Storm rolling in across the Atlantic
After an uneventful 2 1/2 hour drive we arrived on Edisto Island, South Carolina for a one week stay at Edisto Beach State Park. Let me begin this post by stating, IF you have a big rig and wish to stay in this park, BE SURE to make reservations well in advance. Then, MAKE CERTAIN those reservations have you in the Ocean Loop, if it is Live Oak Loop, DRIVE AWAY FAST!
We are camped in the Live Oak Loop and even though park literature suggest otherwise, it is not big rig friendly. The loop is heavily wooded, the roads are narrow, curving and tight. You can get in IF you’re skilled, take your time and have someone to help guide you in and don’t mind a lot of cussing. The majority of the sites in this loop appear unlevel and ours, site #94, is the worst. No exaggeration here. Our site has no level ground. Suite Pea sits with both tires on the door side up on 2 boards and still leans, because of the position of the firepit and trees, there is nothing more we can do. We did request moving to another site but the ranger, who wasn’t rude, just unhelpful and noncommittal, told us all of the sites were reserved.
Other negatives for this loop are mosquitoes, no satellite, some road noise, although it isn’t overpowering. The dump station is inconveniently located outside the park, across the main island road.
The pluses are we have good 50 amp service with water hookups, the water pressure is excellent. The water tastes salty though. The Verizon signal is good and we definitely have plenty of privacy screening between sites.
We did drive through the Ocean Loop. The vast majority of those sites are sunny, open spaces and mostly level. These sites are 30 amp with water. Ample room to maneuver a big rig but all of the roads in the entire park are in bad shape. The nice breeze off the water seems to help keep the bugs at bay in this loop.
The park is close to the Atlantic Ocean in an uncrowded area.A bonus for us is it’s a dog friendly beach and excellent for shelling. The restrooms were clean, I did not check the showers to see if they worked. The town of Edisto Beach has a small BiLo grocery store that is quite adequate.There is a Shell gas station but best to gas up before arriving so you’re not at their mercy pricewise. There are also a few restaurants. There is no laundromat and no laundry facilities at the state park. I was told the nearest laundry was about 30 miles away.
You can weigh the pros and cons for yourself. I know everyone’s idea of the perfect campsite varies.