Welcome to FRESPACE!

Post-Hurricane Matthew State Park Updates

The Edisto Beach State Park re-opened on November 18, 2016.  The beachfront day-use area, Live Oak Campground, cabins, education center and boat ramp have all resumed normal operating hours. The oceanfront campground will remain closed while undergoing repairs and is expected to open in September 2017.  For additional details, please visit the SC State Park Website.

January 2017 Trail Update:  The Scott Creek and Campground Trails are now open!  In addition, visitors may hike along the mile-long forested road leading to the historic cabins.


We are FRESPACE, that is FRiends of Edisto Beach State Park and the Edisto ACE Basin NERR (National Estuarine Research Reserve) and (EIC) Environmental Learning Center.  Founded in October 2002, we are a South Carolina corporation with tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.

Our purpose is to solicit volunteers and raise funds to support local educational and recreational projects for the public by enhancing the park systems, Environmental Learning Center, Ranger Station, and park grounds.

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Edisto Beach State Park (EBSP)

Edisto Beach State Park is one of the most popular parks in the entire state.  If offers:

  • miles of hiking and walking trails
  • a beautiful 1.5 mile beach
  • a 1, 255 acre maritime forest filled with live oaks and some of the tallest palmetto trees in the state
  • miles of pristine marshland
  • boat landing
  • lodging cabins, camping, and picnic areas/shelters
  • EBSP also offers the state’s longest system of handicapped-friendly hiking and biking trails

Edisto Beach State Park Environmental Learning Center

  • check out the Learning Center’s program schedule for September 2016 (PDF)
  • youth and adult programs
  • hands-on interactive exhibits
  • a touch tank
  • educational movie theater
  • indoor/outdoor classroom programs
  • park trails can be accessed from the Center
  • home of the National Register of Historic Places Bache Monument


The ACE Basin  is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the east coast of the United States. The ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) was designated in 1992 as a partnership program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). The ACE Basin NERR aims to protect the natural beauty, abundant wildlife and unique cultural heritage of the area through long-term research, water-quality monitoring, education and coastal stewardship.

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It was a great day to be in Big Bay Creek and Scott Creek with fellow FRESPACE members. Thank you, Edisto Watersports and Tackle! ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago  ·  

Had a great FRESPACE annual meeting. Our thanks to our officers, members, and the great staff at the Environmental Learning Center and Edisto Beach State Park. Also, our appreciation to Edisto Beach BiLo for providing the pastries for our coffee hour and to our corporate sponsor Edisto Watersports and Tackle for making the boat trip and kayaking available to our members. ... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago  ·  

Beautiful day at the beach for Park Volunteers working with DNR to fence off the nesting grounds for our plovers and least terns. We are expecting a bunch this year with our "big" beach. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago  ·  

On Thursday April 20th, the State Park will be roping off the sandy plateau along the north end of the beach for nesting Wilson’s plovers and Least Terns, both State Threatened Species in South Carolina. Volunteers are needed to help dig in posts, screw in signs and rope the area. Please bring work gloves and a pocket knife. Time on the beach will be about 3 hours, so dress accordingly and bring water, snacks, hat, and sunscreen. Meet at the parking lot by the beach access point near the White House at 10:00 am. ... See MoreSee Less

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