Known to Charleston locals as "the Edge of America", the seven mile island certainly seems to take the nickname seriously. The island celebrates its bars, fishing shacks, funky eateries and East Coast surferes swarm to the spot they call "The Washout" whenever an Atlantic swell pushes big waves ashore. Other popular surf spots include 10th Street and the Folly Beach Pier. A county run 1,000-foot fishing pier marks the center of the island. The city has a total area of just under 19 square miles, of which, 12 square miles of it is land and 7 square miles of it is water.
The undeveloped eastern edge of the island was the longtime site of a Coast Guard station. Morris Island, where the union assault depicted int he movie Glory took place, lies across the inlet from the old Coast Guard station. The island has been heavily eroded, and the Morris Island lighthouse has been surrounded by water for decades.
Long described as the Lowcountry's "poor man's beach,", Folly's signature shacks ceased to be affordable escapes for drifters, starving artists and beach bums a decade ago. The year round population on Folly stands at about 2,300.
There are beachfront homes, homes off the beach and some condo's on Folly. You can use this site to search all the available properties on Folly Beach.