Where Is Edisto Island?

Where Is Edisto Island?
Edisto Island is one of many sea islands along the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina, located in Charleston County in the southeastern United States. The closest large city to Edisto Island is Charleston, approximately 40 miles to the northeast.

Atlantic Beachfront

Though it appears to be part of mainland South Carolina, Edisto Island is surrounded by four bodies of water; to the southeast, the Atlantic Ocean; to the northeast, the North Edisto River, to the northwest, the Intracoastal Waterway; and to the southwest, the South Edisto River.

Road Access

Edisto Island, an island with a population of approximately 2,300, can be accessed from either Interstate 26 in Charleston, then taking Highway 17 south to Highway 174 and heading east, or from the south by traveling north on Interstate 95, then north on Highway 17 and again east on Highway 174.

Air Access

Charleston International is the closest major airport to Edisto Island at just over 40 miles to the northeast. Savannah International in Georgia is the next closest major service at around 100 miles to the southwest.

Island Details

Edisto Island is approximately 6 to 8 feet above sea level and covers an area of approximately 68 square miles in the Eastern Time Zone of the U.S.


The average low temperature on Edisto Island is just over 56 degrees, with January the coldest average month. The average high temperature is almost 74 degrees, with July the warmest month. Average rainfall per month is just over 4 inches.

Article Written By David Sims

David Sims has been contributing articles to several venues since 2001. His work has been published in local papers such as The Ebbtide and South County Sun along with monthly newsletters for Central Basin Audubon Society. Sims also contributes trip reports and reviews to nextstop.com, singletracks.com, trails.com, examiner.com/albuquerque, hubpages.com and his own website.

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