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Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area

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Address: Botany Bay Rd, Botany Bay Rd, 29438 , Edisto Island, South Carolina, Edisto Island, SC 29438
Phone Number: 843-869-2713
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Most Incredible Beach

Went for sunrise and it was breathtaking!! Very short walk from where you park to the beach!! The deadwood trees on the beach make for incredible photos!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went for sunrise and it was breathtaking!! Very short walk from where you park to the beach!! The deadwood trees on the beach make for incredible photos!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting beach. Skeletal trees and lots of shells, especially couch shells. I have seen raccoons, green snake, monarch butterflies, painted buntings, and lots of birds. There are huge fields of flowers, sunflowers etc. Don't miss the driving tour of park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a Sunday afternoon. 3 cars deep and loved it! Was greeted at the gate by a very sweet and informative girl and had a nice relaxing exploring drive. Will be back tomorrow to the beach exploring!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

it was great scenery and nice people, the walk was a little stretched, but what could you expect? and we also came at a bad time

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Irving, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Definitely take the time to drive the self guided tour loop on the way out after your walk down to the beach. And read about each stop along the way from the guide the DNR Volunteer gives you when you drive in. Amazing that there's no fee. Such a beautiful, wild place!

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing experience. The website painted a picture of caution so I left my two younger kids at home and only took my older kid. My two younger one definitely could have made it. Recommend packing lunch and plenty of water, sunscreen bug repellant and the idea of making a fun day of it. It was a great walk... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A short 40 minute drive from Charleston, Botany Bay is the remnants of two cotton plantations. Now a wildlife refuge run by the state of South Carolina, the jewel is the unspoiled and scenic "skeleton" beach. So named because of the hundreds of dead trees lining the beach and bleached white in the sun. A wonderful setting for photos with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The volunteer at the entrance was knowledgable and helpful. The walk to the beach was not long but hot at mid afternoon. It was very different from a typical beach (no swimming) and beautiful. We had downloaded the audio app which is a great addition to the free map with information about various locations on the driving tour. Look for... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We donloaded the iPhone app from South Carolina DNR site ($2.99) that provided a narrative to go with the beautiful scenery and historic sites. We all very much enjoyed it. Also took the short (1/2 mile) hike to the beach - well worth the effort. This was probably my favorite thing from our week visit to Edisto.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One reason to visit Edisto is the fact that it is off the beaten path and a bit like going back in time. Botany Bay is a trip waaayyyyy back in time. Unspoiled beauty and magnificent vistas that are unlike any other. Free admission make this a must outing for anyone visiting the area. Caution, there is a 1/2 mile... More 

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