What to do and see in Folly Beach, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 29, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

A barrier island where you can see loggerhead turtles nesting, dolphins playing and bald eagles soaring in the sky, Folly Beach offers a kick-off-your-shoes beach lifestyle where the livin’ is easy and the fish always seem to be biting. All of the beaches on Folly Island are superb, but, arguably the Folly Beach County Park, at the island’s west end, is perhaps the best with amenities like 2,500 feet of ocean frontage, picnic areas and boogie board, bicycle, umbrella and chair rentals available between Labor Day and Memorial Day. “Drop a line” is a common local saying and for good reason. Anglers can select from surf fishing, river fishing, pier fishing and deep-sea fishing. Head to the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, which is 24 feet wide extending more then 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, making it perfect for fishing, strolling and bird and dolphin watching. For adventurous types, you can kayak around Folly Beach and James Island, jet ski, parasail or ride a bicycle along Folly’s six mile of beachfront.
Restaurants in Folly Beach

1. Folly Beach Fishing Pier

101 East Arctic Avenue, Folly Beach, SC 29439 +1 843-588-3474
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 436 reviews

Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Reviewed By 2doglady - Knoxville, Tennessee

The Folly Beach Pier is a main attraction here. You either do the beach stuff, shop for souvenir stuff, or eat in Folly Beach. So the pier is a neat place to hang out. The pier has steps up or you have beach access right under the stair area. There are a number of benches if you are fishing or just enjoying the view. There is $5 parking at the pier and across the street. The pier itself is free. There is a giant beach chair that you can sit on that makes a fun beach photo. It is right beside the restaurant at the front of the pier. The pier goes a good ways out over the water and there is a two story part for even better views. This is a nice spot to just enjoy the area.

2. Folly Beach Public Beach

Arctic Ave., Folly Beach, SC 29439
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Folly Beach Public Beach

Reviewed By TerpVirginia - Herndon, VA

The family and I stayed at accommodations on the beach, so it was easy to get to. We came here for the first half of Spring Break, but it was cold/cool and cloudy most of the time, which is no good for a beach trip. No one could really sit out there, so ending doing a few walks over the days. The beach itself was rather clean, but there were black oil-like streaks throughout. Maybe wouldn't have minded so much if the weather was good.

3. Folly Beach County Park

1100 W Ashley AVE, Folly Beach, SC 29439 +1 843-588-2426
Excellent
61%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Folly Beach County Park

Reviewed By sc40sumthin - Greenville, South Carolina

Folly beach has been my favorite SC beach for many years however this was my first time at the county park - absolutely beautiful! Wide open beach, dunes, natural environment with no houses in view. The tide pools offer interesting finds and lots of starfish to see! Looking forward to my next visit and spending more time here.
Restrooms, changing stations and showers also available.

4. Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve

1746 E Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve

Reviewed By RubyLynda - Baltimore

I almost hate to rate this hidden gem. If too many people know how special it is , they may ruin the mystique.

5. James Island County Park

871 Riverland Drive, SC 29412 +1 843-795-7275
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

James Island County Park

Reviewed By Karen T - Summerfield, Florida

Holiday festival of lights, what more can I say! Hubby and I decided to stop here on our way to the Biltmore estate. The lights, displays, food, everything about it was great. You do need walking shoes because it is so large. Plenty of parking. Beautiful walking paths, a train ride to see displays, fun activities for kiddies, and of course, Christmas music all around. It was well worth the extra night stay just to do this activity. And it was well worth the price of admission.

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