Dog Friendly Activities in South Carolina

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in South Carolina, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Myrtle Beach (Dogs on Beach Policy)
Myrtle Beach (Dogs on Beach Policy) Most public beaches in the Myrtle Beach area are pet friendly during early morning hours or during late evenings year-round. From May 1 through Labor Day, dogs are allowed on the beach only before 10 am and after 5 pm. Dogs and bicycles are allowed on the boardwalk only between 5am to 10am from May 1 through Labor Day. From the day after Labor Day to April 30 each year, dogs are allowed on the beach at any time of day. At all times when dogs are allowed on the beach, they must be on a leash that is seven feet or shorter, and dog owners must pick up and properly dispose of the droppings. See Details
Pet Friendly James Island County Park
James Island County Park A visit to James Island County Park is a great way to spend an afternoon in Charleston with your pup. Said to be the best dog park in Charleston, this park features a dog beach, four acres of open grassy space, a cleaning station, fenced play area for small dogs, and waste stations. See Details
Barc Parc South This dog park has its own lake for dogs to play in and shade structures for the people. There are small and large dog areas, bathrooms, and another entrance near the small dog area. See Details
Burkes Beach Very nice beach with metered spaces that is dog-friendly before before 10am and after 5pm from April 1st through late September. Walking distance to the Chaplain Community Park, which includes the Best Friends Dog Park; if you don't like to walk, there are parking spaces in both areas. Parking is free at the Community Park, and metered at the beach access point. See Details
Old Charleston Ghost Tours Bring Fido along on an Old Charleston Ghost Tour! This walking tour starts in Washington Park and lasts about 90 minutes. You and your pooch may even hear a story about a ghost dog that roams the streets of Charleston. See Details
Beach at Sullivans Island Sullivan's Island is pet-friendly. All dogs on Sullivan Island, including day visitors and vacation renters, must have a town-issued dog permit to visit the island, including the beach based on a January to December schedule. Town Hall, located at 2056 Middle St, issues annual permits for $35 per dog if you're a resident and $50 for non-residents. Completed applications and proof of valid rabies vaccination are required for permit. The beach is open for off-leash dogs from 5am to 10pm and on-leash from 6pm to 5am from May 1 through Septermber 30. Dogs are not permitted on the beach between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm during summer. The winter hours are 5am to 12pm for off-leash dogs and 12pm to 5am for dogs on a leash from October 1 through May 30. Dogs are permitted all day, every day during the winter months. See Details
Isle of Palm Beaches From 5:00AM until 8:00AM April 1st through September 14th and 4:00PM until 10:00AM September 15th through March 31st. Dog owners must have leash in hand, have their dog under voice command and must clean up excrement. At all other times, dogs must be on leash and under complete control, even in the water. See Details
Myrtle Beach State Park Leashed dogs are permitted on the trails and in most of the outdoor areas of Myrtle Beach State Park. However, dogs are not permitted on any beaches in the park from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, May 1-Labor Day. Dogs must be leashed at all times, and humans must always clean up after their pets. Located in the heart of the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach State Park is one of the most popular public beaches along the South Carolina coast. This 312-acre oceanfront park plays a major role in preserving and maintaining a portion of the natural heritage of South Carolina?s coastline. See Details
Alder Lane Beach Access Alder Lane Beach is a great, quiet getaway from the typical beach scene since its crowd size is much smaller than that of the surrounding area beaches. It's located off of South Forest Beach drive, next to the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort, and amenities include Beach Matting, Restrooms, Outdoor Showers, 22 Metered Parking Spaces, and Seasonal Lifeguards. Animals are permitted on the beach during the official beach season, April 1st through September 30th before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m, or anytime in the off season. They must be on a leash or under positive voice control at all times. Owner's are also required to remove and properly dispose of the animal's excrement as well. See Details
Come on Ya'll, Let's Explore Charleston History - 10 am 'Come on Ya'll, Let's Explore Charleston History - 10 am' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Cooper. Take this walking tour with Fido and learn about the colorful history of the city. Hear about everything from modern-day Charleston to the history of slavery in the area, and see some beautiful sites along the way. Please ensure Fido is leashed. The experience lasts 2.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 10 and up. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Rates start at $35 per person. See Details
Morris Island Morris Island is an undeveloped island at the mouth of Charleston Harbor that's only accessible by private boats. It is a fantastic place for long, off-leash beach strolls, dolphin-watching, and hunting for shells and fossilized shark teeth. Put on sunscreen and bring plenty of water for you and your pup. No boat? No problem! Adventure Harbor Tours offers 3-hour dog friendly tours of the island for $50 per adult and $30 per child (dogs free). Call (843) 442-9455 for more information. See Details
