Explore Botany Bay



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Added by Seth Berry

Step back in time along the South Carolina lowcountry where you can explore the 4,600-acre preserved plantation and about 3 miles of undeveloped coastline.

Located approximately 45 miles south of historic Charleston, SC, this 4,600-acre Plantation Heritage Preserve is on Edisto Island. Already when approaching the Botany Bay Plantation, you are astonished by the magnificent avenue of oaks which prompts many visitors to pull over and take a photo. Continue on to the entrance where you will begin a 6.5 free self-guided driving tour from inside your own vehicle.

Throughout the driving tour, there are plenty of places to pull off and stop to learn about the history and main features of the plantation including the archaeological structures of historical significance. But most visitors come to explore the virtually untouched 3 miles of beach.

Along the beautiful coastline, you can marvel at the variety and multitudes of sea shells and artifacts, however they are not allowed to be taken. But perhaps the most beautiful part of the beach is the erosion that has left a “bone yard” of dead trees along the white sand, creating a unique photo opportunities during the day and at sunrise and sunset.

It only takes about a half-mile to walk from the parking area to the beach along the Pockoy Island Trail, but then you can continue exploring as far as you want along the beach.

This trip is perfect for families and kids interested in history, couples looking for a romantic get-away on a quiet beach, and photographers who cherish stunning photo opportunities.

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Best southern beach

Botany Bay is the most beautiful beach South Carolina has to offer, it’s rich with full in-tact shells and driftwood covering the beach, there’s not many beaches left that have shells covering the sand, it’s actually illegal to take anything off of the beach and because of that it makes the experience 10x better. There’s a long dirt road leading to parking and be ready for about a mile long hike on a board walk to the actual beach itself but so worth the views and it’s closed every Tuesday!

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almost 5 years ago


Take nothing and leave nothing but footprints. The shells littering the beach are for the beach.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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