If you venture from Edisto Island in search of another unique experience, Folly Beach should be on the top of the list. A short drive away, Folly Beach is fondly referred to by locals as the “Edge of America”. From painted sunrises and sunsets, to rich history, good food and expansive beaches, visitors will gain a new awareness of this unique and charming island town. Compared to Edisto Island it is one of the only other communities that can truly be appreciated as untouched by high-rise hotels and restaurant chains.
When entering Folly, the first attraction that demands your attention is the Folly Fishing Pier. The Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Pier is 24 feet wide, extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean and is 23 feet above sea level. Delight in fishing, walking, birding and the opportunity to enjoy wonderful views of Folly Beach on the “Edge of America”.
A short drive down the road, check out the Morris Island Lighthouse. Morris Island lighthouse stands all alone about 300 yards off shore from the island of Folly Beach. It can be viewed from the northeast end of Folly Island and from the bridge coming on to Folly Beach. The lighthouse is now completely surrounded by water but was once sitting on a good sized island with numerous buildings around it. It was completed in 1876 and was the second lighthouse to be built on the island.
Though Folly is small, there is a collection of unique restaurants serving a wide range of food. Visit the FollyBeach.com restaurant guide to view pictures, menus and more.
Folly Beach is a short drive from Edisto Island, and of course a short drive back home! See maps and directions here.