploring the local trails and areas

Other Local Attractions & Fun Things To Do

In addition to the natural beauty and local dining options, Edisto Beach has several attractions worth visiting and fun activities to help you make the most of your trip:

  • Ernest F Hallings Ace Basin National Wildlife Refuge: Located approximately 20 miles southwest of Charleston and lies along the South Edisto River. A wildlife habitat for an array of birds, fish and other species
  • Edisto Island Serpentarium: A unique attraction that features a variety of snakes, alligators, turtles, and other reptiles. Adults $20 & Children $15; Hours of operation change depending on the season
  • Edisto Island Museum: Small, well-kept museum featuring the history and unique artifacts of Edisto Island. Hours: Jan./Feb. – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, March-October – 12:00 to 5:00, Tues.-Sat., Nov./Dec. – 11:00 to 4:00, Tues.-Sat. Admission: $5/Adults, $4/Seniors, $2/Students, Free for children aged 10 and under
  • Edisto Bookstore: Local books, used books, and more. Open 1030-6, Monday through Saturday
  • King’s Farm Market: A farmers market with locally grown fresh produce in addition to sweet treats and baked goods. Open February through December, 930-530 Monday- Saturday and 930-5 on Sundays.
  • Edisto Beach State Park’s Environmental Education Center: Youth and adult programs, hands-on interactive exhibits, a touch tank, and a movie theater. 

Hit The Links At One of the Local Golf Courses

As we were once college golfers, we love to take the opportunity to sneak time on the golf course into our itinerary whenever possible. For other golf lovers out there, there are a couple of great public courses near Edisto Beach:

  • The Plantation Course
  • Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Take a Day Trip To Charleston

Woman touching a large oak tree along Charleston's waterfront park

Charleston is a historic and vibrant city located about an hour’s drive from Edisto Beach. A day trip to Charleston is a must-do for anyone visiting the area. You can explore the Charleston City Market, take a walking tour of the historic district, or enjoy the beautiful views of the Charleston Waterfront. The city is also known for its BBQ and southern cuisine, so make sure to try some local favorites.

While we don’t spend much time in cities, we appreciated Charleston’s charm and history, bright colors, and tree-lined streets. Here are some suggested places for your Charleston day trip:

  • Charleston City Market
  • Charleston Battery and White Point Gardens
  • Riley Waterfront Park & The Pineapple Fountain
  • Visit the Angel Oak
  • Fort Sumter National Monument
  • Rainbow Row
  • Lewis BBQ (you will have to wait in a line most likely, but it is SO worth it!)

There are also some great guided tours and activities to take your trip to Charleston to the next level!

The bright pink, purple and blue houses of Rainbow Row in downtown Charleston
Rainbow Row is bright and cheery

Watch the Sunset at Folly Beach Pier

A reflection of Folly Beach Pier in the ocean at sunset
Folly Beach Pier

Folly Beach is located roughly 25 minutes from Charleston and is a popular destination for watching the sunset. The Folly Beach Pier offers stunning views of the ocean and the sunset. It’s a great place to relax, take photos, and connect with nature.

A trip to Folly Beach was the perfect way to end our day trip to Charleston, watching the sky erupt in an array of colors while listening to the rhythm of the waves crashing to shore. There was ample street parking in the evening hours and it was a quick detour on our way back to Edisto Beach for the night.

Woman taking a photo of a pink and orange sunset at Folly Beach

Map of Edisto Beach Activities

Drone aerial shot of Folly Beach Pier near Charleston and Edisto Beach SC


Local Airports:

  • Charleston International Airport (1 hour)
  • Savannah/ Hilton Head International Airport (1 hr 45 mins)
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport (2 hrs 45 mins)
  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport (2 hrs 15 mins)

Places To Stay Near Edisto Beach:

If you prefer to stay outside Edisto Beach, other options exist, ranging from RV resorts to no-frills campgrounds. If you are looking for the perfect one-stop shop for comparing RV parks and glamping options and prices with instant booking, we highly recommend Campspot.

Our other favorite resources for finding great campgrounds and campsites and reading reviews include Campendium, RV Life, and iOverlander.

You can also check out HipCamp and TheDyrt for more unique camping experiences and accommodations.

RV Rentals: If you are looking to get closer to nature but don’t have an RV, consider renting one through RV Share. We used this service when renting out our Casita and found them to be high quality and easy to use!

Other Edisto Beach Area Accommodations:

You can explore all Edisto Island area accommodations and compare prices on this list from Booking.com, which is a great resource for comparing different types of stays at the best rates.

We visited Edisto Beach on our East Coast road trip and visited several other amazing locations along the Atlantic Ocean that are definitely worthy of your travel bucket list.

Check out these other East Coast travel guides:

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