FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - The Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve park on the northeastern end of Folly Island will begin charging an admission fee of $1 beginning June 1.
The Preserve lies near the former site of the old Coast Guard station and is known for its beautiful views of the Morris Island Lighthouse.
The property is regularly visited by people for uses such as lighthouse viewing, surf fishing, beachside strolls, wildlife observation and photography. The site also offers many diverse birding opportunities and is a regular site for organized bird walks.
Attendance at Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve has been taken since October 2015 using a laser tracking system. In December of 2015 alone, Over 10,000 people visited the property.
Fees collected from visitors will help offset maintenance costs. The fee will be collected at a kiosk near the trailhead, where a park map, site rules and other visitor information will be posted.
Funds could also potentially support future planning initiatives for the property that could include improved parking, an interpretive center, open shelters, boardwalks, and other uses.
The park offers minimal parking on East Ashley Avenue. No restrooms or concessions are available at the site. Swimming is not allowed. Dogs are not allowed. Other prohibited activities include trespassing in dunes and wooded areas, the use of metal detectors, any disturbance to natural and cultural resources, camping, hunting and others.
Admission to the property will be covered by the annual Gold Pass, which allows entry to 11 other county parks for a full year. The Gold Pass is $85 or $70 for Charleston County residents.
For more information on Charleston County Parks or the Gold Pass, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com, download Charleston County Parks' mobile app, or call 843-795-4386.