The park covers 1,255 acres and includes marshland and tidal rivers, a 1½-mile-long beachfront, towering palmettos, and a lush maritime forest with a 6-mile trail running through it. The trail is hard-packed shell sand, suitable for bikes and wheelchairs. The park has the best shelling beach on public property in the Lowcountry. Overnight options include rustic furnished cabins (with basic, no-frills decor) by the marsh and campsites by the ocean. This park stays extremely
busy, so with only seven cabins (the park system struggles to maintain their livability), you have to reserve as far as 11 months in advance. The campsites (117) are another story: reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two campgrounds, one on the beach with 64 sites, another called Live Oak with 53 sites. Amongst those are five rustic, hike-in tent sites on the creek. The small ranger station has some fishing poles to lend and firewood for sale. Restrooms and showers are especially clean. Pets on leashes up to 6 feet long are allowed. The park's nearby Environmental Learning Center is worth a visit. Amenities: parking; showers; toilets. Best for: solitude; sunset; swimming; walking.