Edisto Beach State Park
8377 State Cabin RD | Edisto Island, SC 29438 | Phone: 843-869-2156 | Fax: 843-869-4428 | edistobeach@scprt.com

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Edisto Beach State Park

Are golf carts allowed on the beach?

Only handicapped individuals are allowed to operate a golf cart on the beach where adequate space is available. A handicap placard, registered the occupant of the cart, which has to be displayed at all times.

SECTION 43 33 25. Use of motorized chairs or carts by handicapped on beaches.
For reasons set forth in Section 43 33 20, persons who are handicapped and who customarily use motorized wheelchairs or motorized carts for locomotion shall not be prohibited from using such wheelchairs or carts on the strand of the seacoast of this State.

To ride on park roads all cart operators must follow SC law related to that operation.

May I drive my golf cart from Live Oak Campground to the beach?

SC Hwy. 174 is a secondary highway, so by law, it is legal to drive up to two miles from your campsite. However, the town of Edisto has an ordinance prohibiting golf carts in the town limits. Therefore, you can drive from the Live Oak Campground along HWY 174 up to the town limit sign. Unfortunately, that will not take you all the way to the beach.

SECTION 56 3 115. Golf carts; permit to operate on highways and streets.
The owner of a vehicle commonly known as a golf cart, if he has a valid driver’s license, may obtain a permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles upon the payment of a fee of five dollars and proof of financial responsibility which permits his agent, employees, or him to:
(1) operate the golf cart on a secondary highway or street within two miles of his residence or place of business during daylight hours only; and
(2) cross a primary highway or street while traveling along a secondary highway or street within two miles of his residence or place of business during daylight hours only.

What are the reservation fees and payment requirements when making a reservation?

Camping: There is a $1.60 per night non-refundable reservation fee. Full payment is due at the time of reservation.

Lodging: There is a $3.80 per night non-refundable reservation fee. A 50% deposit is due at the time of reservation. The balance is due upon arrival at the park. The customer may pay in full, if they wish.

Day Use: There is a $3.80 per day non-refundable reservation fee. Full payment is due at the time of reservation for pavilions, picnic shelters, amphitheaters, meeting rooms and community buildings.

Where is the best place to fish?

The park offers a mile and a half of beach where surf fishing is allowed. (Please be advised that during turtle season (May-Oct) NO lights are allowed on the beach at night.)

Other locations include:
• Steamboat Landing
• Old bridge replaced by the McKinley Washington Bridge
• At some areas along Hwy.174 where small creeks cross the main highway
• A small dock is available in the cabin area for cabin guests only.
• Along the banks of Scott’s Creek located along the Spanish Mount trail. Please haul out any trash taken in.

Due to safety concerns, guests are not allowed to fish from the Live Oak Boat Landing or dock.

How do we access the beach?

To access the beach, stay on Hwy. 174 until you reach the Horizon gas station and the Piggly Wiggly grocery store on the right. The day-use entrance to the park is located directly across the road, on the left. The park consists of 1,255 acres and is broken into three areas:

• The first area (Palmetto Road just past Edisto True Value Store on Hwy. 174) includes the Environmental Learning Center and the Live Oak Boat Landing.
• The second area, approximately ¾ of a mile farther, (Cabin Road-dirt road on the right) consist of ranger station, Live Oak Campground and cabin area.
• The third area, approximately ½ mile farther, (area across from the Horizon and Piggly Wiggly) consist of the day-use area, beach access, and the Beach Campground.

Where do I check in for my cabin or campsite?

The Ranger Station is located in the Live Oak Campground.  You will need to check in there for any cabin or campsite rentals.

What if I do not make it to the park to check in before closing time?

If you are going to be late, please contact the Ranger Station at (843) 869-2156 and arrangements will be made for you. Please leave a message if no one answers, and someone will return your call as soon as possible. The clerk may be busy assisting another park guest.

Why is there a $5 per person fee to launch a boat?

The fee is a general admission fee for the park.  It is not a parking or launching fee.

Am I required to pay the park admission fee?

ALL visitors with the exception of overnight guests are required to pay the daily admission fee.  You may pay at any of  three locations:
1. Day-use entrance across from the Horizon convenience store and Piggly Wiggly grocery store.  During the peak season, an attendant will be located in the booth to collect fees.  When no attendant is on duty, please use the green collection box.  Place your money inside the envelope and retain the hangtag for your vehicle.
2. Spanish Mount trailhead parking area located off of Cabin Road and across from the Live Oak Campground. Please use the green collection box.
3. Live Oak Boat Landing. Please use the green collection box.

What are your metal detection guidelines for State Parks and State Park properties?

Click here for a printable version of our guidelines concerning metal detector use on state parks and state park properties.

I am camping at the park or renting a cabin. Do I have to pay the admission fee?

