Since sharing our bucket list item of walking the Ravenel Bridge, we have gotten tons of visitors looking for more information on this beautiful Charleston landmark. So, today we are excited to share everything you need to know about the Ravenel Bridge.
The Ravenel Bridge
Tell me about this gorgeous bridge!
The Arthur Ravenel Bridge spans the Cooper River between downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
The Ravenel Bridge is 2.7 miles long and features a pedestrian walkway the entire length. This sidewalk is separated from the road with a concrete barrier and therefore feels very safe and protected.
This bridge is a cable-stayed bridge meaning that it has tall, triangular cables suspending the entirety. This gives the bridge it’s iconic shape. The Ravenel Bridge does not have to open or raise to let boats through – it has 186 foot clearance underneath. You can frequently spot huge container ships passing underneath!
This is an 8 lane bridge with 4 lanes in each direction. The whole bridge is 575 feet tall and 13,200 feet long.
What is allowed on the bridge?
Walking is allowed on the pedestrian path on the bridge.
Bikes are allowed on the pedestrian path on the bridge.
Strollers are allowed on the pedestrian path on the bridge.
Dogs are NOT allowed on the pedestrian path on the bridge.
Where do I park to walk the Ravenel Bridge?
Memorial Waterfront Park
Memorial Waterfront Park is the easiest place to park to walk the bridge. It is located on the Mount Pleasant side of the bridge.
In addition to bridge access, the park is pretty awesome itself. It features the Mount Pleasant pier, which is a 1,250 foot long pier that runs under the bridge. They actually built this pier on the (sliced down) footings from the old bridge that predated the Ravenel Bridge – the Silas N. Pearman Bridge!
The park features:
- Gift cafe
- Special events
- Swings, picnic tables, and rocking chairs
- Tackle sales and rod rentals
The address to this park is: 71 Harry Hallman Blvd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
There is also a small parking lot on the Charleston side of the bridge at the base. It is a gravel lot and there are no amenities, so we recommend parking on the Mount Pleasant side.
What is the Cooper River Bridge Run?
The Cooper River Bridge Run is an annual event held in Charleston, South Carolina. It is a 10k race and is held in April. You can read about our experience at the Bridge Run here! Find more information about the bridge run on their official website.
Where else should I walk in Charleston?
There are tons of places to take beautiful walks in Charleston!
Here are some of our favorite walking spots in the Holy City: