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.
Want to make your ride easier and more fun? Consider an electric bike. Asheville-based M2S Bikes offers a wide range of electric bikes that can help you climb hills faster and easier while still getting a great workout.
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.