About Folly Beach: Folly is but a short drive from Charleston but seems light years away. It is laid back and rustic, casual to the core. It has a long distinguished history dating to the 1600’s, and it played a major role in the Civil War. But Folly’s heyday is fairly recent – the 1930’s and 40’s. George Gershwin spent weeks there in the 30’s, when he helped compose Porgy and Bess. Cottages were springing up along its pine-strawed dunes in the 1920’s . (The name Folly, by the way, comes from an old English word meaning heavily wooded). Old-timers recall the Folly Pier, where famous singers entertained. Gone is the old pier and Atlantic Pavilion and a long fishing pier and hotel replace earlier attractions. Numerous old-fashioned cottages dot the strand. A renourished beach lures vacationers. There are good seafood restaurants and colorful bars. All in all, Folly is a beachcomber’s delight.
Directions: If you cross the Ashley River Bridges and follow Folly Road to the end, you will soon come to Folly Beach, located south of Charleston.
Leash Laws: Year-round leash law in effect on the beach. $500 fine if cited. Same goes for not picking up droppings. Leashed dogs are welcome year-round. From May 1 to Sept. 30, dogs are not allowed on the beach 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
About Isle of Palms: In 1898, visitors to Isle of Palms came by way of water or a single railroad bridge. Originally opened as a recreational area for privileged parties at beach homes, this semi-tropical retreat, bordered by beautiful beaches and a network of marsh creeks, has lost none of its original charm. Test your skill at beach volleyball, bodysurfing, shrimping or crabbing. Wild Dunes Resort, a resort on the northern tip of the island, also features outstanding accommodations, golf, tennis, and a marina.
County Park: It is possible to park along the side of the streets on Isle of Palms and walk to a beach access path but we recommend going to the brand new Isle of Palms County Park (886-3863.) Located on Ocean Boulevard across from the connector, the park offers changing facilities, restrooms and other amenities.
Directions: Isle of Palms may be reached one of two ways. You may cross the Cooper River Bridge and drive straight ahead onto Hwy 17 N. Approximately 10 miles later, turn right onto the Isle of Palms Connector and follow it to the island. Alternatively, you may follow directions to Sullivans Island and, once on the island, take your second left onto Jasper Boulevard, which will lead you across Sullivans and over Breach Inlet to the Isle of Palms. Pay parking is available, as are several beachfront restaurants. On summer weekends The Windjammer (886-8596) offers volleyball, games, and music, along with food and beverages. Or walk along Ocean Boulevard and visit any one of the numerous sandwich shops. Isle of Palms offers a wide range of activities for all ages.
Leash Laws: Dogs are welcome on the beach year-round. Leash laws are in effect daily, except 5 a.m.-8 a.m. Dogs are expected to be under voice command of their owners during that time. If cited, fees range from $100-$500, depending upon the frequency of the violation by the dog and owner.