The Folly Beach Fishing Pier is a breathtaking landmark that stretches 1,045 feet into the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. At 25-feet wide and 23-feet above sea level, the pier is the second longest on the east coast and offers not only spectacular views, but some of the best saltwater fishing in the area.

The pier, which opened in the mid 1990s, includes a large, two-story gazebo which plays host to a variety of fishing tournaments and special events and can be used for public gatherings and functions. The base of the pier houses a private restaurant and a convenience shop operated by the PRC offering souvenirs and concessions in addition to fishing supplies.

Fishing, walking, birding and the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the “Edge of America” are just some of the possibilities at the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier. The pier is free to visit and is open to the public year round. To help fund maintenance and staffing, a parking fee is charged at the pier facility and the county park.


Well over 100 years old, the Morris Island Lighthouse is the third lighthouse in its current location just off the coast of Folly Beach. Construction began in 1872 and the lighthouse was first used in 1876.

It is most notable for its slight NE lean, which is believed to have been the result of the earthquake of 1886. The Save the Light, Inc. non-profit now manages the general upkeep and preservation of the lighthouse through continued fundraising and awareness campaigns. The lighthouse can be accessed via the Lighthouse Inlet at the end of East Ashley Avenue, or via the beach.


The Folly Beach County Park provides a guarded swimming area open to the general public complete with concessions, a picnic area, open-air gathering space and restrooms.

Folly 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 Memorial Day and Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season.


The River Park is located on the backside of the island, just as you come over the Folly River Bridge, adjacent to Center Street. It includes a community dock, which will allow residents and visitors to fish, crab and enjoy marsh vistas of sunsets. It is also a great venue for large group events and weddings. It provides a covered stage area, swings, bathrooms and walkways throughout the park..


Pirates Cove Park is located on the 5th block east between Erie and Hudson. It provides a basketball court and skate park combo, as well as a tennis court and playground area themed for Folly Beach with pirates, boats and the lighthouse slide. Kids will climb on the rope-webbed jungle gym and the shrimp boat equipped with toddler slides, monkey bars, fire pole, tunnel, rock climb, and bridge. There are baby swings, a tire swing, and little seahorse bouncer, all shaded by a large tree in the center of the play area. There is also a gazebo where you can hold a birthday party or get together and a “Little Library ” just outside of the park. Restrooms are available on site, and each area is open and free to the public. .


Adjacent to Pirate’s Cove Playground is a fenced playground for supervised exercise of man’s (and woman’s) best friends. Water is available for thirsty dogs and there is a fire hydrant if the pup drinks too much.

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Wave Watch Playground is located at the end of West Cooper Avenue on Folly Beach. The playground is completely enclosed with an abundance of swings, see-saws, slides and more. There is also a covered gazebo perfect for birthday parties and small gatherings, and a “Little Library” (free book share) just outside of the entrance.

Other Places to Explore on Folly Beach

The Coast Guard Station

The very end of East Ashley Avenue leads to the walking path though the old Coast Guard Station, now part of the county park system, to the Morris Island Lighthouse. It is a maritime forest and is a hangout for many varieties of shorebirds. The Inlet is open until sundown. A donation to the county park is appreciated.

East Shorebird Park

Shorebird Park was added in 2015 to draw attention to the local shorebird population. It is tucked in on the river side of East Ashley beyond the Washout. Bet you can’t find it! The park consists of a circular gravel area with two benches and a sign indicating the historical significance of the Shorebird. The park is open until sundown and is free to the public.

Folly Beach Community Garden

The Folly Beach Community Garden was established in 2015 by The Folly Green Team.The garden consists of sixteen 4×8 foot raised beds to be used to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers or a combination of all. Fun to see, but no harvesting please.

Folly Beach Community Center & Garden 

The Folly Beach Community Center is home to the Folly Beach Library, and is also the meeting place for several local groups and organizations. The library offers free wifi, printing and scanning services, as well as individual computers open to the public.

Folly Boat Landing

The Folly boat landing provides boaters with access to the Folly River. Access and parking are free of charge. The Folly River provides protected waters for fishing, exploring, and trips to Morris Island for closeup views of the lighthouse.

Washout Restrooms

The Washout restrooms provide a quick and easy facility for beach goers and surfers alike. Restrooms, located just beyond the Washout, are currently only available during the summer.

Folly Beach Ocean Park

The Folly Beach Ocean Park is located in the third block of West Ashley Avenue and houses restroom and shower facilities that are free and open to the public. The restrooms are currently only open during the summer.

Washout Walkovers

The Washout walkovers to the beach provide beach goers (specifically surfers) access to the ocean at the 14th block of East Ashley Avenue. Note that there is a charge for parking adjacent to the Washout.