Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

A Mount Pleasant Jewel

Posted 5/12/2010 2:45:00 PM
A Mount Pleasant Jewel

A trip to the Lowcountry wouldn't be the same without a walk, run or drive over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. The next time you visit, be sure to check out a special jewel tucked neatly under the foot the bridge in Mount Pleasant. Memorial Waterfront Park offers lots of green space, walking trails and stunning views of the Cooper River and the bridge. The park is a great place for a brisk stroll if you're looking to avoid the crowds on the bridge or if you simply want a less taxing workout. I love going to the park after work to unwind and watch the sunset over Charleston harbor. The park plays host to a variety of people. Families are usually spotted in the playground area, while anglers line up along the 1,250-foot fishing pier hoping to hook a big one. There's also a visitors center and war memorial that honors local veterans.

One of the most interesting park highlights is the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion. There, you'll find displays on the sweetgrass basket history as well as local basketmakers demonstrating and selling their artwork.

Waterfront Park is one of my favorite Lowcountry places. Once you visit, you'll definitely understand why. Park hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m daily. The fishing pier closes at 10 p.m. The sweetgrass basketmakers are onsite from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See www.ccprc.com/ for additional information on fishing tournaments and dance parties that are held at the pier.