Folly Beach Pier

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Folly Beach Pier, 101 E Arctic Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA
8 miles from Charleston, SC
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Parking is limited – it is better to arrive early.

The parking lot does not accommodate RVs and buses.

Dogs are not allowed on the pier except for service animals.

The parking fee varies a lot throughout the year – it is better to call before coming.

In addition to beach access, lifeguard station, restroom and shower facilities, and oceanfront dining, Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Pier offers scenic views and some of the best saltwater fishing in the area. Stretching 1,045 feet into the ocean, it is the second-longest pier on the east coast. It’s a great place for families as well as individual visitors!

Location, Access, and Parking

Located at 101 E. Arctic Avenue, Folly Beach Pier is open all year round. Its operation hours depend on the season. From April through October, you can visit it from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; in March and November – from 7 a.m. until sunset; and from December through January – from 8 a.m. until sunset.

There is no admission fee but you must pay for parking if you travel by car. The price schedule is very complicated, so please pay due attention: in April and September, the parking fee is $10; from May to Labor Day it’s $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and holidays; in March and October, it’s $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends; from November through February it’s $5 anytime.

Since parking is limited, it is recommended to arrive early. Prepare for possible delays when entering the parking lot. RVs and buses are not accommodated.

On-site Facilities

The beach is equipped with all necessary facilities including accessible restrooms, beach showers, chair and umbrella rentals. If you feel hungry, there is Pier 101 Restaurant and Bar with oceanfront views.

Sand and Water

The sand is fine, somewhat gray in color, well kept, clean, and with plenty of shells to pick up. The ocean is warm and peaceful, good for swimming throughout most of the year.

From June 6 to August 14, lifeguards are on duty every day. During the last week of May and the second half of August, they work on weekends only. At other times, there are no lifeguards at the beach and swimming is at your own risk.

Fishing

Folly Beach Pier is a popular place among fishermen. The fishing fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under) and seniors. If you forgot your rod, don’t worry – there are rod rentals and you can rent one for the full day for $10 (plus $25 deposit).

There are also fishing tournaments taking place on certain days in summer. No preregistration is required, you can just arrive and pay the admission fee of $10 for adults or $8 for youth and seniors.

Dog Policies

Dogs are not allowed on the pier except for service animals.

Driving Time

  • 20 minutes from Downtown Charleston, SC
  • 2 hours 5 minutes from Savannah, GA
  • 2 hours 15 minutes from Myrtle Beach, SC

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Folly Beach Pier which you can visit:

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The beach is located in Folly Beach, South Carolina Folly Beach Pier, 101 E Arctic Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: September 10, 2020