The only thing better than a day of canoeing down the Edisto River is a second day of canoeing down the Edisto River. Extend your trip by taking advantage of the many sandbars hosted in portions of the river with lots of tight turns. Be sure to check water levels—lower is better for finding a perfect sandbar. Once you’ve arrived, anything below the high water line is fair game—just don’t trespass into the woods (although if you do, you’re more likely to be confronted by a venomous snake than a human).
North of Charleston, the Santee River offers its own football field-sized sandbars, just waiting for you to claim them for a weekend. Pick up a Coastal Expeditions map from the local outfitter [514-B Mill St., Mount Pleasant; (843) 884-7684; www.coastalexpeditions.com] to scout your put-in and take-out spots, and peruse Google Earth to find your campsite of choice.