The city of Charleston is surrounded by island communities connected via bridges over the Ashley and Cooper rivers. This provides local cyclists with incredible routes, as well as elevation change in an otherwise overwhelmingly flat part of the state.
Riding from downtown to Patriot’s Point will take you over the Ravenel Bridge, an elevation gain of over 200 feet above the Cooper River, and provide an outstanding view of the city, not to mention a great workout. If you’d rather venture over to James or Johns Island, simply head west from downtown, and cross over the Ashley river to ride under the shade of live oaks, beside tidal creeks, and through quiet, scenic neighborhoods.
The further you venture away from the city, the more rural the roads get. If you want to cruise country roads and feel like you’ve ridden into the 1920s, take a ride through Johns Island and on into Wadmalaw. Cycling through the heart of the lowcountry is one of the best ways to see and understand this part of Carolina.