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Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: November, 2019
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First time visiting Edisto Beach State Park. We stayed on the Live Oak Campground.
This is a beautiful park and we plan on returning in the future. Quite a few of the campsites offer little privacy from your neighbors. We were in site 125 and there was nothing separating our fire ring from site 124. 125 and 124 would be excellent for two separate families camping together.
If you like some space and privacy here are the sites I recommend, in order of preference. They are all back in sites and I have a 30-foot travel trailer. The first one may be a little tricky backing into, but I think it very doable. The 2nd one is much less tricky to back into and the rest would be no issue at all. All of these sites are fairly level, I have learned there are no perfectly level sites in a state park without a concrete pad. 113, 112, 80, 82.
Checking in at Live Oak. Do not pass the STOP sign where it says stop here for check. Once you check in you take the immediately left. If you pass that your turn around option is a parking area at a trail head which is there are cars parked there you will not have room to turn around, or you will have to back up. Once you are passed the check in office you will bear right following the sign that points to the Rustic Tent Camping. This concerned me. I was concerned I was going to go somewhere with my trailer that I didn't want to be. The sign should be changed to say ALL Camping Sites. Though there is a little One Way Only sign to most people ignore. If you go the wrong way you will be backing up and coming back if you have a large camper.
The bathroom at the Live Oak Campground is a step up from the traditional SC State Park bathroom. No doors for showers, just curtains. You do have a private dressing area with a curtain and then the shower stall with its own curtain. The big downside for the bathroom is that the toilets are the most difficult I have ever flushed in my life. Took two hands and body weight to get them to flush. Sadly, some people never figured out how to flush them or didn't have the strength.
In the Live Oak Campground, I found that the water spigot and the electric outlets were not close together, in some cases you may need extra hose and/or extension cord depending on where you park your camper.
The Beach Campground sites were much more packed in. Personally, I would choose the Live Oak Campground. The bathroom at the Beach Campground was the older traditional SC Park Bathroom.
The dump station is across the street from the Live Oak Campground, which is about a mile from the Beach Campground. If you need to haul a portable waste tank to dump keep this in mind. It is a mile from the Beach Campground to the dump station. The road is a state road mile is a one and only road into the town of Edisto Beach. Pulling your portable waste tank slowly along this road may not be very fun. We stayed for 4 nights with the intention of NOT having to take our portable tank to the dump station, we succeeded.
People complain about the roads in the park. They are what I expect for a SC State Park. I didn't think they were that bad, drive slowly as you should be anyway. If you want to experience a really rough drive check out the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve, which I do recommend, one you drive that you will be grateful for the roads around the State Park.
The beach was beautiful. Lots of shells and we got a good collection. There is a narrow band of shells that are really bad on your feet. If the tide is up and you wanted to swim with those shells you will need something on your feet. When the tide is out, I think swimming would be fine. If you are staying in the Live Oak Campground you will probably want to drive to the beach. There are bike lanes but I would drive.
The trails are awesome and great for walking or riding a bike. We didn't take bikes but next time will.
The Edisto Environmental Learning Center, part of the park, is worth a visit. It has limited operating hours so plan around that.
Overall a very enjoyable stay. We were there in November, so the mosquitoes were not bad, but there were some. We will go back!
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