Beach Parks

Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission operates three popular beach parks in the Lowcountry. Each park offers restrooms, concession stands, and certified lifeguards.

Make your next visit to the beach a breeze!

It should come as no surprise that the beaches are not as busy on the weekdays and very busy on the weekends, holidays, and the occasional Friday, so please be advised of the following:

  • Kiawah Beachwalker Park fills to capacity quickly (usually by 10:30 a.m.) during the summer. Please be aware that the Town of Kiawah enforces a traffic ordinance that prohibits vehicles from idling or parking outside the entrance to Kiawah Beachwalker Park. If the park is full when you arrive, our staff can add you to a “virtual" line. Timely updates and notifications alert customers as they move to the front of the queue so they’re always kept in the loop with forecast wait time. Parking for buses, RVs, and/or campers is never guaranteed, even on weekdays.
  • Isle of Palms County Park has 375 parking spots available. When the parking lot becomes full, police will allow up to about 20 vehicles to wait in line for spaces to open up. Once the turn lane outside the park is full, the police direct vehicles to keep moving to other parking areas that are not run by Charleston County Parks. Visitors should familiarize themselves with parking ordinances in the area, especially in the residential areas. When leaving the park, be prepared to wait in traffic to exit the park. Remember there are only two lanes of traffic leaving Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. On a crowded beach day, if weather or other event creates a reason for everyone to try leaving the islands at once, traffic will back up. When everyone tries to leave the islands at once it may take up to two hours for our lot to empty. As soon as you see stormy weather coming, be the first to leave or plan to wait. 
  • Folly Beach County Park has 225 parking spots available. Parking lot may fill up quickly on the weekends and holidays, with spots becoming available again more consistently late-afternoon. Once all parking spots have been filled, cars will be admitted on a one-in, one-out basis. Parking near the park may be available at lots on West Ashley Avenue that are managed by the City Of Folly Beach. Patrons should be aware of parking ordinances in the area in order to avoid being towed or ticketed.

Pets on the Beach

Pets must remain leashed at all times within the parks, and each municipality has their own ordinances pertaining to dogs on the beach:

  • City of Folly Beach: An owner or person having control of any dog shall not permit the dog to be upon the public beach at any time between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from May 1 through September 30 of each year. At all other times, the dog must be on a leash.
  • City of Isle of Palms: Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Kiawah Beachwalker Park: Dogs must be leashed at all times within Kiawah Beachwalker Park. The Town of Kiawah Ordinance identifies specific regulations for areas outside of the park.

Alcohol

No possession or consumption of alcohol is allowed at any of the beach parks.