Edisto Island Travel Guide

  • Entrance to Edisto State Park
    Entrance to Edisto State Park
    by 807Wheaton
  • Entrance to Edisto State Park
    Entrance to Edisto State Park
    by 807Wheaton
  • Edisto Island
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Edisto Island Things to Do

  • Drive through Live Oaks

    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.

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  • Low Country Drive on the Island

    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.

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  • Low Country Drive

    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.

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  • Family fun at Edisto 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...

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  • Beach cottages on the shore

    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!

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  • Sightseeing!

    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!

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Edisto Island Restaurants

  • Sunset Grille at Edisto Island

    The menu at this restaurant offers a lot of seafood. It's one of the few places to eat on Edisto Island. There is very little ambience here. If you get a table by the window you will have a view of the boats coming into the slip area. You have to walk up a long flight of stairs to the dining room. The restrooms are downstairs so if being...

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  • For restaurant eats it's slim...

    For restaurant eats it's slim pickin's. There is a semi-cushy restaurant off the pier (seafood, of course), a more casual place near the Fairfield resort end, a pizza parlor that serves ice cream and (thank goodness) a grocery store! Charleston, though, is only 45min. away offering pretty much whatever you want.

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Edisto Island What to Pack

  • by Kallie2199 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Take whatever you need. Dont over do the luggage. It just makes more work for yourself.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandles are great for the beach. Well, most people know that already. Loose, comfortable clothing is good also. I would also take a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A must is sunblock if you are like me. I got extremely burnt. The sand is sharp, so bandaids might come in handy.

    Photo Equipment: A camera is a must for the beach. I like to take pic of the sunsets. They are awesome!!

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Edisto Island Off The Beaten Path

  • by Daylilyguy Written May 27, 2004

    Highway 174 is the main road on Edisto Island. About 8 miles before you reach the beach you'll pass the historic Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island. Slow down and you'll spot a sign for Steamboat Landing about 3/4 mile past the church. Turn left and follow the paved road. When it ends continue straight on the dirt road. This historic road was once the main entrance and exit for the island leading to the warf (dock) where the Steamboat landed. There is a public landing today and some of the most beautiful oak trees shading a lovely road. Take it slow, the road can get a bit bumpy. And if you have a boat its a great place to launch it while on the island.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

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    by 807Wheaton Updated Mar 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Many of the roads on the island have a bicycle path so it's a safe place to get your exercise and enjoy the pleasant ambiance of the South.

    Easy bike rides on the flat land. Stop and look for wildlife

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