Climb the Ravenel Bridge and Boat Back (Downtown Charleston): With its 575 feet of elevation gain, the Ravenel Bridge is the closest thing to running up a mountain in the Lowcountry. The annual Cooper River Bridge Run is among the nation’s premiere races, but runners can enjoy the wide pedestrian lane all year long. Extend your run by hanging a right at the base of the Mt. Pleasant side and continuing to Patriots Point, where a water taxi will take you back downtown on the hour. From the parking below, it is a little more than 5 miles one-way to Patriots Point.
Directions from Charleston: If you plan on taking the water taxi back then park at the Charleston Maritime Center off Calhoun St. at 10 Wharfside St. Park on the street or the parking garage on Calhoun St. between Washington and Concord St.