Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Beach

Sandy beach
E Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, США
7 miles from Charleston, SC
Water Quality
Unknown (read more)
Nudist beach

Beach amenities

  • Clothing optionalRead the description for more info
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • CrabbingPublic crabbing sites
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

No restrooms.

No showers.

No dogs allowed.

Limited parking.

The naturist beach area is located in close proximity to houses. Make sure you’re not visible.

Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Beach is a serene wild beach in the northeastern part of Folly Island. It is known for having a gorgeous view of the Morris Island Lighthouse and a road covered with graffiti paintings. There are also some objects on the beach that are covered with graffiti.

Location and Access

To find the beach, go till the very end of Ashley Ave, and you’ll see the beach with large stones on the sand. The walk from the entrance to the beach is about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile. The preserve is open from sunrise to sunset.

Parking is very limited. It is prohibited to leave your car near the preserve entrance. Find a free place somewhere in the street.

Naturist Beach

Unlike other preserves, Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve features an official nude area called Naturist Beach.

Drive along Ashley Ave till the last house. You’ll see a Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve information shield to your right. No parking is allowed at this spot. To the right from the information shield, you’ll see a sandy path. It leads to Naturist Beach.

Naturist Beach features no ‘Nudity allowed’ signs but the police know that it’s an officially designated nude beach. They ask nudists to stay unnoticed to the people living in nearby houses.

Driving Time

  • 30 minutes from Downtown Charleston, SC
  • 2 hours 20 minutes from Columbia, SC
  • 2 hours 30 minutes from Florence, SC

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Visitor questions:

Question: Hi, Mariam! Can you tell me how this area of the beach looks at high tide? I have a couple who wants to get married about an hour and a half before "high tide" next weekend. I told them there might not be enough uncovered beach to stand on if we do it at that time, but I thought I would check with the expert :) Thank you! Lynsey
Asked by Lynsey 6 months ago
Answer: Dear Lynsey, you are absolutely right - at high tide, almost the whole beach gets covered with water. Marrying there an hour and a half before high tide is risky. What if bride and groom arrive later than expected? Unexpected delays often happen on wedding days. If so, the girl's beautiful white dress will get wet. Also, the current is pretty strong during high tide. The best time to visit this beach is during low tide. Best wishes to the happy couple!
Question: Is this a nude beach?
Asked by Hunter about 1 month ago
Answer: The major part of Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Beach is meant for people wearing swimsuits but there is one nude section as well. To find the nude section, drive along Ashley Ave till the end, turn right near the information shield, and go down the sandy path. It leads to the nude section. Have a nice day! No tan lines!
Question: Is this a friendly area to visit?
Asked by Carlisle 29 days ago
Answer: Yes, it is! Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Beach is a very friendly beach, and nude sunbathing is officially allowed here.

Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve Beach videos

Morris Island Lighthouse
A fantastic drone made video of the lighthouse
Lighthouse on the “Edge of America”
A perfect video of the beach, the lighthouse, and the graffiti road

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Folly Beach, South Carolina E Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, США (Open on Google Maps)
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