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Trip Planner: USA / South Carolina / Coastal South Carolina / Charleston / Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Spanning 471 m (1,546 ft) over Charleston's Cooper River, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge stands as one of the world's longest cable-stayed bridges. Two support towers extend 175 m (575 ft), holding up eight lanes of traffic, and have been designed to withstand earthquakes, hurricane-force winds, and other extreme weather and disasters. You can walk or bike across the entirety of the bridge on the dedicated footpath for a sweeping view of the river and the surrounding urban area. Work out when and for how long to visit Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and other Charleston attractions using our handy Charleston travel app.
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge reviews
If you get a nice day, walk/run the bridge path and visit the pier and park underneath on the Mt. Pleasant side. It is a great way to get exercise and see the sights from a different perspective.
If you get a nice day, walk/run the bridge path and visit the pier and park underneath on the Mt. Pleasant side. It is a great way to get exercise and see the sights from a different perspective. more »
I went under this bridge on a harbor cruise. Very impressive. It was made to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes.
I went under this bridge on a harbor cruise. Very impressive. It was made to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes. more »
One of my best experiences during my visit to Charleston. The bridge itself is magnificent and an engineering marvel. If I lived here, I'd want to walk across it daily. Here are a few observations if you're planning to visit: Parking: I did a search for Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park on Google. There are a lot of parking spots located right under the bridge giving you easy access to the path. This is on the Mount pleasant side. Timing: The bridge is 2.5 miles long in one direction. There is an incline as you go up. Plan your timing accordingly based on your level of fitness and if you want to take a lot of photos. Weather: Three miles into the five mile trek, a massive storm blew in and I was soaked. There is nowhere to shelter (not a complaint...... This isn't something you'd expect on a bridge crossing). Check the weather before. The wind picks up very strongly at times so don't wear loose clothing etc.
Must-do for visitors and locals alike! This iconic bridge is Charleston. Either driving across (at night is magical), or walking/running/biking, or on a boat on the water below; you’ll never get tired of taking in the Holy City from this vantage point. If you want to cross without a car, free car park is beneath and a very short walk to get on the starting point. It’s very safe despite the cars whizzing by. It is very windy most of the time as a heads up. So a sun hat, or loose items are not recommended. You will not be disappointed making this stop on your list!
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