Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shem Creek

The Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, locally known as the Cooper River Bridge, connects the Holy City of Charleston, SC with the suburb of Mt. Pleasant. The bridge is 6.2 miles long and is home to the immensely popular Cooper River Bridge Run held every April with some 50,000 runners signing up to participate. If you want to walk, run or ride the bridge, there is a walkway located along the bridge with parking lots on either side. It's a great free (but a bit noisy) way to have a fantastic view of the city.

The USS Yorktown

Fort Sumter - where the first shots of the Civil War were fired
Heading from the bridge into Mt. Pleasant you will come to Shem Creek, home of seafood restaurants, kayaking, boating and sunset watching. One of the most popular restaurants is Red's Icehouse. We stopped for half-price appetizers at Happy Hour at the Waters Edge Cabana Bar. If you'd like to spend the night, you can stay at Shem Creek Inn located right on the water and with reasonable prices.

If you'd like to take a fun walk and then head to Happy Hour with a beautiful sunset, then Shem Creek is for you.

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  1. The Cooper River Bridge's walkway is a fantastic idea. It seems like other bridges with great views don't have this and have to post signs warning motorists not to stop on the bridge. Shem Creek looks like a charming fishing town with pretty sunsets.

    1. The bridge has been rebuilt recently so they had the opportunity to create the walkway - it gets an incredible amount of activity. And the 2 parking areas are great also. Everything is very pedestrian friendly. I love it!

  2. Love Shem Creek and the Charleston area!