Population (year 2000): 2,116
Located in Charleston County
Zip Code: 29439
Latitude: 32.67 N, Longitude: 79.94 W
Area Code: 843
Elevation: 10 feet
Land Area: 12.3 square miles
Median Resident Age: 41.1 years
Median Income: $46,935 (year 2000)
Median Home Value: $283,100 (year 2000)

Folly Beach, SC – The Edge Of America

Folly Beach—also known as “The Edge Of America”—is a 7-mile long natural barrier island on the Atlantic coast. Folly Beach is located just eight miles south of historic downtown Charleston, SC—15 minutes via the Connector. Folly Beach is the home of sea, sand, and surfing, historical and cultural sites; a maritime forest; Morris Island Lighthouse; great food; great times; and southern hospitality.

During the day you can enjoy the best surfing and watersports including fishing, crabbing and shrimping or just take it easy relaxing on the beach.

In the evening you can take advantage of the easy access to the restaurants and night-life Charleston promises. The short drive to Charleston adds to the appeal of Folly Beach, which consists of predominately residential housing, limited business, and several miles of walking beach. It is laid back and rustic, casual to the core.


  • The Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean with a covered area and access to nearby restrooms, gift shops, restaurants and tackle shop.
  • Folly Beach County Park fronts 4,000 feet of ocean and 2,000 feet of river. It offers parking, dressing rooms, outdoor showers, restrooms, a picnic area, a vending area and chair, raft and umbrella rentals. The park is located at the west end of Folly Beach.
  • The Folly Beach Washout offers the best surfing withing 100 miles.