Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life-and travel-leaves marks on you.
----Anthony Bourdain

Friday, April 1, 2016

Edisto Beach State Park, SC

If you're looking for a place on the coast to get away from the usual touristy places, then we've got a place for you. We went to Edisto Beach State Park (SC) for a week in March. The State Park has 2 campgrounds: Beach and Live Oak. We didn't look around the Live Oak Campground, except to register.
We were a bit concerned that our reserved site wouldn't be big enough, but we ended up with plenty of room.
 We could have had more room, but we had a boyscout troop just behind us who spread out a bit. It was fine with us; we still had plenty of room.
 We had a pull-through site. Originally, we thought it might be better for a bigger camper, but these pull-throughs are perfect for the little ones.


All of the sites have electric & water as well as fire pits and picnic tables, and we had 4G service. We were told that we would be able to get decent wifi since we were close to the bath house, but that wasn't so. With the 4G, we were able to turn on the hotspot when needed. 
The sites were a good size. As I said before, we had plenty of room. As you can see in the pictures above, we didn't even use about half of our site.
We were close to the beach; we were able to fall asleep to the lull of the waves without being right on the beach. 
(Trail to the beach from the campground)
The bathhouses were very clean. 1 was newer than the other, but it didn't have these handy shelves in the shower:
There was plenty of warm water; the only thing about the shower I didn't care for was that you couldn't move the showerhead. But, like I said, there was warm water and it had decent pressure.
 The other bathroom (near the bigger campers) had a nicer, newer floor.
The showers had a bench as well as a couple of hooks. Just a couple more hooks would have been perfect!
 The bathhouse.
An outdoor shower was provided, which is a little strange because a park ranger stopped and questioned our utility tent that I put the luggable loo in. He thought we had some water going into the tent, but once he realized we didn't have water going to it, he was okay with it.
There are sites that run just on the side of the dune:

Sites that are in the middle of the loop:








Marsh-side sites:



And sites for bigger rigs:





We enjoyed walks on the beach multiple times of the day since our site was so close to the access. The beach was relatively quiet during the day, and the campground was quiet at night. Everyone we encountered was nice & polite (even the ranger who questioned our utility tent was polite). The only problem we had was with the gnats, or flying teeth as a local told us. So, make sure you pack a hat, because they show no mercy, even your head is vulnerable!
Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be on a leash if you're on Park Property. Once you get on the town's beach, they can go off-leash from May - Oct., as long as you have them under voice command. Make sure you have doggie bags with you. We didn't see any stations to grab some, so we made sure we had a few tied onto the leash.
The same was true for the campground. When we stayed at James Island, there were plenty of dog stations; we always made sure we grabbed a bag. There are no such stations on the beach side of Edisto State Park, so make sure you stock up before you visit.
We all had a good, restful time at Edisto. It was a perfect getaway for all of us, Laika included. We would definitely come back again.

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