Ashley River National Scenic Byway
The Ashley River National Scenic Byway is a national treasure. Few roads in the United States possess historic resources, scenic qualities and cultural resources of such stature in so compact an area. The Ashley River Road encapsulates the history of the American South. It is much more than a plantation route of elegant gateways and distinguished landmark properties. It traces the history of European settlement, commerce and industry, slavery, two wars and the environmental degradation of Reconstruction. The Ashley River Scenic Byway road itself is considered one of the first recognized scenic automobile touring routes.
A 24-mile segment of the Ashley River was designated a State Scenic River extending from (US Highway 17-A) near Summerville to the Mark Clark expressway (I-526) bridge in Charleston. Within this segment, a visitor can experience a blackwater swamp, the tides of the Atlantic, and the history of South Carolina.