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Camping at Edisto in April

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Camping at Edisto in April

We have booked a week at Live Oak at Edisto State Park over Easter break and would like to hear from folks who've camped there in the spring.

We plan to go to Charleston, what other activities would you recommend for our family of 6?

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1. Re: Camping at Edisto in April

We have never camped there, but April should be a good time - pleasant weather and fewer bugs than in some months. Do bring insect repellant, especially if anyone in your group in sensitive to "no-see-ums". (Repellants with "deet" work for no-see-ums)

Between Edisto and Charleston, see the Charleston Tea Plantation (North America's only working tea plantation) and the irvin-House winery, both on Wadmalaw Island. Visit the 1400-year-old Angel Oak tree on John's Island (free admission, and an amazing site). Drive down to the historic town of Beaufort, just north of Savannah.

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2. Re: Camping at Edisto in April

Edisto Island is a great place to look for fossils and shark teeth, they are abundant. You could easily find a dozen or so teeth in an hours time once you realize what you are looking for. I forget the name, but the reptile/alligator place on the way into Edisto Island is an okay place if you have an afternoon to kill - nothing astonishing.

Between Charleston and Edisto are several old plantation homes which are also nice places to visit.

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3. Re: Camping at Edisto in April

Edisto Beach State Park is divided into 2 sections: one on the beach and one that is more inland (approx 1/3 mile "inland"). Live Oak is the inland section. It has cabins & campgrounds. Wooded & lots of shade. A couple of level trails that are good for hiking and biking. There is a paved bike trail that runs along Hwy 174 from Live Oak to the beach. I have never camped there but have walked the trails. Make sure you bring lots of bug repellant. No-seeums & mosquitoes can be fierce in that area this time of year. I assume that you will also be given access to the beachfront section of the park for day use. There are picnic tables, restrooms, & rooms for changing there.

I would recommend bringing bikes if you can (or you can rent them from a commerical vendor at the beach). Biking is a primary mode of transportation at Edisto Beach. Shelling, swimming, fishing, and walking along the beach are considered favorite activities. The same folks that rent the bikes also rent kayaks for paddling around the creeks.

In Charleston is a wide variety of activities to enjoy. Your kids would probably enjoy the South Carolina Aquarium downtown. They will probably also enjoy just wandering around the Market area, where vendors sell everything from touristy t-shirts to handmade arts items. A visit to Patriots Point across the Coopef River in Mount Pleasant is also fun for kids. There they get to tour an aircraft carrier (the Yorktown), a submarine, and several other ships. A carriage ride through downtown is also a good activity that kids enjoy (all the carriage drivers start their tours at the Market).

Edisto Beach is around 45 miles from Charleston; generally takes a little over an hour to get there.

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Your family might enjoy a shelling trip. Call Capn' Ron (ask for his number when you get there). He takes groups on his boat out to a little island "Shell Island" and leaves you for 2 hours. Each person can bring home a bag or pail of shells. You will be amazed at the number of shells. You'll easily fill your bag with, huge, gorgeous shells. It's a wonderful way to spend the morning. There is no shade, so take drinks, etc.. It seems a little too long, so take a blanket or towels to sit on and enjoy the lovely scenery. You can swim, although don't go in too deep. We saw a shark the first time we went! The water is beautiful and warm and inviting, but pretty close to the fishy areas and marshes, that's why the sharks like it there. You can certainly splash around and cool off safely, though. You may see Loggerhead turtle tracks and nests and Great white Egrets. Lucky for you if you go in April you won't be in intense heat, which would make it a lot more pleasant.

Have a fun trip!

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