Just 25 miles south of pupular Charleston is the lovely Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Known for its gorgeous beaches, this is one island you and your pup will be begging to explore!
While many of the beaches and areas on the island are private, the Beachwalker County Park, also known as the Kiawah Beachwalker Park, is open to the public! This park is on the west end of the island, and features views of the Kiawah River that separates the island from the mainland, and 10 miles of beach access along the Atlantic Ocean, with a lovely forested area in the middle. This park is pawfect for a day at the beach, or a day in the shade!
To get to this furbulous park, take the Kiawah Island Parkway from the mainland, then turn left on Beachwalker Drive, just before the Kiawah Island security gate. Head down Beachwalker Drive to the parking area for the park. Fees range from $5 to $15, depending on the time of year and day of the week for cars. Parking is $20 for RVs and $40 for buses. Hours vary throughout the off season, but from the peak season of May to Labor Day, hours are 9 AM to 7 PM.
Once here, you and your leashed pup can enjoy amenities such as picnic areas with grills for lunch or dinner, and drink vending machines if you furgot to bring your own. Do be sure to always have water on hand for your pup! There's also restrooms and changing stalls for the humans in the group. Have clean-up bags ready for when your pup needs a potty break. While views of the river from this area adjacent to parking is woofderful, you and your pup will want to check out the beach! Take the scenic boardwalk through the yucca, palmettos, pines and oaks to the 10 pawtastic miles of beach.
Your pup is allowed on the beach year-round, but be sure to keep the leash on during peak season between March 16th to October 31st! If you are able to visit the island during off season, from November 1st to March 15th, your dog can romp in off leash abandon from 7 AM to 7 PM, or for Beachwalker County Park, open to close. You'll still need a leash in hand for whenever its needed. Splash in the water, or play in the sand! Seasonally, there are lifeguards on patrol, and other amenities available such as a snack bar, chair and umbrella rentals, and outdoor showers to clean off the sand after romping.
For a pawrific day in the sun with your pup, check out the Beachwalker County Park!