Folly Beach, South Carolina Area Information

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Folly Beach Public Services

  • Schools
    The local schools for Folly Beach students are part of the James Island Constituent District of Charleston County. The schools offer elementary, middle and high school education. There is also a Corporate Academy.
    Harbour View Elementary School
    1576 Harbour View Road
    Charleston, SC 29412-3223
    Principal: Mr. Keith Mason
    Phone: (843) 762-2749
    Fax: (843) 762-6207
    James Island Elementary School
    1872 Grimball Road
    Charleston, SC 29412
    Principal: Ms. Cathy Coleman
    Phone: (843) 762-8240
    Fax: (843) 762-8250
    Murray-LaSaine Elementary School
    691 Riverland Dr.
    Charleston, SC 29412-2724
    Principal: Ms. Lara Latto
    Phone: (843) 762-2765
    Fax: (843) 762-6203
    Stiles Point Elementary School
    883 Mikell Dr.
    Charleston, SC 29412-5042
    Principal: Mr. Stephen Burger
    Phone: (843) 762-2767
    Fax: (843) 762-2773
    Fort Johnson Middle School
    1825 Camp Road
    Charleston, SC 29412-3599
    Principal: Mr. David Parler
    Phone: (843) 762-2740
    Fax: (843) 762-6212
    James Island Middle School
    1484 Camp Road
    Charleston, SC 29412-4059
    Principal: Mr. Gary McDonald
    Phone: (843) 762-2784
    Fax: (843) 762-6209
    James Island Charter High School
    1000 Ft. Johnson Road
    Charleston, SC 29412-8898
    Principal: Mr. Robert Bohnstengel
    Phone: (843) 762-2754
    Fax: (843) 762-5228
    Septima P. Clark Corporate Academy
    1929 Grimball Road
    Charleston, SC 29412
    Principal: Mr. Kevin McClelland
    Phone: (843) 762-2774
    Fax: (843) 762-6218

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  • Hospitals / Healthcare
    The closest hospitals to Folly Beach are the Charleston Memorial Medical University of South Carolina and the Roper Hospital. Healthcare facilities in Folly Beach include an emergency physician, dentists and a chiropractor.
    Emergency Physician
    Dr Toni Manos
    PO Box 49
    Folly Beach, SC
    Phone: (843) 284-4911
      Frank Beylote DDS
    1010 E. Erie Ave.
    Folly Beach, SC 29439
    Phone: (843) 588-0006

    Christy Richardson DDS
    110 East Cooper Ave.
    Folly Beach, SC 29439
    Phone: (843) 588-0044
      Dr. Deena Fawn Smith
    83 Center Street
    Folly Beach, SC 29439
    Phone: (843) 588-1230

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  • Local Government
    Local government is administered by the City of Folly Beach Council with an annual budget of just over $3million and 34 employees. These employees include nine police officers and fourteen volunteer fire fighters. The City Administrator is Toni W. Connor-Rooks (phone number (843) 588-7006).

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  • Airports
    Charleston International Airport lies just 17 miles from Folly Beach and provides around 63 flights daily to destinations such as Atlanta, Boston, Detroit and Orlando. Other public-use airports close to Folly Beach include;
    • Charleston Executive (5 miles)
    • East Cooper (20 miles)
    • Summerville (35 miles)

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  • Banks
    The nearest banks to Folly Beach are just a short distance away in James Island, straight up Folly Road.  There are also ATMs in Folly Beach located at Bert’s Market, the BP Gas Station, City Hall and Holiday Inn.
    Bank of America
    315 Folly Road
    James Island, SC 29412
    First Federal
      1185 Folly Road
    Charleston, SC 29412
    South Carolina Federal Credit Union
      1317 Folly Road
    Charleston, SC 29412

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Folly Beach Recreation

  • Beaches
    Folly Island has six miles of beautiful beaches that are ideal for water sports, swimming, sunbathing and fishing.

