Highway 17 is the main route that takes you to the cutoffs for Edisto. Once on the road to the island there are acres and acres of low country sights. Boats can come up through the water in the interior of the island. There are several small places to stop for gas and small, modest shopping areas. When you cross the bridge you are on the island.
All along the beach at Edisto are small family cottages. They are not fancy by any means.
You get a wonderful feel of yesteryear here. The view is one long sight of beach and palm trees. You won't see one high rise. If you can be satisfied with a few days of real downtime this is the place to come. There is absolutely nothing commercial here other than a few bait shops and the Piggly Wiggly Grocery store near the entrance to the State Park.
There are a few restaurants here and there.
The last house on this page is a new home built on the interior of the island. Here you will see a lot of new beautiful big homes - very different from the beach.
Edisto is one of the few places that still has old beach cottages right on the beach itself.
There are jettys and pilings along the beach to try to stop the erosion of the dunes. Spending some time here gives you a wonderful oldtime feel. You can't find a high rise or big hotel here!
Anywhere you look you'll see the old mans beard hanging from the tree's, better known as southern moss. We enjoyed just driving around and looking for old plantations and museums. We only got lost once. Some of the roads are dirt roads. Something we are not used to traveling without 4-wheel drive! Ha ha!
Live Oaks keep their leaves year round so a drive to Edisto Island in the winter is very pleasant. . The sun is usually shining in this area and the Live Oaks make lovely canopys over the roads.
There are lots of old churches and cemeteries on Edisto Island. The Presbyterian Church pictured here was established in the late 1600's. The oldest grave we saw was a burial in the early 1800's.