Arthur Ravenel Bridge

The Arthur Ravenel Bridge is immense. There are 4 lanes of traffic for each direction across the harbor between Charleston and Mount Pleasant. There is a nice pedestrian and bicycle walkway that crosses the bridge where you can find a beautiful view of the harbor and cities of Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

There is a designated parking area in Patriot's Point that can be used to access the bridge walkway.  It is also accessable from Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park.

View of the Ravenel from a harbor cruise

Cost
Free
Address
W Coleman Blvd & Patriots Point Rd; Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Type of Attraction
Area Location
Charles' Review

We have walked up the bridge a number of times over the years.  It's a great way to work off those large meals, because the food comes at a price!

View along the Ravenel Bridge structure from the pedestrian path
View from the observation area of the Ravenel

 

Support cables
View of the support cables

 

 

View of the harbor from the Ravenel
Sailboat passes through the Ravenel

May 2008

We walked the bridge during our May 2008 Spoleto trip. The view was pretty nice and well worth the walk and exercise. We saw a wide angle view of the penninsula stretching across the harbor into Patriots Points, Mount Pleasant, and beyond. There was a cargo ship unloading at the ship yards. A large sail boat passed under the bridge, heading up the Cooper River.

I am a little uneasy with heights. If you contemplate walking up the bridge, be aware that it does shake at the apex of the bridge. There is a large scale shock absorption system built into the superstructure, so this is completely normal and supposed to happen. I still think it was worth it and we'll be doing it again next time too!

  

If you're looking for a unique view of the city and surrounding harbor area, you might consider walking the bridge too.

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