Folly Beach Pier
The Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier is 24 feet wide, extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, and is 23 feet above sea level. Known as one of the best places to go saltwater fishing in Charleston, visitors and locals also take advantage of the miles of Folly Beach views, bird watching, and walking. Check out one of the best views of the “Edge of America” from the Folly Beach Pier. http://ccprc.com/index.aspx?
In addition to the views, the Folly Beach Pier hosts special events, fishing tournaments, and dining. At the end of the pier, a 7,500 square foot diamond-shaped platform is home to Moonlight Mixers. DJ Jim Bowers will host and play classic oldies and beach music while guests enjoy one of the largest Shag dance events in the Lowcountry. In 2014, the Moonlight Mixers will be held on May 30, June 20, July 25, August 8, August 29, and September 19.
The Folly Beach Pier is also home to Locklear’s Beach Grill restaurant. Locklear’s is home to fresh seafood, live music, and one of the best views on Folly Beach. Locklear’s also offers private party dining.
Folly Beach Pier fishing tournaments are held monthly through the spring and summer. Register online for the fishing tournaments the day before the event or you can register at 6 a.m. the day of the tournament. You can purchase rental equipment for the fishing tournaments, and participants may only fish with two rods. Tournament fees and parking fees are subject to change. Prizes are awarded by a tournament in several different categories.
Before the current Folly Beach Pier and tackle shop were built in 1995, the Folly Beach oceanfront looked a lot different than it does today. According to the City of Folly, in the 1930’s the Pier, Atlantic Pavilion, Boardwalk, and the Ocean Hotel were completed. In 1937, 15,000 people celebrated the 4th of July on the Folly Beach Pier. In the 1960’s, also referred to as the Golden Era of Folly, Pat Thomas introduced the first surfboard, and Ocean Plaza opened with rides, shops, 1700 feet of boardwalk and the pier.
In 1977, the pier burned and arson was the suspected cause of the fire. On September 22, Hurricane Hugo, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall on Sullivan’s Island. Winds were estimated between 135-140 mph and devastated the South Carolina coast. Entire houses were flattened, blown away, and washed away by a massive 11.9-foot storm surge. In 1995, the current Folly Beach pier and tackle shop were built.
Fishing Pier Features
- Annual Events including dances & fishing tournaments
- 1400 Square Foot Covered Shelter
- Rod Rentals
- Restrooms / Handicap Accessible
- Gift & Tackle Shop