Cooper River Bridge
U.S. 17, Mount Pleasant, SC
Charleston’s most popular running spot and home of the famous Cooper River Bridge Run is also one of the best places to get a beautiful view of the peninsula. The suspension bridge, completed in 2005, was designed specifically to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian activities, so there is a designated concrete multi-use path separated from traffic by a concrete barrier. The path is 2.5 miles long from end to end, with the steeper side (closest to Mt. Pleasant) rising for one mile and the less steep side (closest to Charleston) descending for 1.5 miles. If you’re looking for the only place in Charleston to get a hill workout – and a tough one, at that – this is the place for you! The bridge is marked with mile markers approximately every quarter mile, and separate bicycle and pedestrian lanes span the entire path. Water fountains are available at both ends of the bridge, and benches are located at each end of the bridge and at the apex, where fitness lovers can get an amazing view of the city at both day and night! The Shell station on the Mount Pleasant side of the bridge is available for both parking and as a restroom. There is ample parking in Mount Pleasant either under the bridge, at the Shell station, or in Patriot’s Point along the roadway. The bridge can get crowded at peak times, which makes it particularly important for cyclists and pedestrians to stay alert and stick to their respective lanes as much as possible.