My Charleston Adventures

Outdoor Adventure in Charleston, SC

Sunset on the Ravenel Bridge (courtesy T. Riesen)

Sunset on the Ravenel Bridge (courtesy T. Riesen)

Welcome to the Charleston Adventure Guide-your guide to hiking, biking, running, watersports, paddling, family friendly, fishing, and dog friendly adventures in Charleston, SC including Francis Marion National Forest, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and more.

Bike the Ravenel Bridge

Forget the horse-drawn carriages: historic Charleston is best viewed by bicycle. Park at the Visitors’ Center on Meeting St., then head over to King St. and pedal north 1 mile to Huger St. Turn left, then turn right on Ashley Ave. Circumnavigate Hampton Park before turning into the Citadel, Charleston’s impressive military college. Exit the school on Hagood Ave., then turn right onto Fishburne St. Fishburne becomes Lockwood Ave., which will lead you all the way around the Charleston peninsula along the Battery with its views of the harbor and Fort Sumter. From there, continue along the water to East Bay St. As you head north, a bike lane appears on your right, which then leads up the Ravenel Bridge. From its apex, you’ll enjoy the best view of Charleston available and can survey the route you’ve just ridden through town. Cruise back down East Bay and take a right on Chapel St.(which becomes John St.) to finish back at the Visitors’ Center. Read More/Get Directions

Loop Through a Historic Sea Island (Wadmalaw Island)

Just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston , the agrarian island of Wadmalaw still exists much as it has for a century. Liberia Rd. (SC 68) allows bicyclists to ride a 9.8 mile loop, or continue down Bears Bluff Rd. another 4.3 miles to White Point Landing and the confluence of the Wadmalaw and Edisto Rivers. Reward your efforts here with a visit to the Firefly Distillery’s tasting room (6775 Bears Bluff Rd.), where you can sample the original Sweet Tea Vodka and their authentic muscadine wines.

Directions from Charleston: Take Hwy 17 S and quickly bear left after the Ashley River Bridge toward Folly Beach. Pass EarthFare on your right, cross another bridge, and take a right onto Maybank Hwy./SC 700. Continue across James Island, cross a bridge, then continue straight across Johns Island. Once on Wadmalaw, drive 2.5 miles and park at the intersection of Maybank and Bears Bluff Rd.

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