Beaches and Swimming in Folly Beach, SC
Swimming is allowed on all the beaches of Folly. There is access to the beach at the end of every block. There is one wheelchair access ramp at 9th Street on West Ashley.
Highlighted below are two of Folly’s most popular beaches plus some important beach safety information.
Folly Beach County Park
All of the beaches on Folly Island are beautiful, but the most beautiful area of “untouched” beach is at the Folly Beach County park at the west end of Folly. To get there, take West Ashley all the way to the west end of the Island. The street dead-end’s into the Folly Beach County Park.Amenities include 2500 feet of ocean frontage, 200 feet of river frontage, dressing areas, outdoor showers, restrooms, boardwalks, picnic areas, and a snack bar (seasonally). Boogie boards, bicycles, umbrellas, and chair rentals are also available between Labor Day and Memorial Day with lifeguards on duty during the summer season, as well.
Learn more about directions, hours, rates, rentals and more on the Charleston County Parks website.
Center Street Beach
This beach is located on both sides of the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. In season, this is always a very busy beach – and great for people watching!Here you can rent Jet Skis & Boogie Boards, purchase food and beverages from the BLU Tiki Bar and restaurant or the Pier 101 on the Pier, watch the locals play halfball, take a walk on the Folly Pier or watch the surfers. It’s important to remember when you’re in the water, stay away from the Pier. You don’t want to be “hooked” by one of the Pier fishermen! And often, there are some severe undertows around the Pier.
General Safety Information
To get the most out of your Folly Beach experience, make sure to be aware of the following rules and safety precautions.
Tides & Surf
We’ve all heard the cautionary tales – someone is swimming at the beach, when all of a sudden they get caught up in a dangerous rip current and are carried out to sea. Read our blog on how to recognize a rip current, and how to get out of one, here.
Be careful of dead jellyfish that wash ashore – they can still sting!The only proven effective first aid treatment for the skin pain of jellyfish stings is the use of cold packs or ice. Apply cold to the stung area for 5-15 minutes then re-apply, if necessary. It will stop the skin pain in 98% of cases.
Sharks live in the ocean of course and do make appearances from time to time. Take a look at our blog on sharks for tips on avoiding them, here.