The South Carolina Department of Parks and Tourism received a donation of land from the Edisto Company in 1935. The Civilian Conservation Corps developed the area into a park.
Edisto Beach State Park encompasses 1,255 acres, with a large salt marsh and a thick-forested area of live oaks and palmetto trees. Visitors have a beach that is a mile and a half long to look for various types of shells.
Camping and Trails
One hundred eleven campsites are available that have electrical hook-ups and water close to the ocean and along the salt marsh. The park also has the longest sets of handicapped accessible biking and hiking trails in the state.
One of the highlights of the park is an environmental center that focuses on the island's nature. One of the biggest preserved estuaries in the country is close to the park---the ACE Basin---covers more than 134,000 acres.
Anglers may fish from the surf or in the salt marsh, and a boat ramp on the park's western edge gives boaters access to the surrounding waters. The park has two sheltered picnic areas that are for group and family outings.