Explore Botany Bay

South Carolina Botany Bay

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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.

Pack List

  • Vehicle
  • Picnic
  • Water
  • Good walking shoes or sandals
  • Beach wear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Camera
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.5 Miles

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Features:

Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

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11 months ago

Beautiful

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

11 months ago

Added by Seth Berry

A nature and travel photographer from South Carolina. Exploring the great outdoors, capturing stunning and breathtaking photos, and inspiring people through photography is my passion. View my work at www.SethBerryPhotography.com

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