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Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area

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Address: Botany Bay Rd, Botany Bay Rd, 29438 , Edisto Island, South Carolina, Edisto Island, SC 29438
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Really peaceful and beautiful drive

With places to stop everywhere and beautiful flora to see. We knew wildlife was there but all we saw today was an owl. It was cool and windy so mammals probably stayed hidden... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Andover, Massachusetts, United States
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

With the closing of the beach due to Hurrican Matthew there isn't much to see here. We drove along the road and stopped at one of the 'plantation ruins'. That is not an accurate description. It only took us about 15 minutes to drive the loop through the Plantation and then we left. It was a long ride to Edisto... More 

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Globe, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With places to stop everywhere and beautiful flora to see. We knew wildlife was there but all we saw today was an owl. It was cool and windy so mammals probably stayed hidden, they don't usually like the wind. There is an attendant at the gate with maps and a driving tour dialog printed that will help you understand what... More 

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WINONA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 6-mile drive was very pleasant. You can stop just about any time you want or just cruise through the plantation. The stops are very enlightening about early plantation living. The literature defines each numbered stop quite well and the walks are pleasant reanging from just a few steps to maybe a quarter mile. Unfortunately the beach that was destroyed... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I were looking for something to do here besides kayaking or bicycling. We are both 65, and although active, neither of the above activities appealed to us. This leisurely drive was perfect on a day that was slightly overcast. Each time we stopped at one of the "sites", there was a pleasant breeze and no bugs. The... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Scenic 6 mile driving tour with some stops for walking around. Well mapped out with lots of local history. The only downside was that the trail to the undeveloped beach was washed out in the hurricane and has not yet been repaired. Definitely still worth doing and they told us they hope to have the trail open by summer.

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Rangeley, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the driving tour. Not able to see beach area but enjoyed the property very much. A must to see.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

My family and I have walked the beach at Botany Bay for several years. It was disappointing to visit this past weekend and find out that the beach is closed now to visitors due to the damage from Hurricane Matthew last October. The wooden bridge leading to the marsh walk was destroyed and we were told that there was a... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Botany Bay is definitely an interesting nature area. There is a 6.5 mile dirt road drive around the property with a few stops as explained in a very good Driving Tour map provided when you sign in. That being said, the "ruins" are minimal at best with the write ups describing things that are left to your imagination and some... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Botany Bay is the most unspoiled beach I have ever been to - and that includes the 'secluded' beaches of the Caribbean. The driving trail is wonderful, and full of history. The beach walk is fascinating, walking on the boardwalk to the island and then more boardwalk to the beach is full of things to see - unfortunately, Hurricane Matthew... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

I visited on February 15 and 16, 2017. The walkway to the beach is still closed due to the Hurricane last fall. Even with the beach access close it is still well worth the visit. I went through several times on my visit and each time I saw something new. The wildlife is abundant . If you like Bird watching... More 

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