A popular vacation spot, Charleston, South Carolina is known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, renowned restaurants, and friendly people. The main downtown and harbor area is known as The Battery. Running in Charleston is a treat, with numerous scenic and historic routes, taking advantage of the city’s waterfront setting, historic homes and buildings, and numerous rivers.
The best places to run in Charleston center around our downtown ‘runseeing’ tour, and the waterfront, including routes to the historic Citadel, over the bridge to Patriots Point. We also recommend the Sullivan’s Island for more waterfront running. For parks, there’s a great loop around Hampton Park and Brittlebank Park. James Island Country Park, west of the city, has some scenic loops around a tidal marsh. For a great destination run, head to Kiawah Island, 25 miles southwest of Charleston, for 10 miles of fantastic beachfront running and 30 miles of bike paths. Further north, see our guide for Myrtle Beach.
The central part of Charleston is very walkable. The bus system is operated by the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). The city and neighboring towns have developed along the Kanawha river to the east and west, though some residential areas can be found on the surrounding hills and nearby valleys. Note Charleston’s summer weather is very hot and humid, featuring near daily downpours and thunderstorms.