Among Charleston’s beaches, Kiawah’s Beachwalker County Park has the least restrictive dog rules. They’re allowed year-round, all day long, as long as they’re leashed. It’s also one of the Lowcountry’s most beautiful and fragile beaches. Walk to the end of Capt. Sam’s Spit for a panoramic view of the Kiawah River, the Atlantic Ocean, and the island’s dune and maritime forest ecosystems.
Directions from Charleston: Take Hwy 17 S and quickly bear left after the Ashley River Bridge toward Folly Beach. Pass EarthFare on your right, cross another bridge, and take a right onto Maybank Hwy/SC 700. Continue across James Island, cross a bridge, and continue straight. On Johns Island, take a left onto Main/Bohicket Rd. When you reach a traffic circle, bear left to Kiawah Island. Take the right to the park entrance just before the gate into the Kiawah community.
Kiawah Beachwalker Park: 843-768-2395 / Beachwalker Dr., Kiawah Island / www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?nid=59