Fortunately, Raccoon Island is a place that coastal development passed by. Imagine Kiawah or Daniel Island before they were cleared — giant live oaks, intact maritime forest, no sound save a few boats going south or a crabber checking pots. It’s an amazing piece of land.
120 acres of upland surrounded by 1600 acres of marsh and connected to the mainland by a causeway, Raccoon Island sits on a deep bank of the South Edisto River and Intracoastal Waterway. The island’s cabin, nicknamed the “gin-house lodge”, a restored, two-story cotton gin, is one of those dwellings you just have to see to understand. Cozy, quiet, full of character — it’s a fine spot to hang out on any day in every season.
The outdoor possibilities and activities make up a long list, and plenty of them are already in place. Saltwater fishing and deer hunting are very good on and around the island. With a long series of well-maintained woods roads and small fields, it’s set up for horses, walking, golf-carting, dove fields, and future duck hunting opportunities. The surrounding mass of salt marsh is full of redfish, marsh hens, and countless wading birds. It would a be a superb spot to set up a sporting clays course or a release quail program. Just the same, it’s already a small wildlife haven as it sits.
At the end of the day, Raccoon Island is a place that can only be appreciated when you see it, and I love an excuse to get on the golf cart and ride around.