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Lifeguard schedule to be announced.
Lifeguard schedule to be announced.
Isle of Palms County ParkDogs are allowed at the beach park and must be on a leash at all times.
Kiawah Beachwalker ParkDogs must be leashed at all times within Kiawah Beachwalker Park. The Town of Kiawah Ordinance identifies specific regulations for areas outside of the park: View Town of Kiawah Pet Regulations
In addition to boat landing rules, please follow all South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Boating Regulations and the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission Rules & Regulations that govern all parks, facilities, and activities.
If a structural or maintenance-related issue arises that warrants attention, please call 843-795-BOAT (2628) or email Park & Program Services.
When choosing a boat landing, please be aware that the following boat landings generally have the highest traffic volume, especially on weekends and holidays:
The following boat landings are not used as frequently as those listed above:
America's Waterway Watch, a combined effort of the Coast Guard and its Reserve and Auxiliary components, enlists the active participation of those who live, work, or play around America's waterfront areas.To report suspicious activity, please call the National Response Center at 877-249-2824. If there is immediate danger to life or property, Call 9-1-1, or call the Coast Guard on Marine Channel 16.
Don't forget that the Cooper River Marina ships' store is there for all of your boating needs, clean restrooms, and cold beverages. Conveniently located two miles north of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge and 15 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, the Cooper River Marina is a great facility for recreational and transient boaters.
If you or your group are interested in helping to keep clean the "doorways to our waterways," please consider adopting a boat landing. By adopting a landing and helping us keep it clean, you will be protecting families and wildlife, not only near the boat landing, but throughout the area’s marshes and beaches. Apart from the satisfaction of knowing you are protecting families, sea turtles, dolphins, seabirds, and others by making your landing clean and safe, your group will complete a worthwhile project as a team in a beautiful location. Your stewardship efforts will be recognized on a sign at the landing and on our website.
In an effort to keep the boat landings clean and safe for both humans and wildlife, we encourage a pack it in, pack it out program that to reduce impacts during their visit by remembering that what is brought to the boat landing should be removed from the boat landing at the end of each visit. Pack it in, pack it out is part of the Seven Principles of the Leave No Trace program. The principles provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts.
Golf carts are not permitted on park trails, paved or unpaved. Campers with golf carts are not permitted to drive their golf carts into the overflow or primitive areas.
Check-in is anytime after 1 p.m. for campsites and anytime after 4 p.m. for cottages. The registration office closes at 8 p.m., and a ranger will be on duty all night to assist with late check-ins. There is a call box at the front of the registration building for guests to use to call the ranger.
We recommend our Introduction to Climbing program as the best starting point, although you may also come in anytime to try it out.
The Introduction to Climbing Class covers:
Top Roping is where the rope is already set up on the wall for you. The climber and belayer attach to opposite ends of the rope, and the climber ascends the wall, while the partner pulls up slack in the rope through a belay device.
Lead Climbing is a more advanced form of climbing and one that is commonly seen when climbing outside. In lead climbing, the climber brings their rope up the wall with them as they climb, clipping into the carabiners attached to the wall. Lead climbing requires advanced training, and a well-developed climbing ability (5.9 or above) to be comfortable leading.
We also offer a variety of pass options for those interested. More information on Climbing Wall Passes...
Not necessarily. We have 12 auto-belays at the wall. If you want to top rope or lead climb, you will need to come with a partner who has passed one of our belay tests.
The climbing networking site ClimbFind is an excellent resource for finding partners. You may also put up a notice on the bulletin board at The Climbing Wall.
Absolutely! Kids of all ages love to climb, though typically kids age 7 and up will have more stamina for a longer session. Please note that anyone under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian, so if you are bringing along nieces, nephews or friends of your children, you will need to have them sign one ahead of time for you to bring with you to the Wall.
That said, there are real safety concerns that come with any vertical sport, and it is important to receive proper instruction on belaying before you get yourself into a dangerous situation.
Anytime you are in doubt, please ASK our staff - they love to offer (frequently unsolicited) advice for any situation. Safety Tips...
A leashed pet is not likely to:
A limited number of rental and demo kayaks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for $75 for three days. Package includes boat, neoprene or nylon spray skirt, and paddle. We encourage you to bring your personal PFD, but we'll have extras should you need one. Transportation to and from each venue will be provided by staff. Please contact Joshua Hall by email if you need rental equipment.
Yes! We have courses for all skill levels. Charleston Harbor and surrounding rivers provide protected paddling options even when the conditions are up.
No worries. Feel free to email Josh Hall, our Outdoor Program Manager, and he will set you on the right path.
Absolutely. The whole point of this format is to give individual attention that matches your need for challenge and development. Staff will work with you throughout the symposium and make suggestions on what group will give you the most opportunity for learning and growth at your pace.
Yes! Bring your non-paddling family and friends, and make a vacation out of it. Charleston has so much to offer.
If you are participating in any full-day courses, you will want to bring your lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.
All of it! Expect any and all weather conditions. Bring a variety of paddling clothes, and you’ll be a happy paddler.
