A total of 2,200 feet long, the boardwalk runs from Coleman Boulevard to near the mouth of the creek. Standing at the harbor end of the walkway, you can see all the way from Fort Sumter to Castle Pinckney.
If you come by boat, you can tie up at one of the floating docks attached to the boardwalk. Visitors driving to Shem Creek can park in a 35-space lot next to the public restrooms or in a spillover parking area on Shrimp Boat Lane.
The new 10-foot-wide boardwalk provides diners with a convenient and picturesque pathway to take an après-seafood stroll along the marsh — and enjoy a view previously available only to boaters.
The first section of boardwalk connects from the parking lot just off Coleman Boulevard to a hummock island in the marsh. From there, you can walk to the harbor and the recreational docks, or take the span that leads to the commercial docks where you can get a close-up look at working shrimp and crab boats.
You can take a Charleston Water Taxi from downtown Charleston to the creekside park. The shuttle boat runs on an hourly schedule.
The Shem Creek park and boardwalk is open daily from 5 a.m. to midnight.