Each summer, we take a day off, pack the cooler, throw our beach gear in the truck, and head to Folly Beach – a little gem of a town, sparkling at the edge of America. If you usually go to Isle of Palms or Edisto, try Folly for something new. It’s a laid back beach where folks of all sorts congregate to swim and soak up the sun. “Slow down, it’s Folly” is their slogan. About 2 hours away via I-26 and Folly Road.
Beach Use: Parking: The law lets you park along the road, as long as your tires are completely off the pavement and you’re not blocking anything or anyone. There are also pay parking lots and parking at Folly Beach County Park. Pets: Animals are not allowed on the beach between 10am – 6pm from May 1st through October 30th. At other times, pets must be on a leash. Most beach access points provide baggies for pet waste. Lifeguards: At Folly Beach County Park, they’re on duty from 10am – 6pm every day through mid-August and on weekends through September.
Folly Beach County Park: Located on the west end of the island, between the ocean and the Folly River. Skimmer Flats, a major Eastern Brown Pelican rookery, is visible at the west end of the park. Dolphins are often spotted at the far end of the park, where the river flows out. Snack bar, chair and umbrella rentals are seasonally available. Open now through Labor Day 9am – 7pm; September 10am – 6pm. 1100 West Ashley Ave. | 843.588.2426
Kayak Tours: Folly Beach Adventures offers guided kayak tours of the Folly River. See Folly Beach from a different perspective as you paddle your way along the river and up the small creeks that feed into it. They provide a guide, the boats (10-12 foot kayaks that are beginner friendly and easy to handle) life vests and paddles. There is a 2-person minimum and the cost is $40 per person. 112 East Indian Ave, FB | 843.696.2217
Shelling Trip to Morris Island – Island Hopper Charters offers you a chance to visit one of South Carolina’s most historic barrier islands. Accessible only by boat, Morris Island offers great shelling and breathtaking views of the famous Morris Island Lighthouse. Reservations must be made in advance. $150-$200 (1-6 people). 843.906.4656
Folly Beach Breakfast: Black Magic Cafe Healthy with a twist of naughty… best bets for breakfast (served all day): Fried Chicken Biscuit, Beach Burrito with avocado, Biscuits and Rosemary Country Sausage Gravy or Garlic Shrimp Omelet. For a scrumptious lunch try their Avocado BLT, Shrimp Burrito or Chucktown Chicken Salad. Hours: 8am – 3pm everyday | 103 W. Erie Ave, FB 843.633.0025
Great Music and a Drink: Loggerhead’s Beach Grill Live music every single evening. Two artists featured Sun – Thurs and three bands perform on Fri and Sat. Acoustic, lowcountry rock, genre varies. Open 11am – 2am everyday | 123 W. Ashley Ave., FB| 843.588.2365.