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- Information Sign
- Scenic Observation
- Point of Interest
- Trail Head
- Handicap Access
- No Pets
- No Camping
The 4,600-acre preserve includes almost three miles of undeveloped, breathtaking beachfront that you’ll never forget. 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.
When you get to the four-way stop on the Tour Route, turn right into the beach access parking lot. There you’ll find the trailhead to the picturesque Pockoy Island Trail—there is a causeway built by slaves that takes you over the marsh and through a densely wooded hammock. Then cross a small barrier island to arrive at the preserve’s 2.8 miles of seashore.
Erosion on Botany Bay Beach has left a “boneyard” of dead trees along the sand, creating a unique coastline you’ve got to walk to fully appreciate. Shell collection is prohibited; as a result the beach is full of whelks, scallops, clams, mussels, oysters, sea stars and sand dollars.
The area is open for general public visitation during daylight hours (a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset). The area is closed on Tuesdays and for scheduled special hunts.
Photos courtesy of Perry Baker.Directions:
To reach the entrance of Botany Bay Plantation WMA, travel down SC Highway 174 toward Edisto Beach and turn left onto Botany Bay Road, which is about 8.5 miles south of the McKinley Washington Bridge. Follow this dirt road two miles to near where it dead-ends. Turn left at the gate into the property. The kiosk at the main gate contains maps and other important information.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources | 585 Donnelley Drive, Green Pond, SC 29446 | (843) 844-8957