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3/31/2010 Take Back Nature at Edisto on Warm Pre-Summer Days

Edisto Island, S.C.As spring settles in with longer days, and summer lies just around the proverbial corner, this quiet coastal island destination in the South Carolina Lowcountry gets set to take in all the natural bounty that abounds during high season here. Visitors and residents languish in the warm sunny days and natural beauty with a wide range of activities starting in May.

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust will host an annual Back to Nature Celebration on Saturday, May 15. Outings that day include hikes, bird and butterfly walks, creek fishing, and guided shrimp boat tours. The celebration continues on Sunday, May 16, with the Legacy Live Oak dedication. For more information, check out or call 843-869-7820.

The evening before, Learning through Loggerheads, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of loggerhead sea turtles, will host a fundraising event to raise money to support its student education programs. The event, priced for every budget at $5.00 (larger donations are also accepted), will feature food from local restaurants, a DJ, and dancing, and will be held on May 14 from 6-10 p.m. at 7671 Big Creek Road. For more information, call 843-869-2998 or visit

Those longing for a taste of the local catch await the Edisto Beach Fire Department’s annual fish fry, to be held May 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club, located at 2907 Myrtle Street, Edisto Beach. Meanwhile, June brings Sweet Corn Day, a family celebration of the island’s renowned corn crop, to be held on Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at King’s Market, located at 2559 Highway 174, Edisto Island.

Golfers prepare to take a swing as the Edisto Island Open Land Trust sponsors the annual Tomato Open Golf Tournament. The tourney, which is scheduled for June 25, will be held at the Plantation Course at Edisto, located within the Wyndham Resort across from Big Bay Creek on Edisto Beach. For more information, visit

In addition to these scheduled events, summer also brings nature lovers out to Botany Bay Plantation, a wildlife management area set on over 4000 acres of forest, marsh, and beach. Botany Bay Eco Tours offers a variety of eco-tours here, by foot, kayak, or boat. Visitors may also explore this pristine natural area on their own. Hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the summer months, excluding Tuesdays. For more information, call 843-869-2998 or visit Other parts of the island are easily explored via a guided kayak excursion with Edisto Watersports & Tackle. For prices and tour times, visit or call 843-869-0663.  Additionally, Island Bikes and Outfitters offers guided kayak tours of Edisto’s most secluded estuaries and beaches. More information can be found by calling 843-869-4444 or by visiting

After a long day at play, some may be enticed by a seat indoors at the Edisto Lions Club, which will be hosting Bingo on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and games begin at 8 p.m. It is recommended that visitors arrive early to get a seat. Fun for all ages, Bingo will begin on June 8th, and run through August 12th, and will be held at the Lions Club, located at 2907 Myrtle Street, Edisto Beach.

Set in a rare, sparsely-developed corner of the world, Edisto, with its vast green spaces, ancient live oaks, wide open marsh views, and quiet, pristine beach, offers a coastal island experience uncommon today among Eastern seaboard communities. Visitors and residents arrive under a live oak canopy via Highway 174, recently designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway. Here, there’s a slower pace of life, coupled with a broad range of year-round recreational activities, all set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. This is the coastal island destination that is said to offer its own “state of mind…any time, any season.” For more information, please call the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867 or 1-888-333-2781 or visit


  Edisto Chamber of Commerce
42 Station Court
P.O. Box 206
Edisto Island, SC 29438


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