I live a few miles from Folly. Just wanted to help clear up a few points.
You can camp at James Island County Park. There is primitive camping but also RV has showers. Just like Maryland the barrier islands have rivers on each end. As SeaDart pointed out, the Wash Out is for the butt hole surfers. The surf is just as good anywhere else on the island and there are many parking lots with a beach walk over. Just look for them. The county park washed out but there is public parking access a few hundred yards up form that, you just have to look for them. Then park on the street once you are unloaded or pay the $5 fee. The south side has a larger inlet and the conditions vary depending on wind. The north side has Light House Inlet, and Morris Island. As others said, check with the Meetup Group. Don't worry too much about low or high tide. Most people plan the tides for each trip. There is also public parking at the north end right at the gate, so just put in on the ocean side and not haul them down the lighthouse access.
This is a video when we were messing around and put in at the parking access on the north end. Feel free to email me. I've paddled wiht Marshall and his wife at the ECCKF... and friends take showers and wash up at my place when they are camping on the island..
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