Edisto Beach Trail Running

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There are 7 trails within the park’s boundaries, two of which are significantly longer than the rest, though none of the trails are longer than 2 miles. The Spanish Mount Trail-a 1.7 mile long stroll through pine and hardwoods that leads to one of the oldest Native American shell mounds in the country.

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Logan Waddell

Destination Distance From Downtown

35.8 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Fees Permits

$5.00 Entry Fee

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Review

It’s easy to forget you are only 5 minutes away from civilization at Edisto Beach State Park. This spit of land rests in between the Atlantic ocean and salt marsh, and induces the feeling that you just might be on a desert island. The town of Edisto Island is a few paces outside of the park’s entrance, but running along the beach, or on one of the island’s 7 trails feels like running back in time with nothing but the ocean surrounding you. Edisto Beach State Park is one of only four oceanside State Parks in South Carolina, and arguably the most beautiful.

What Makes it Great There are 7 trails within the park’s boundaries, two of which are significantly longer than the rest, though none of the trails are longer than 2 miles. The Spanish Mount Trail-a 1.7 mile long stroll through pine and hardwoods that leads to one of the oldest Native American shell mounds in the country. This is the longest trail in the park, and a great starting point for a trail run. The Scott Creek Trail is the second longest trail at about .7 miles. This trail will lead you over the marsh via three separate boardwalks, as well as through the forest within the park. We highly recommend checking out all of the trails within the park, even the .5 mile Forest Loop Trail.

Who’s Going to Love It Anyone who wants the opportunity to run beneath the shade of live oaks, or catch a glimpse at some of the wildlife on the island. If you want to lengthen your run, Park at the Environmental Learning Center, take the Big Bay Trail to The Spanish Mount Trail, and veer right onto the Scott Creek Trail. This will lead you onto the beach, where you can tack on another out-and-back two miles. The trail system may not be extensive, but it is well worth checking out. Running on the beach is just gravy inside Edisto Beach State Park. After you’ve had your fill of running through maritime forests and sandy trails, go run beside the mighty Atlantic Ocean for quite a change of scenery.

Directions Trailhead/Regulations The Park is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter, with extended hours during the longer days of the spring and summer months (basically dawn to dusk). there is a small admission fee of $5.00 to gain entry into the park. Go here to check out some incredibly cool Native American history, beautiful marsh views, and to run through every type of landscape the lowcountry offers. We may sound like a broken record, but bring mosquito/gnat repellent, otherwise you won’t make it further than 20 feet outside of your car before having a mental breakdown.

Location

Edisto Beach State Park

101 Palmetto Boulevard
Edisto Island, SC, 29438
32.504107, -80.296771

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