Overnight guests do not have to pay the park admission fee.

Are there restrooms and showers located in the campgrounds?

Restrooms and hot-water showers are located in each campground.  Campers may use these at no additional charge.

Do the cabins have bathrooms?

All cabins have bathrooms with hot-water showers.  Cabins are completely furnished, heated, air-conditioned, and supplied with bath and bed linens, basic cooking and eating utensils, coffee maker, microwave, a television with satellite and each includes a screened-in porch.

May we look inside one of your cabins?

For safety and security reasons, only cabin guests are allowed in the cabin area. Also, because the cabins have a high occupancy rate and time is limited for staff to clean and maintain them, it is not possible to meet the demand. Pictures of the cabins have been placed on the website and are available at the Ranger Station located in Live Oak Campground.

Where is the closest laundry facility?

The closest laundry facility is located one hour from the park.  Take SC Hwy. 174 W to US Hwy 17 N.  It is located on the left, directly opposite the first green overhead road sign (Sam Rittenberg).  The entire park and most of the island operates off of a septic system and not a centralized sewer system. The high sea level and heavy usage cannot support a laundry facility.

Can you drink the water from the faucet?

Yes, the water is safe to drink and cook with. However, it has a high salt content and not recommended for use with coffee, etc.

Are bicycles available for rent at the park?

The park does not rent bicycles.  There are vendors on the island that do and they will deliver and pick them up from the park.

What are check in and check out times for cabins and villas?

Check in time for cabins and villas is 4pm and check out time is 10am at all parks except for Hickory Knob.  Please contact the individual parks for late arrival instructions.

How many tents or RVs are allowed per campsite?

Campers are allowed a maximum of one trailer/RV and one tent, OR two tents per site. No more than
six (6) persons (or one family) may occupy the same site.

What are check in and check out times for camping?

Check in time for camping is 2pm and check out time is 12pm for all parks.  Please contact the park for late arrival instructions.

Where can I find a list of state park rules and regulations?

You can find the South Carolina State Park rules and regulations, along with campground rules and regulations at this link.

Where is Botany Bay located?

Botany Bay is operated by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. It is located off of Hwy. 174 about eight miles before the park. The name of the road is Botany Bay Road.  For more information visit the SCDNR website.

How can I provide my comments and feedback on my recent visit to a state park?

Comments and feedback can be submitted via our online survey.  Click here to access and complete the survey.

How far is it to Charleston, SC from Edisto Beach?

Edisto is 50 miles from Charleston. Take Hwy.174 to US Hwy. 17.  Take 17 N. to Charleston.

Does the park service have a comprehensive guide with information on all 47 state parks?

You may purchase our official guide in our online park store, or at any South Carolina State Park.  To access the online, interactive version, please click this link.

Where is the nearest hospital?

The nearest hospital is Roper St. Francis in the West Ashley Area of Charleston.  It is approximately 50 miles from the park to the hospital.

Where is the nearest Wal-Mart?

The nearest Wal-Mart is located one hour from the park.  Take US Hwy 17 N. towards Charleston.  Turn left at the second traffic light.  Turn right at the next traffic light, and then right at the second traffic light.

General

How do I make a reservation at a state park?

Reservations at state parks may be made up to 11 months in advance. There are three convenient ways to make reservations at South Carolina State Parks:

Call toll free 1-866-345-PARK (7275)
Online at SouthCarolinaParks.com or click here to reserve
At the park of your choice, by calling the park directly

Reservations for group camps or primitive camping must still be made through the state parks.

Camping Reservations: Reservations requested less than one (1) day in advance of check-in must be made directly through the park. For example: If today is Friday and you are making a reservation checking in on today, Friday, you must make the reservation by contacting the park directly. Campsite reservations require payment in full at the time the reservation is made.

Cabin Reservations & Day Use Facilities: Reservations requested LESS THAN three (3) days in advance of check-in must be made directly through the park. For example: If today is Wednesday and you are making a reservation for the upcoming Friday, you must make the reservation by contacting the park directly.

How far in advance may I make a reservation?

Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance. For example: If you would like to check in on November 1, 2012 you can call or go online to make reservations on December 1, 2011.

What are the reservation fees and payment requirements when making a reservation?

Camping: There is a $1.60 per night non-refundable reservation fee. Full payment is due at the time of reservation.

Lodging: There is a $3.80 per night non-refundable reservation fee. A 50% deposit is due at the time of reservation. The balance is due upon arrival at the park. The customer may pay in full, if they wish.

Day Use: There is a $3.80 per day non-refundable reservation fee. Full payment is due at the time of reservation for pavilions, picnic shelters, amphitheaters, meeting rooms and community buildings.

What is the cancellation policy for park reservations?

