This year’s stay at Edisto Beach State Park on the coast in South Carolina was a do-over from last year’s canceled plans. It was, as per usual for the beach, worth the wait.
With the vaccination program going well, it finally felt safe to camp with friends again and so that’s exactly what I did. Four of the five adults were fully vaccinated, with the fifth person having gotten one dose. There was a teenager present, so for her and that fifth person waiting on their second shot we all followed the six foot distance rule as much as possible. Still, it was great to see friends again. We ate good food, told stories, and just enjoyed being out camping, something we took for granted before the pandemic.
There are two separate campgrounds at Edisto, one by the beach and one in the forest. The latter has more opportunities for hiking, thanks to an extensive trail system. But the beach campground is kind of irresistable to beach lovers, so that’s where we stayed. Our sites all looked out on the marsh, which provided some bird spotting action, mostly herons and egrets.
Just west of the forested campground is a boat launch onto Big Bay Creek . My friend Karen and I launched our Oru Inlet kayaks and had a nice little paddle, letting the flip of the tide carry us back to the boat ramp. Chalk up another nice kayak site for South Carolina.
Except for a wicked hot arrival day, the temps were pretty near perfect for spring: highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. The flowers seemed to like the weather too, lining the dunes that separated the campground from the beach.
And there are so many things I like about the beach, it’s hard to pick one. But if I must? This…
EDISTO BEACH STATE PARK (SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS)
- Beach (67 campsites) or Live Oak (50 campsites), you really can’t go wrong here. Beach campground: most private sites for small trailers are 1,3, 9, 10. Sites 35-74 border on the marsh. Reserve at South Carolina State Parks.
- Services: electric/water with dump station up the road past the Live Oak campground. Bath houses with showers. Recycling and trash at each campground.
- Good T-Mobile, Verizon, and ATT.
- Groceries: Small Food Lion across from the campground. Kings Grocery about 20 minutes away has specialty groceries and great Key Lime pie. Seafood takeaway at Seacow Eatery is great stuff (also can dine in).
- Propane: Ace Hardware in Edisto Beach (five minutes away).
- Gas: Two gas stations near campground, fair prices.
In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.