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens Magnolia Plantation has beautiful gardens you can explore with Fido, but the real treat here is that dogs are also allowed on the tram tours. Dogs that can be carried are even allowed inside the plantation house. In addition to the garden, there are many nature trails on the property. See Details
Folly Beach Folly Beach is one of Charleston's more pet-friendly beaches. Dogs are allowed on the beach any time from October 1 to April 30. Between May 1 and September 30, dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Dogs must be leashed at all times, no matter the time of year. See Details
Barc Parc North Your pet will love the chance to exercise off-leash at this fenced dog park with a separate area for small dogs, drinking fountains, and shade. See Details
Come on Ya'll, Let's Explore Charleston History - 2 pm 'Come on Ya'll, Let's Explore Charleston History - 2 pm' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Cooper. Take this walking tour with Fido and learn about the colorful history of the city. Hear about everything from modern-day Charleston to the history of slavery in the area, and see some beautiful sites along the way. Please ensure Fido is leashed. The experience lasts 2.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests ages 10 and up. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. If you have a child under 2 years old please feel free to bring them with a stroller or backpack. Rates start at $35 per person. See Details
Barefoot Landing Located along the Intracoastal Waterway, Barefoot Landing naturally combines beauty and nature with fun and excitement for the entire family. Migratory waterfowl, exotic fish and wildlife make Barefoot Landing their home. A stroll along the boardwalk or the dock is reminiscent of an old fishing village. As gentle breezes blow across the 23-acre lake, the temptation to sit and relax is overwhelming. Pets are most welcome on a leash. Shopping, dining, and entertainment in a natural atmosphere is the essence of Barefoot Landing. Several restaurants encourage patrons to dine with their pets in outside seating areas. And don't forget to visit Faux Paws for novelty items, t-shirts, toys, costumes, gourmet treats and even a photo op' for Fido. See Details
Best Friends Dog Park/Chaplin Park The Islands largest park that includes tree covered benches and two water fountains in each of the fenced areas for small and large dogs. See Details
Columbia Dog Park Dogs are welcome off-leash at this Columbia park, which also has drinking water available. The park is open 24 hours and membership gives you access to enter with the passcode to a combination lock. This off-leash, fenced in dog park is right beside the Columbia city Animal shelter and even features a doggie pond! The annual pass is $35 gives you unlimited access to the park and pond and a park tag for your dog's collar. The same requirements of up-to-date shots and proof of having been spayed/neutered apply for admission. See Details
Hilton Head Island Beaches Dogs are allowed on Hilton Head beaches and must be on a leash between 10 am and 5 pm from April 1 through the Thursday before Memorial Day, and must be leashed between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm the Tuesday after Labor Day through September 30. Dogs must be on a leash or under positive voice control at all other times. Dogs must be leashed at all times on Fish Haul and Mitchelville beaches. Dogs not permitted between 10 am and 5 pm from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Persons in control of animals on the beach are required to remove and properly dispose of the animal's excrement. Please note that the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department patrols the beaches and enforces all regulations. Violators of beach regulations are subject to fines up to $500 per each offense. Call (843) 341-4600 for more information. See Details
Surfside Beach Bark Park Nice spot to bring Fido for a little exercise. Dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and wear current Town of Surfside Beach license tags. Tags can be purchased for $10 at Town Hall 115 US Highway 17 N. See Details
Brittlebank Park Located next to Joe Riley Stadium along the Ashley River, Brittlebank Park features ample space and impressive views of the beautiful Ashley River area. There is a playground, fishing pier, and boat dock. Dogs must be leashed at all times in the park. See Details
Beach Walk, Turtle Talks and Shark Tales 'Beach Walk, Turtle Talks and Shark Tales' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Holly. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners on this tour. Your experience will change depending on when you choose to visit Hilton Head Island. May through October is sea turtle season and the other 6 months is shark time. Look for the beach walk and shark teeth experience November thru April. Your host will help you identify what you find, what you should keep or leave on the beach and how everyday activities affect what may be happening in the ocean. The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 10 guests of all ages. This is a beach area where locals typically bring their dogs. Rates start at $15 per person. See Details
Kayaking & Coffee 'Kayaking & Coffee' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Monika. Paddle at your pace around the local Hilton Head area and learn about the ecosystem and wildlife. You will have the chance to see pelicans, herons, egrets, osprey, and Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. Your host is open to dogs on board, although has never tried it before. The weight limit for one person and a dog in a kayak is 300lbs. The experience lasts 1.5 hours and can accommodate up to 8 guests ages 5 and up. Rates start at $36 per person. See Details
Hunting Island State Park 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. See Details