*A limited number of rental and demo kayaks will be available on a first-come,first-served basis for $75 for three days. Package includes boat, neoprene or nylon spray skirt, and paddle. PFDs are also available, but we recommend that you bring your own. Please contact Joshua Hall by email if you need rental equipment.
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Average water temp for this time of year is 65⁰, and air temperatures range from 50⁰ (low) to 75⁰ (high).
When completing an application through our online application submission process, you may upload your resume before submitting, or you can email it to email@example.com.
As fishing from the pier will be impacted during construction, we’d recommend these alternative fishing spots:
Both Pier 101 Restaurant & Bar and our Folly Beach Pier gift shop and restrooms will remain open during construction. Pier gift shop hours are subject to change.
The Folly Beach Pier will still host the following events in 2019 prior to the space closing for construction:
The pier will be closed for a minimum of 18 months during the walkway construction phase. The rectangle deck area behind Pier 101 restaurant and the gift shop will remain open during this time. This will be an excellent area to view the ongoing construction project and progress. After the pier walkway is complete, a ramp to the side of the pier will be created for access onto the pier. The rectangular deck behind Pier 101 and the gift shop will be replaced next. This phase is anticipated to take four months to complete.
During the initial stage of construction, access around and under the pier will be restricted. Heavy equipment and construction materials will be loaded onto the pier making it an unsafe pedestrian and swimming area in the construction zone.
It is anticipated that two-thirds of the current parking spaces will be available during the new pier construction process. There may be times when fewer spaces are available, as well as times when more will be available.
Wells Fargo, the manager of the trust for the former owner, is conducting a thinning operation at the park. Many timber harvests can look harsh at first, but within a year or so the site will have recovered substantially, growing over with grasses and other beneficial plants. The new growth will support wildlife even better than before, because the vegetation will be much more diverse - and diverse wildlife species will take advantage of the new growth.
The majority of the work at Laurel Hill is “thinning” the pine forest. Thinning simply reduces the amount of wood in the forest to healthier and safer levels. For example, much of the area being thinned currently has around 150 square feet per acre of woody biomass. This work will reduce the amount of woody biomass to 60-70 square feet per acre.
At our request, the loggers will clear cut a 2.5-acre area west of the allée of oaks. We plan to ultimately remove the stumps, grade and grow grass there, so that we can park cars away from the historic allée of oaks. We currently have to park cars in the allée, and driving near the grand oaks can shorten the life of the trees. We believe this to be the most responsible land stewardship decision.
The initial thinning/timber harvest was for the southern half of the park, but the northern half of the park is also due for active management. If weather allows, the loggers will soon shift to that area. We have also asked Wells Fargo to direct the loggers to clear some additional areas, which will be strategically re-planted with loblolly pine, longleaf pine, and mast-producing hardwoods and fruit trees. The replanting effort will provide educational opportunities and improve wildlife habitat and food availability.
It is standard for logging activities to do some damage to roads, due to the weight of the trucks when fully loaded. We will work with Wells Fargo at the appropriate time to restore the roads/trails to their pre-thinning condition. The good news is that the log trucks are not being turned around in the oak allée, but further down the road. Turning trucks around in the oak allée would do irreparable damage to the root systems of the historic trees.
We will not receive the proceeds from the thinning (in accordance with our agreement with Wells Fargo), however we are working with Wells Fargo on jointly funding future land management-related improvements within Laurel Hill County Park. This timber harvest is the catalyst for such work - work that will ultimately seek to diversify the plant composition of the landscape and provide educational opportunities for the public.
Reducing the amount of woody biomass in the forest is a very good thing as trees begin nearing what’s called the “stem exclusion” stage, where they actually start dying naturally because they’re out-competed by neighboring trees. Stem exclusion is not a desirable condition for a pine forest, and the presence of vines, suspended pine needles and standing dead timber is a potential fire safety hazard. CCPRC and the Trustee’s land managers want to keep the surrounding areas and residents safe from wildfire. The work being conducted at Laurel Hill County Park is one of a few management treatments we intend to implement to protect the park and the surrounding community.
Our education staff will meet you at nearly any county park. Information about which parks are used for specific programs is listed under program descriptions.
Your activity will be held in an outdoor setting that is subject to sun, wind, rain, insects, etc. In general, these programs are held rain or shine; although lightning and/or high winds may cause cancellation. Please plan accordingly, and be prepared for anticipated conditions.
In addition to local skate shops being a great resource, we are offering lessons at SK8 Charleston starting in the spring of 2019.
All climbers, including adults, youth, new climbers, and veteran climbers are invited to attend competitions. Generally, climbers get to choose what climbs they want to do. Each climb is worth a point value. The harder the climb, the greater the point value. Standings are based on points accumulated in a given amount of time, based on their five highest value climbs. Competitions are usually one-day events held on weekends. Past competitions for our Southeast Region have been in Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Jacksonville, FL; and August, GA.
The Recreational Club is available for online registration on a first-come, first-served basis. The Competitive Program requires a climber interview prior to enrollment.