When you think of South Carolina, you think beautiful scenic views- Spanish moss hanging from massive oak trees, peaceful ocean vibes, unforgettable sunrises and sunsets along the beach. Well, Ms. Raspberry has done the work and would like to share with her fellow dog and human buddies some of her favorite destinations in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina that aren’t the typical dog park, but rather, they are places you can visit that are both dog-friendly and human-friendly. All our locations are outdoors and nearby water. We enjoy the outdoors because we gain so much happiness and peace from our surroundings. It’s another form of therapy, which has taught us some really healthy self-care habits, as a result.
So, let’s get to it already. Raspberry’s picks are based on a pretty simple rating scale:
- Dog friendly
- Human friendly
- Easy to find parking
- Convenient hours of operation
- Any hidden costs
- Locations near me
In no particular order, here is Raspberry’s list. And please let us know your suggestions! We’re always looking for new destinations to explore. Our list happens to focus on places in Mount Pleasant that are close to me, but we’re open to all areas of Charleston.
Sullivan’s Island Beach
So many dogs! Small dogs and big dogs are welcome here. This place is extremely dog-friendly. Between swimming, rolling around in the sand, and playing with friends, Raspberry always leaves this place satisfied. And I love the sunrises and sunsets. Occasionally, I’ll jump in for a swim myself. Parking along the side streets is free; just make sure that your tires are completely off the pavement to avoid getting a parking ticket. And this beach does require that you purchase an annual dog permit from the local townhouse. The cost varies between $25-$50.00. Though pups can range freely, there are off-leash and leash hours. This depends on the season. For more information, check out their page: https://sullivansisland.sc.gov/dog-licenses
Summer Hours (May 1 – September 30)
Off-leash: 5:00am – 10:00am
No dogs on beach: 10:00am – 6:00pm
On-leash: 6:00pm – 5:00am
Winter Hours (October 1 – April 30)
Off-leash: 5:00am – 12:00pm
On-leash: 12:00pm – 5:00am
Isle of Palms Beach
This beach is just down to road from Sullivan’s Island Beach. It too allows for pups to roam off-leash but with restricted hours, as well. The beach is entirely free for the pup and owner, no permits necessary. Parking is free but can be a little more tricky depending on the time of the year. You must park on the side of the street, all wheels off the pavement. Again, make sure to follow the rules because it’s not fun coming back to a parking ticket after a relaxing morning or evening walk with your fur buddy. For more information, check out their page: https://www.iop.net/dogs-
Summer Hours (April 1 – September 14)
Off-leash: 5:00am – 9:00am
On-leash: 9:00am – 5:00am
Winter Hours (September 15 – March 31)
Off-leash: 4:00pm – 10:00am
On-leash: 10:00pm – 4:00pm
Pit Street Bridge
This is a fun place to walk and explore. Vibrant marshy water, beautiful views of downtown Charleston, cargo ships coming in and out of the port, and friendly people surround you; hence, it’s called the Ocean Walk at Pitt Street Bridge Park. Parking along the street is free and dogs are allowed at all hours as long as they are leashed. Walk a few blocks down and you’ll find the James B. Edwards Municipal Park and the Alhambra Hall where many of the locals take their pups out for their daily exercise.
Ocean Walk: 972 Pitt St, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
James B. Edwards Municipal Park: 320 Royall Ave, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Alhambra Hall: 131 Middle St, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Shems Creek Park
It is here where Raspberry and I often find dolphins. Dolphin sightings are always fun and exciting! Dogs must be on-leash when walking along the boardwalks but this experience is free and so is the parking. You can get the best pictures of the low-country sunsets over the memorable Charleston Harbor. After your walk, you and your pup can enjoy a meal or drink at one of the many restaurants surrounding the creek wetlands. Catch a glimpse of the many shrimp boats and paddle boarders along the way, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a manatee!
Shems Creek Park : Shrimp Boat Lane, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
I hope you find this list helpful and remember to share with us your favorite dog-friendly locations!