Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou



Experiencing the Cooper River like never before

Posted 2/11/2011 11:37:00 AM

Planning a day trip or vacation to the Lowcountry any time soon? If so, carve out a little time to stop in at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. The park is located on the grounds of the old Navy Base and is home to the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial. The memorial honors sailors and civilians who served the Charleston area and the United States when the Navy base was up and running.

The military memorial is just one of the things I love about Riverfront Park. There are countless others, like the spectacular view of the Cooper River. Because the park sits on the bank of the river, you get a panoramic view of the water. If you want to do more than just gaze at the Cooper River, you can get a bit more interactive by dropping a line into it. Riverfront has a really nice fishing pier that stays busy year-round.

Riverfront really has a little something for everyone. There’s a nice trail that circles the park for walkers, runners and cyclists. The rolling green meadow is the perfect place for families to enjoy a picnic or game of Frisbee. If you’re an art enthusiast, you will love the contemporary sculptures that dot the landscape.

You can’t leave Riverfront without checking out the historic Naval Officer homes that are next to the park. Situated among oak trees draped in Spanish Moss, the homes are stately and beautiful.

Riverfront Park is a beautiful, quiet and Lowcountry gem. Once you go, you’ll understand why it’s one of my favorite places to visit.

Getting There

Riverfront Park is located on the former Charleston Navy Base. You can get there from Interstate 526 or 26. Enter from the gate at McMillan or Virginia Avenue and turn onto Hobson Avenue. From there, follow the Riverfront Park signs. Click here for more information.