Folly Beach County Park – Folly Beach, South Carolina

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Folly Beach County Park sits on the isolated west end of Folly Island. After Hurricane Irene swept the beach in 2011, the park closed due to severe erosion as a result of the storm.

Folly Beach Park

Ben Sumrell of Awendaw, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Since then, the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission has restored the park by building a terminal groin and delivering 175,000 cubic yards of sand to the beach. Folly Beach County Park reopened on July 3, 2013, in time to receive holiday beachgoers.

Folly County Park Aerial

Larry Gleason, Aiken Aerial Photography, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In the distance lies Bird Key, a sandspit between Folly Beach and Kiawah Island. Bird Key is one of three Heritage Preserve coastal islands that provide habitat and protected nesting for a variety of shore birds, including brown pelicans, blackskimmers, and royal terns.

Folly Beach County Park

Kevin Travis of Sumter, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The South Carolina Audubon Society designated Bird Key as an “Important Bird Area” in 2004. Visitors may access Bird Key by boat anytime except nesting season, which is April 1 through October 15.

Reflections on Folly Beach County Park

Contributor Kevin Travis shares his experience in capturing his exquisite photo: “On June 30th, 2013, I woke about 05:00 and headed to the west end of Folly Beach. Storms were present and I had second thoughts about going, but storms always add an element of drama to any photo. So, I made the hike from the park to the west end of the beach. The storm clouds came and went, and I was plenty soaked, but in the end I was rewarded with this photo and an awesome rainbow. I call it God’s promise.”

Photographer Ben Sumrell tells us about his stunning image: “A beautiful calm morning and sunrise on Folly Beach, South Carolina.”

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Folly Beach County Park Info

Address: 1100 West Ashley Avenue, Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach County Park Map

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