    Folly Beach County Park Beach
    Folly Beach County Park lies at the far west of Folly Island. The beach here is spectacular and includes amenities such as outdoor showers, restrooms and a seasonal snack bar. During the summer season, you can hire chairs, umbrellas and bicycles. Safety is also assured with the presence of lifeguards (summer only).
    Center Street Beach
      The Center Street Beach extends either side of the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier and lies in front of the Holiday Inn. The beach offers rental boogie boards and jet skis and is a popular location for tourists and locals. And if you are in the mood for a walk, the pier will take you more than 1045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean!
    Folly Beach Washout
      For those who enjoy surfing, the Folly Beach Washout at the eastern edge of the city is a favorite. Check the local surf report and head to the beach for a wonderful day.
    Morris Island Lighthouse Beach
      Continue east beyond the Washout and you come to the Morris Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse is no longer operational but is worth visiting to experience its idyllic setting just off the beach.  This beach is ideal for walking in the sand or shore fishing.

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  • Parks
    As well as its excellent beach, Folly Beach County Park located at the southeast end of the island, offers riverside walks, seasonal retail outlets and a picnic area.  James Island County Park, on the other hand, is just a short drive from Folly Beach and has a range of family activities together with 643 acres of unspoiled beauty. The activities include a children’s playground, an off-the-leash dog park, a seasonal Splash Zone Water Park and a climbing wall. It is also possible to rent pedal boats, kayaks and bicycles.
  • Golf Courses
    Charleston Municipal Golf Course
    Located in James Island, this is the closest golf course to Folly Beach and one of the oldest in the Charleston area.
    Charleston National Country Club and Learning Center
      Charleston National is a championship golf course set in an area of natural lagoons and marshland.
    Oak Point Golf Course
      Set amongst the wetlands and creeks of Johns Island, Oak Point Golf Course is known as a Scottish-American style course suitable for inexperienced as well as veteran players.
    Ocean Course
      Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is renowned as a challenging experience. Ten of its holes run alongside the Atlantic and provide great views – and exposure to strong winds.

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Folly Beach Culture

  • Theater
    Folly Beach has a vibrant theatrical scene. This is thanks to its resident professional theatre company, the Actor’s’ Theatre of South Carolina, who perform regularly at the Fine Arts Center.
  • Museums
    Children’s Museum of the Low country
    Boasting eight interactive exhibits, this museum is a hands-on learning environment for children aged three months to twelve years (and their families!)
    The Charleston Museum
      Founded in 1773, the Charleston Museum has the distinction of being America’s oldest museum. Here you will find exhibitions that reflect South Carolina’s history and culture.
    USS Yorktown Naval and Maritime Museum
      Situated at Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant, the USS Yorktown is a National Memorial to Carrier Aviation as well as the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum.

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  • Festivals
    Besides fishing tournaments held regularly throughout the summer from May to September on Folly Beach Pier, the year is filled with festive events.
    Sun and Sand Festival, Centre Street
      Salsa Under the Stars, Folly Beach Pier
    For all those who love Salsa dancing. This event, like all the other dancing scheduled for the Pier, is in the open air and has a limited attendance of 550.
      Moonlight Mixer, Folly Beach Pier
    Dancing on the Pier to golden oldies and the latest beach sounds.
      Moonlight Mixer, Folly Beach Pier
      Moonlight Mixer, Folly Beach Pier

    Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament, Folly Beach Pier
    Gather at the Pier for the big fishing tournament of the season.

      Moonlight Mixer, Folly Beach Pier
      Salsa Under The Stars, Folly Beach Pier

    Children’s Halloween Party, Folly Beach River Park
    Experience spookiness and fun for the whole family at the park on Halloween.
      Annual Holiday Festival of Lights, James Island County Park
    This festival is a three mile drive through a wonderland of 2 million lights.  Lasts until January
      Christmas Parade
    The Christmas Parade is a tradition for everyone, tourists and locals, to enjoy.

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  • Churches
    Folly Beach Baptist Church
    77 Center Street
    PO Box 50
    Folly Beach, SC 29439
    Phone: (843) 588-9414
    Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Church
      Corner of Center Street and East Indian
    PO Box 1257
    Folly Beach, SC 29439
    Phone: (843) 588-2336
    Folly Beach United Methodist Church
      118 W. Indian Avenue
    Folly Beach, SC 29439
    Phone: (843) 588-9174

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Maps of Folly Beach and Surrounding Geographic Areas

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  • Folly Beach
  • James Island
  • Charleston
  • Johns Island
  • Kiawah Island
  • Mt Pleasant (north of Sullivan's Island)


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