The secret’s out about Folly Beach – it’s the place to be during the summer. And, well, spring and the fall and basically year-round. But as the Charleston area has exploded in popularity these last few years, the pull of the beach means we have more people than ever trying to fit on Folly on any given day.
Don’t worry . . . there’s room enough for everyone! However, there are rules and regulations regarding driving around and parking at Folly Beach. Since opting out of familiarizing yourself with them could lead to an unwelcome ticket from the Department of Public Safety, let’s take a few minutes to review.
Although not an official rule, Folly driving etiquette actually starts as you enter the island. Instead of merging into the left lane before crossing the bridge by Crosby’s early, it’s actually recommended that drivers fill both lanes and weave in as cars approach the end of the right lane. This helps traffic flow as smoothly as possible.
Once you get on the island and are looking for parking, there are many things to keep in mind.
You’ll obviously want to memorize the list of parking no-nos – there is no parking allowed on the roadway, sidewalks, within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, in a crosswalk, on dunes, against traffic, within 20 feet of an intersection, or anywhere marked by yellow lines.
And when we say no parking on the roadway, we’re not joking. If you’re planning to park on the side of the road, make sure all four tires are in the grass or on the sand. Basically, if any portion of any tire is touching the pavement, you’re fair game to get flagged with a ticket.
Also not a good idea? Blocking public or private driveways, diagonal parking, parking in ADA accessible parking spaces without an ADA license tag or visible permit, and spotting or standing in a roadway.
All of the above are punishable by tickets or fines not to exceed $1092. Not a great way to end an otherwise lovely day at the beach, eh? It’s best to be on the safe side and always follow the rules and regulations put in place by the Folly Beach Department of Public Safety.
Lastly, remember that while Folly is a great place to visit, it’s also the place that many people call home. When you come for a day at the beach, try to be mindful of where people live. You’ll find the native Follyians are fantastic folk, but they’ve got people to see and places to go, too.
It may seem tempting to pull into an empty driveway or pull up behind a car parked in a home’s drive but, well, that’s just bad beach etiquette (and it could wind up with you being towed and/or fined).
Other than the street, there are other places to consider parking. There is public parking at beach access points on most city blocks. Parking here does come at a cost so make sure to pay at the designated blox once you’ve found a space. If you are headed to the Washout, look for meters on the beach side of the street.
The Folly Beach County Park is a fantastic place to visit and there are places to park there. There are park hours and fees but well worth it. Thae park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Day.
Limited yet very convenient parking is available at the Folly Beach Pier, another must visit place while you visit Folly. Parking here comes at a fee and can be full certain times of the year. This location is also great for acessing the beach, Center Street and all of the great local businesses that call it home.
Want guaranteed parking at no additional cost? Rent a vacation home from the official FollyBeach.com list of Folly Beach vacation homes. This truly is the most relaxing way to enjoy your time. There are homes that fit every budget.