Fees assessed to reservation cancellations or changes are based on the amount of notice given in advance of the arrival date.  Transaction fees are not refundable.  Below is more detailed information:

CANCELLATION POLICY:
 
LODGING
CAMPING
DAY-USE
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
30+ Days
$10 Handling Fee
15+ Days
$10 Handling Fee
15+ Days
No Charge
15-29 Days
1 night charge
4-14 Days
1 night charge
4-14 Days
$10 Handling Fee
0-14 Days
Entire deposit
0-3 Days
Entire deposit
0-3 Days
Entire deposit
 
TRANSFER / CHANGE POLICY *:
 
LODGING
CAMPING
DAY-USE
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
30+ Days
No Charge
15+ Days
No Charge
15+ Days
No Charge
15-29 Days
$10 Handling Fee
4-14 Days
$10 Handling Fee
4-14 Days
$10 Handling Fee
0-14 Days
Cancellation Required
0-3 Days
Cancellation Required
0-3 Days
Cancellation Required
 
* Changes that result in additional nights reserved will not incur handling fees or penalties, but will be subject to non-refundable transaction fees for the additional nights.
 
EARLY DEPARTURE POLICY: Cancellation Policy applies in conjunction with Fee Policy for Emergency Waivers.

Are pets allowed in state parks?

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around cabins, cabin areas or other lodging facilities.

Which parks offer free wi-fi internet service?

The following parks offer free wifi in some capacity on the park: Caesars Head State Park, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Devils Fork State Park, Dreher Island State Park, Edisto Beach State Park, Hickory Knob State Resort Park, Hunting Island State Park,  Lake Greenwood State Park, Myrtle Beach State Park, Oconee State Park, Paris Mountain State Park, Poinsett State Park, Santee State Park, Table Rock State Park and Lake Hartwell State Park.  For more detailed information, please contact the park you are interested in visiting, directly.

What is the discount policy for senior citizens, blind and disabled citizens?

South Carolina residents who are at least 65 years of age, legally blind or disabled, qualify for certain rate reductions. Proof of age or disability is required.  These qualifying residents receive 35% off admission fees, camping, picnic shelters, golf greens fees and fishing pier admission. In order to receive the camping discount, qualifying individuals MUST occupy the site reserved.  Also these qualifying residents may purchase a Palmetto Passport for $37.50 (50% off) for admission to all state parks for the period of one year.  There are NO rate reductions for lodging, building or meeting facility rentals, leased facilities, resale items or equipment rentals.

Do out-of-state senior citizens, blind or disabled citizens receive any discounts?

The same rate reductions as listed in the question above are extended to out-of-state U.S. residents only at the following parks: Baker Creek, Calhoun Falls, Hamilton Branch, Hickory Knob, Lake Hartwell and Sadlers Creek, EXCEPT for the Palmetto Passport discount.

What are your metal detection guidelines for State Parks and State Park properties?

Click here for a printable version of our guidelines concerning metal detector use on state parks and state park properties.

What are your geocaching guidlelines for state parks and state park properties?

Click here for a printable version of our guidelines concerning geocaching on state parks and state park properties.

How can I get printed information on state park camping and lodging?

For detailed information on all state park camping and lodging facilities, you may download our comprehensive information sheet.  You can also find a printable park map and brochure for each park on our maps and brochures page.

Where can I find information about State Park employment, internships, etc?

Detailed information on employment with the South Carolina State Park Service and other areas within SCPRT may be found by clicking here or  visiting our agency website.

What is the minimum age required to reserve/occupy a campsite?

To reserve and/or occupy a campsite, a member of the party must be least 18 years of age and present at the time of check in. They must also be present on the site with the camping equipment.

Are alcoholic beverages allowed on park property?

It is unlawful for any person to consume or display in public any beverage of alcoholic content, including beer and wine, except where specifically authorized by the Department.

Are golf carts permitted on state parks?

For information regarding the use of a personal golf cart, please contact the individual park that you plan to visit.

What are check in and check out times for cabins and villas?

Check in time for cabins and villas is 4pm and check out time is 10am at all parks except for Hickory Knob.  Please contact the individual parks for late arrival instructions.

How many tents or RVs are allowed per campsite?

Campers are allowed a maximum of one trailer/RV and one tent, OR two tents per site. No more than
six (6) persons (or one family) may occupy the same site.

What are check in and check out times for camping?

Check in time for camping is 2pm and check out time is 12pm for all parks.  Please contact the park for late arrival instructions.

Where can I find a list of state park rules and regulations?

You can find the South Carolina State Park rules and regulations, along with campground rules and regulations at this link.

How can I provide my comments and feedback on my recent visit to a state park?

Comments and feedback can be submitted via our online survey.  Click here to access and complete the survey.

Does the park service have a comprehensive guide with information on all 47 state parks?

You may purchase our official guide in our online park store, or at any South Carolina State Park.  To access the online, interactive version, please click this link.