In 2005, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge which spans the Cooper River joining downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant opened. It has become one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Charleston skyline alongside the Holy City’s church steeples. A unique feature of this cable-stayed bridge is its 2.5-mile-long walk and bike lane. We live in the Lowcountry, so it’s exciting to have a little elevation added to a walk or run. This change in perspective provides a bird’s eye view of the two cities. Boats and dolphins play in the Cooper River. Here is some information you need to know before walking the Ravenel Bridge.
Before You Go: Walking the Ravenel Bridge
What to bring:
- Sun Protection
Sun exposure is prominent on the bridge. The only shade is a passing cloud. Sunscreen, sunglasses, or a hat are good items to have on hand.
- Moisture wicking clothing
The breeze is usually pretty strong up above the water. Athletic wear will keep you the most comfortable while working up a sweat.
- Crossbody Bag or Fanny Pack and Water Bottle
A small lightweight bag is helpful for carrying car keys and personal items and water will keep you hydrated. The path is 2.5 miles one way. If you walk the whole bridge and back, it’s five miles. Stay hydrated!
Where to Park:
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hellman Jr Blvd Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
The park has ample parking, clean restrooms, a pier, a little shop and beautiful scenery to enjoy before or after your walk. There’s also a great playground for the kids!
Where to Eat After:
You might work up an appetite walking the bridge. A great way to enjoy the park is to bring a picnic and dine right there by the bridge! If you would rather treat yourself to one of the many restaurants nearby, here are some of my favorites:
- Charleston Harbor Fish House (lunch and dinner)
- Vicious Biscuit (breakfast and lunch)
- Page’s Okra Grill (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- The Pickled Palate (lunch)
Now that you know the basics, I hope you feel confident to exercise in a fun way! Whether you choose to walk or run the bridge, remember to ‘stay in your lane’. There is a designated bike lane for cyclists. They are dealing with the same incline and decline you are but on wheels. So for the safety of everyone… be aware of your surroundings and stick to the pedestrian lane.
Have you walked the bridge? Tag a friend to join you on a bridge walk.
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