Dog Friendly Beaches in Edisto Island, SC

There are 2 dog friendly beaches in Edisto Island. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Edisto Island, SC, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!

Pet Friendly Edisto Beach in Edisto Island, SC
There’s nothing like going down to the beach, splashing in the waves, digging in the sand, and rolling on top of whatever has the most pungent scent. At least that’s how it is for dogs. Edisto Beach is a dog-friendly beach provided pet parents abide by the rules set forth in the town’s ordinances. From May 1 to Oct. 31, all dogs must be on a leash at all times. Owners are required to clean up after their pets as well and there are waste bags available on the beach. In the off-season, dogs should be on a leash, although it isn’t a requirement. Pet parents should always make sure their dogs are in control if they are off a leash. It is also important to make sure you and your pets are familiar with the beach as there are significant drop-offs on either side of the groins lining the beach. This could provide an opportunity for pets to take an unexpected plummet. Additionally, the surf can be strong and smaller dogs could potentially lose their footing, so pet parents should be cautious. But for the most part, dogs love the beach and have a great time playing on it just like their human counterparts. It’s a rare day on Edisto to not come across at least one dog on the beach. Edisto Beach is great for dogs that love swimming, jumping over waves, playing an aquatic version of fetch, digging in the sand, battling unexpected sand crabs, and going on jaunts down the shoreline. For pet parents who enjoy an easier walk with their pets, the area of the beach down around the sound is flatter and the surf is gentler. It’s also usually rife with small tidal pools that provide tons of fun for pooches. Many of the rental homes offer vacationers the option to pay a pet fee so that beloved pets can enjoy an Edisto vacation along with their families, so be sure to bring your pet along the next time you make your way to Edisto Beach.
Pet Friendly Edisto Island in Edisto Island, SC
Ordinances - The ordinances regarding dogs at Edisto Beach are as follows; They must be on a leash on the sandy beach from May 1 through October 31. Otherwise, dogs must be within verbal command of owner, on a leash, or in a secure area within the town limits. For everyone’s convenience, the town just installed some new receptacles for pet waste in higher traffic areas. (Special Note – the above laws pertain to the Town of Edisto Beach. If you will be on State Park property, state law requires that dogs be on a leash year round.)
Pet Friendly Hunting Island State Park in Hunting Island, SC
Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities. Hunting Island is South Carolina’s single most popular state park, attracting more than a million visitors a year, as well as a vast array of land and marine wildlife. Five miles of pristine South Carolina beaches, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon, and ocean inlet are all part of the park’s natural allure.
Pet Friendly Kiawah Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island, SC
March 16-October 31 dogs must be leashed at all times. November 1-March 15 dogs are allowed to be off leash. However, the owner must remain with their pet and have in their possession a leash. Pets must be leashed if requested by another beachgoer or by Beach Patrol. Kiawah Beachwalker Park, located on the west end of Kiawah Island, offers ocean frontage and a river view, along with the only public beach access on beautiful Kiawah Island. The park is operated through a cooperative agreement between Kiawah Development Partners, Charleston County Council, and the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally along a beachfront designated swimming area.
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