Paddle along salt marsh creeks, across the mouth of the South Edisto River, over extensive sand flats, and up onto undeveloped barrier island beaches.
Live Oak Landing is a developed public boat ramp on Big Bay Creek, operated by the Edisto Beach State Park. The Landing has a dock, boat ramps, and large gravel parking area.
Another access option is the Edisto Marina, farther down Big Bay Creek. They charge a small fee for launching a kayak.
You can start this trip at Live Oak Landing or Edisto Marin. Paddle down the creek toward the mouth of the South Edisto River. Small creek mouths can be explored as you make your way down Big Bay Creek. After exiting the creek you will paddle across the river mouth, aiming toward the point of Pine Island for the shortest route across. Depending on weather conditions and boat traffic, this part of the paddle can feel like big, open water. Once to the island, there are extensive sand bars that are exposed at low tide.
Between tides you can paddle across the sand bars. There is a tidal creek you can explore in the middle of Pine Island. Or, if you are adventurous, you can paddle up the mouth of Fish Creek, which separates Pine Island from Otter Island. Another option for exploring the island is to paddle up the mouth of the South Edisto River to the beach next to the maritime forest hammock.
It is helpful to begin this paddle at low-tide, which will give you plenty of time to explore and paddle back before the tide rises and falls again.