3rd St. (TRI-065)

Folly Beach, South Carolina

Photo by Carly Hill

3rd Street has ramps leading directly to Folly Beach. Lifeguards are on duty on from May until Labor Day here. Folly Beach Ocean Park is located on 3rd Street and has restrooms, picnic tables, showers, drinking fountains, trash and recycling bins, and a place to shelter from inclement weather. Street parking is available, and a parking lot is located next to Ocean Park with some accessible spaces. It’s $2/hour with a $10 daily limit. This is one of the busier sites on Folly due to its close proximity to the center of Folly Beach, but it has all of the facilities necessary to enjoy a family-fun day at the beach!

Located on former Bohicket tribal land, Folly Beach is a 6-mile stretch of sandy beach that locals call the “Edge of America.” Once used as a strategic base by the Federal Army for the battle to take Fort Sumter, Folly Beach is now a beautiful, laidback, surfer-friendly beach that is home to 2,400 residents and countless numbers of visitors each year! With ample parking lots and street parking (keep all four tires off the road!), fantastic restaurants, bars, and beach supply shops, Folly has everything you need to have a great time at the beach. Folly Beach is open from 8AM-10PM. Do not to litter, walk on the sand dunes, bring plastic/glass containers, or consume alcohol on the beach. Dogs must be leashed at all times and are not allowed on the beach from 10am-6pm May 1 through September 30. Look out for common wildlife such as brown pelicans, laughing gulls (given the chance they will steal your food!), fish crows, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, sand dollars, loggerhead sea turtles, Atlantic dolphins, and much more!

Visit https://www.follybeach.com for more information on regulations and rentals.

If you want more information on the City of Folly Beach and its history, check out https://www.cityoffollybeach.com/about-folly/.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 27th, 2022. Charleston Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 1st, 2022 at 9:23 AM.
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Current Weather
30°C
Clear and sunny
Monitoring Frequency

3rd St. (TRI-065) is sampled bi-weekly from May 1st to October 1st.

Source Information

Through its Beach Monitoring Program, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) monitors the level of enterococcus bacteria at 122 sites along South Carolina’s coast. Testing is conducted during the beach season from May 15th to October 15th. Monitoring levels of enterococcus bacteria is the best way to determine whether disease-causing pathogens may be present in ocean water.

DHEC monitors 27 sites at our local beaches (Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah, and Seabrook). Monitoring sites are located near public access points to ensure the public’s safety. DHEC monitors our local beaches twice a month. When sample results are published on the Program’s website, Charleston Waterkeeper updates Swim Guide.

A “Green” site = test result of 103 MPN/100 mL or lower OR a test result between 104 and 500 MPN/100 mL followed by a test result the next day of LESS than 104 MPN/100 mL

A “Red” site = a test result of 500 MPN/100 mL or higher OR a test result between 104 and 500 MPN/100 mL followed by a test result the next day of 104 MPN/100 mL or GREATER

A “Gray” site = no test result

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Water Quality Graph

3rd St. (TRI-065)

Folly Beach, South Carolina

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 27th, 2022. Charleston Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 1st, 2022 at 9:23 AM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
30°C
Clear and sunny

Photo by Carly Hill

3rd Street has ramps leading directly to Folly Beach. Lifeguards are on duty on from May until Labor Day here. Folly Beach Ocean Park is located on 3rd Street and has restrooms, picnic tables, showers, drinking fountains, trash and recycling bins, and a place to shelter from inclement weather. Street parking is available, and a parking lot is located next to Ocean Park with some accessible spaces. It’s $2/hour with a $10 daily limit. This is one of the busier sites on Folly due to its close proximity to the center of Folly Beach, but it has all of the facilities necessary to enjoy a family-fun day at the beach!

Located on former Bohicket tribal land, Folly Beach is a 6-mile stretch of sandy beach that locals call the “Edge of America.” Once used as a strategic base by the Federal Army for the battle to take Fort Sumter, Folly Beach is now a beautiful, laidback, surfer-friendly beach that is home to 2,400 residents and countless numbers of visitors each year! With ample parking lots and street parking (keep all four tires off the road!), fantastic restaurants, bars, and beach supply shops, Folly has everything you need to have a great time at the beach. Folly Beach is open from 8AM-10PM. Do not to litter, walk on the sand dunes, bring plastic/glass containers, or consume alcohol on the beach. Dogs must be leashed at all times and are not allowed on the beach from 10am-6pm May 1 through September 30. Look out for common wildlife such as brown pelicans, laughing gulls (given the chance they will steal your food!), fish crows, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, sand dollars, loggerhead sea turtles, Atlantic dolphins, and much more!

Visit https://www.follybeach.com for more information on regulations and rentals.

If you want more information on the City of Folly Beach and its history, check out https://www.cityoffollybeach.com/about-folly/.

Monitoring Frequency

3rd St. (TRI-065) is sampled bi-weekly from May 1st to October 1st.

Source Information

Through its Beach Monitoring Program, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) monitors the level of enterococcus bacteria at 122 sites along South Carolina’s coast. Testing is conducted during the beach season from May 15th to October 15th. Monitoring levels of enterococcus bacteria is the best way to determine whether disease-causing pathogens may be present in ocean water.

DHEC monitors 27 sites at our local beaches (Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, Kiawah, and Seabrook). Monitoring sites are located near public access points to ensure the public’s safety. DHEC monitors our local beaches twice a month. When sample results are published on the Program’s website, Charleston Waterkeeper updates Swim Guide.

A “Green” site = test result of 103 MPN/100 mL or lower OR a test result between 104 and 500 MPN/100 mL followed by a test result the next day of LESS than 104 MPN/100 mL

A “Red” site = a test result of 500 MPN/100 mL or higher OR a test result between 104 and 500 MPN/100 mL followed by a test result the next day of 104 MPN/100 mL or GREATER

A “Gray” site = no test result

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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Folly Beach, South Carolina
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