Unwind while kayaking salt marshes or making a splash in the Atlantic surf.
When you visit Folly Beach, it's clear why Charleston residents call it the "Edge of America." The South Carolina beach town has it all—the Atlantic shoreline on one side, a maze of coastal waterways on the other. It goes without saying that kayak, and canoe rentals are notoriously easy to find. Camping near the beach means savoring one of the top surfing spots on the East Coast. When you're not catching waves, cast a line from the fishing pier. In the afternoon, comb the beach for shellfish, or bust out your binoculars to watch migrating whales. Just inland of Folly Beach, James Island County Park is a popular home base for campers. Campsites with full hookups are just steps from 16 acres of freshwater fishing lakes. You also find a crabbing dock and miles of paved hiking and biking trails. Nearby Folly Beach County Park is a no-camping zone. Still, locals love the sandy stretch for beach lounging and Pelican watching. South of Folly Beach, you find more coastal tent camping options. Check out Edisto Beach State Park on Edisto Island to breathe in the salty sea air from your campsite. Sleep on the shores of an Atlantic beach, or pitch your tent at the foot of a salt marsh teeming with wildlife. Looking for a place to park your big rig? There's a host of RV parks in Folly Beach and nearby Mount Pleasant. With so many marshes, rivers, and bays, camping near the water has never been easier.