Going for a run? Here are the 5 best places in the Holy City

As one of the most attractive tourist destinations in America, it’s not surprising that thousands of visitors pour into Charleston every week

The food, the history and the scenery continue to enchant both residents and guests alike.

For tourists who like to be active while on vacation, the city has even more to offer. Though it may not be noticeable at first glance, Charleston’s most famous destinations double as amazing running spots.


Colonial Lake

Nestled in the heart of Harleston Village in between Rutledge and Ashley avenues, the man-made Colonial Lake Park is the perfect place for a jog.

Only a few blocks from the Battery, during the day you can catch a nice breeze off the water, and during the night streetlights keep the area safely well-lit.

The park is landscaped, well-maintained and surrounded by beautifully traditional Charlestonian houses.

Additionally, each lap around the lake is a half-mile, so you can easily keep track of your run in one of the prettiest spots Charleston has to offer.


The Battery

A classic tourist destination, the Battery has more to offer than just ocean views.

The sidewalk is wide and lends itself easily to running, and it’s hard to get bored with the waves on one side and some of the most historic houses in the city on the other.

The Battery is easily one of the most iconic spots in Charleston, and one of the most enjoyable running routes in the city.


The Ravenel Bridge

For runners looking for a more challenging course, look no further than the stunning Ravenel Bridge.

The bridge is about two-and-a-half miles in length with a slight incline, but once at the top the view can’t be beat.

Driving over it doesn’t begin to compare to the feeling of running to the top, and it’s a must for anyone with an interest in running and experiencing Charleston.


Museum Mile

The Museum Mile, as the name suggests, is exactly a mile down Meeting Street, from Calhoun Street to the Battery Park.

This route covers as many tourist spots in Charleston as you could hope to see on a run, including many museums, historic churches and even the entrance to the famous Market Street open market.

As far as city running goes, Museum Mile can’t be beat.

But the best part?

At the end of the mile, you can keep running down the Battery, or stop and enjoy the park!


Waterfront Park

One of the most famous spots in Charleston and home to the iconic “Pineapple Fountain,” this park is also a great place to run, with views of the harbor and the Ravenel Bridge.

Right in the heart of downtown, Waterfront Park is the perfect place to experience a little open air without even leaving the city.


by Callie McCully

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