Edisto Beach Campground (Edisto Island, SC)
We spent a weekend in late November camping at Edisto Beach State Park Campground on Edisto Island in South Carolina. Edisto Beach will forever henceforth be remembered as the site of the worst fire starting since before Prometheus introduced fire to humans. There was very little kindling and the wood we bought (from two different sources) wasn’t very well seasoned. It smoldered and was consumed, but didn’t put off much heat. There was a lot of smoke and it took a lot of work to keep the fire going, though we did have some incredibly hot coals.
But nonetheless, everything else about the place was great.
The campground is located in Edisto Beach State Park right at the point where SC Highway 174 takes a sharp right to avoid driving off into the ocean. Once you turn on Highway 174, it’s a beautiful 18 mile drive across Edisto Island to the ocean.
And once you get there, you find yourself camping so close to the ocean that you hear the waves while you’re falling asleep. You aren’t actually ON the beach, because there’s a berm of sand and trees separating the campground from the actual beach. But there are beach access points between every 2nd or 3rd campsite, so the beach is only about a 50 yard stroll. So that means you fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean, walk 50 yards, and watch the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Yeah, it really is a great location.
Each site has its own set of electric and water hookups. All we had to do was run our 50 foot extension cord so that our air pump could pump up the air mattress and our electric cooler could go about its business cooling. Having water all of 10 feet away was nice too.
One thing though…the water is potable, but it’s not very tasty. It has an odd salty flavor that doesn’t make for a very good cup of coffee. We ended up using the campsite water more for washing and picked up a couple 99 cent gallons of water for drinking.
Supposedly the campground has laundry facilities, though we didn’t need them and didn’t try to find them. Also, the campground does not have wi-fi.
For a campground, the bathrooms were really nice. They were clean, didn’t smell like the kinds of things that get left in them, and had really nice tiled showers. The shower heads put out tons of hot water, so you didn’t have to jump around to get wet. They might’ve actually been nicer than the showers at our old apartment.
The only thing was a lack of soap in the restrooms. There isn’t even a soap dispenser. There’s water and a hand dryer and hand sanitizer, but no soap. Odd.
We had camping spot #6, which was chosen for proximity to the bathrooms, which were directly across the street. We noticed that spots 1-6 are particularly private. All of these spots are enclosed on 3 sides. Most of the rest of the park is a pretty standard campground setup with campsites that are open on all sides. The spots are pretty big though, so any spot would be a good choice. But if you want privacy, try to get one of the first 6 spots.
A site runs $27/night, which is on par with a fully electric/water site at most any other park. Given the location, site of the sites, cleanliness, amenities, privacy, and demand (the place was full Saturday night), you can’t complain one bit about that. Other places we’ve camped didn’t have a water spigot at every site, so getting that was an added bonus.