Edisto Beach State park

Charleston, South Carolina

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Half a day's walk through a maritime forest to an ancient mound of seashells. Edisto Island, named after a local tribe, was inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years and was developed by Europeans as a fertile plantation island beginning around 1690. Occupied by federal troops during most of the Civil War, it was once famous for its high-quality and financially-lucrative Sea Island cotton. The state park’s 1,255 acres comprise a dense live oak forest, an expansive salt marsh, and a 1.5- mile stretch of beach bordered by some of the state’s tallest palmetto trees. The Indian Mound Trail begins under a cool canopy of stately live oaks, then moves through a maritime forest dominated by live oaks and Carolina palmettos. Other species include loblolly pines, sweet gums, water oaks, willow oaks, and redcedars.

Edisto Beach State park Professional Review and Guide

"Half a day's walk through a maritime forest to an ancient mound of seashells. Edisto Island, named after a local tribe, was inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years and was developed by Europeans as a fertile plantation island beginning around 1690. Occupied by federal troops during most of the Civil War, it was once famous for its high-quality and financially-lucrative Sea Island cotton.

The state park’s 1,255 acres comprise a dense live oak forest, an expansive salt marsh, and a 1.5- mile stretch of beach bordered by some of the state’s tallest palmetto trees. The Indian Mound Trail begins under a cool canopy of stately live oaks, then moves through a maritime forest dominated by live oaks and Carolina palmettos. Other species include loblolly pines, sweet gums, water oaks, willow oaks, and redcedars."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charleston
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Half a day
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Edisto Beach State Park, 8377 State Cabin Road, Edisto Island, SC 29438; (843) 869-2756 (cabins), (843) 869-2156 (camping).
Local Maps: Edisto Beach State Park brochure; Edisto Beach USGS quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Edisto Beach State park

Recent Trail Reviews

1/21/2011
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Beautiful scenery but the trails are not clearly marked. However, the trails are hard-packed sand and the park blows debris off of the trails often. I was able to use a regular umbrella stroller with my baby on the trail without difficulty.



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May 2018