The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) this week announced that the newly rebuilt “apron” section of the Folly Beach Pier has reopened to the public. This portion of the pier structure includes the gift shop, observation deck, restrooms, showers, and beach access. The rest of the Folly Beach Pier will remain closed through Spring 2023, while it undergoes a complete reconstruction project.
Guests to the pier can now visit the Gangplank Gift & Tackle Shop, which will offer limited food service, including ice cream, and bait for sale for surf fishing. Fishing off the pier is not available. Guests can now also access the pier’s restrooms, showers, and changing stations, as well as its observation deck and beach access. These amenities are open daily from 8 am to 9 pm.
A portion of the Folly Beach Pier parking lot – about 30 spaces – is also now open for visitors. Due to limited parking, visitors are encouraged to arrive early, carpool when possible, and expect delays entering the parking lot.
The Pier 101 Restaurant and bar is currently closed and is expected to reopen in Spring 2022.
The remainder of the Folly Beach Pier, including the pier walkway itself, remains closed during construction and is not expected to reopen until Spring 2023.
Lifeguards are not currently on duty on the beach surrounding the Folly Beach Pier. Starting May 29th, the area will be lifeguarded on weekends only from 10 am to 6 pm. Starting June 21st through mid-August, lifeguards will be on duty daily.
Standard vehicle parking fees at the Folly Beach Pier during the summer season (May through Labor Day) are $10 Monday-Friday and $15 Saturday-Sunday and select holidays. Folly Beach Pier parking is no longer a Gold Pass benefit as of December 2020. Guests who purchased their Gold Passes prior to Nov. 30, 2020 may still use them to access the Folly Beach Pier parking lot until their Gold Pass expires.
CCPRC is replacing the Folly Beach Pier with a new pier that will provide unobstructed views of the ocean, modern improvements and a longer lifespan, while remaining reminiscent of the old wooden pier, which opened in 1995. Two locations along the pier walkway will be slightly widened to allow additional fishing opportunities and more efficient pedestrian access. The new pier will be designed and constructed using a combination of concrete pilings, and wooden decking, benches and shade structures.
For updates on the construction project or more information on the Folly Beach Pier, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com
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