Since it was completed in 2005, the Ravenel Bridge has quickly become one of Charleston’s most iconic landmarks. But, 10 years later, some area residents still haven’t seen it up close. Sure, you’ve probably driven across the bridge that connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant, SC, and gazed up in awe at the massive cables over head. But, have you ever walked across it? Have you ever stopped at the center of the bridge to take in the spectacular view? If not, you need to. The next time you have a beautiful day with nothing to do, consider going for a walk on the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge.
3 Reasons to Go for a Walk on the Ravenel Bridge
1. It’s a Fun Way to Exercise
Walking across the Ravenel Bridge is a great way to stay active. And although it is this is a popular activity amongst tourists and locals who live near the bridge, many Kiawah and Seabrook Island residents haven’t yet made the trek. Whether you go for a leisurely stroll or put in an intense workout, you will be in good company. All day long, the pedestrian path on the bridge is filled with walkers, joggers, runners, and biker.You’ll find visitors of all ages and fitness levels enjoying the beautiful walk along the path or riding their bike in the separate bike lane.
How long is the Ravenel Bridge?
The Ravenel Bridge walking path is 2.5 miles from one side to the other, or 5 miles round trip. But, that doesn’t mean you have to trek across the whole thing. Many visitors stop at the halfway point of the bridge, about 1.2 miles up, and turn back. Either way, you’ll enjoy a scenic route above the Charleston Harbor.
2. You Can Take Part in a Major Charleston Event
If you’ve never participated in the Cooper River Bridge Run, this 10K race is a great way to experience the Ravenel Bridge. Every year on the first weekend in April, walkers and runners from across the country arrive in Charleston for this exciting event. This year, sign up to participate in the Ravenel Bridge run and join the fun! The race starts in Mount Pleasant near Shem Creek and ends in downtown Charleston with an exciting post-run celebration.
3. The Views of the Water are Fantastic
No matter what time of day you cross the Ravenel Bridge, you will be blown away by the spectacular views. When zipping across the bridge in a car, It is hard to fully-appreciate the panoramic views. But, when you walk along the bridge, you will have ample opportunity to gaze onto the glittering Charleston Harbor. From the top of the bridge, you will see Charleston’s steeple-dotted skyline, and the Wando and Cooper Rivers flowing through the harbor, Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, and more. And for the best views, go to the bridge in the early morning to catch the sunrise, or in the evening to catch the sunset. Either way, the view is simply breathtaking.
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