Desirable Places in Charleston, SC to Escape Life

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By Minta Pavliscsak

Ever have one of “those” days? Sure you have; we all have. The type of day where you just want to be alone and escape life for a bit. Between work, school, family, friends, and the constant connection with technology, places where you can just be alone are difficult to come by.

However, as long as you do not check in on Facebook or Yelp when you get there, you can seclude yourself and escape life if you wish to do so. Turn off your phone, bring a book, magazine, your puppy, a notebook, or simply your own thoughts, take a few deep breaths and enjoy your solitude.

Here are a few of the best hidden places in Charleston to escape life, if only for a few minutes.

Folly Beach: You have a few options here. The best places to go to be alone with your thoughts are as far east as you can go on the island, and as far west as you can go. On the east end you will enjoy a scenic view of Morris Island Lighthouse. The far west end is a bit further of a walk, but totally worth it. The walk there is part of the destination itself.

Charleston Waterfront Park swings at night: There’s not a sound much more soothing than the sound of water, and when accompanied by the feeling of gently swinging back and forth under the moonlight, worries seem to melt away. Bring a comfy sweatshirt, even in summertime as it tends to get a little chilly.

Melton Peter Demetre Park (formally Sunrise Park): If you want a unique view of Charleston and the surrounding areas, here is your spot. Nestled deep within James Island, this is the perfect place to start your day or spend the afternoon in peacefulness.? In the distance you can view the Cooper River Bridge or the church steeples of the peninsula.

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Allan Park

Fishing and Crabbing Dock at James Island County Park: Even if there is someone fishing, they usually just nod to say hi and focus on catching a big one. The dock is large enough for you to have your own spot to yourself. Bring your fishing pole, crab net, or just sit and enjoy the view.

Allan Park: Located just off of Ashley Avenue near Hampton Park, Allan Park is a splendid half acre of tranquility. There is a large fountain in the center and plenty of grass for picnics. There are also benches around the fountain if a blanket is not your thing.

Caw Caw Interpretive Center: Located about sixteen miles from downtown Charleston, Caw Caw Interpretive Center has remained virtually untouched over the years. Once several rice plantations, it is now home to a multitude of wildlife which you can enjoy along over six miles of trails winding throughout swamplands, cypress trees and boardwalks.

Magnolia Cemetery: Not many people think “relaxing” when it comes to cemeteries, but trust us on this one. Magnolia Cemetery is located on the banks of the Cooper River and in our opinion has to be one of the most beautiful places one could spend their resting days. Taking a stroll through this 92 acre stretch of land can give a whole new meaning to “escaping life”.

MUSC Urban Farm:? Right in the heart of the medical district off of Bee Street between Ashley and Courtenay is a safe haven.? In the heart of this square escape is an educational community garden where you will find everything from lemons, to rosemary to sunflowers with free gardening and nature lessons weekly.? Just outside the garden are open grassy areas and benches to relax, have a meal or just daydream.? Also, enclosed in this area are stretching equipment to keep your body physically fit.? This is a true mental and physical realm of health and solitude in the heart of the Charleston peninsula.

 

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Magnolia Cemetery

We know there are more, but we do not want to give away all of the secrets! If you have a favorite spot that you like to go to escape life and would like to share, please comment below.

Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier – Ageless Symbol

The Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier is a symbol of ageless beauty.? Situated at the “Edge of America”, the pier has been a symbol for Charleston for generations.? The current pier was built in 1995, but the first Folly pier was constructed in 1931 (84 Years ago)

From Gershwin to Murray, the pier has been an important part of our lives.? Folly Beach is a home for surfing, weddings, proposals, shagging, jazz, fishing, camping and reflection.? It is a complete escape and party with the pier being the pinnacle of it all.

It is a landmark of worth celebrating and admiring.? We wanted to provide a photographic journey for you with some of our favorite Folly pier images.

Black and White View
Black and White View

 

Symbol of Americana
Symbol of Americana

 

View from up above at the Tides
View from up above at the Tides

 

Sunrise on Folly
Sunrise on Folly

 

Under the boardwalk out on the sand
Under the boardwalk out on the sand

 

Folly pier sketch
Folly pier sketch

 

Almost like a painting
Almost like a painting

 

First glimmer of sunlight
First glimmer of sunlight

 

Peaceful morning on Folly
Peaceful morning on Folly

 

Sturdy structure
Sturdy structure

 

Waves crashing in
Waves crashing in

 

Rich blues of the sky and ocean
Rich blues of the sky and ocean

 

Starts with the foundation
Starts with the foundation

 

Getting my feet wet under the boardwalk
Getting my feet wet under the boardwalk

 

We hope you enjoyed this photographic walk along the beach and some of the many beautiful images of the Folly pier.

If you have great images to share, please send to charlestondaily2013@gmail.com and we would love to share the love.

 

Charleston Hidden Nature Treasure: Dock Street Park

One thing about being a resident of Charleston is that you never stop discovering new and wonderful places if you let your curiosity take you off the beaten path.? We are a complex set of waterways, inlets, peninsulas and park systems that allow us to lose ourselves in wonder.

Just a half a mile off of Folly Road and just 3 1/2 miles from downtown Charleston, there is a small piece of land that will take you away and let you be you.

On an evening just this week, we went to the end of the dock, where there is a picnic bench, enjoyed a bottle of Italian red wine and took photographs of the sunset over the marsh.? In the distance, a teen in a white tee-shirt played guitar, two women shared the dock with us and later as the sun set to the west a couple sat on the rocking bench as their dogs wandered the park.

This small hideaway offers so much in so little space:

  • You can fish off the pier into the marsh
  • View of the sunrise and sunset
  • View of Harbor View Road, James Island Connector and the Cooper River Bridge
  • Romantic rocking bench
  • Swing sets
  • Picnic tables and a small grill
  • Secluded and safe
  • Stunning views

Let us go on a photographic journey together and you too will fall in love.

Welcome to Dock Street Park
Look at the reflection of the clouds in the water
The tree stump adds something special
Who is up for a swing?
The tree stump adds something special
Birdhouse in the marsh
Time for a walk on the pier
Even the clouds are rejoicing
Sunrise moment

If you are looking for a quiet escape, a romantic swing, great photo opportunity, a picnic or some personal serenity time, find your way to Dock Street Park.? It will leave a lasting impression.

Escape to Pitt Street Bridge

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Have you ever gone for a walk at night, under a full moon and experienced a moment of Gatsby and Hemingway? Is there a place to sit on the lush grass, watch the moon reflected off the harbor and drink wine with your lover? Maybe you could crab or fish in murky water off a quaint bridge. There is a certain romanticism of the idea of connecting with nature and escaping the daily routines of life.

Pitt Street Bridge also known as Pickett Park offers this great escape. Just a short drive off of Coleman Boulevard through an unsuspecting suburban neighborhood, this walkway, custom made for friends, lovers and fishermen is a pathway to uncover some of the incredible beauty of Charleston.

Cornered off between Old Village Mount Pleasant?and Sullivan’s?Island, Pitt Street Bridge is situated perfectly. From picnics to fireworks, to the distant sounds of Hootie and the Blowfish playing at the Family Circle Cup arena, you can be taken away without leaving Mount Pleasant.
How can such a beautiful and strategically placed path of tranquility be hidden for so long? This is one of the many charms of Charleston.
Just down the street from the Pitt Street Bridge in the Old Mount Pleasant is the Village Bakery. This is a tiny rustic bakery where you can get breakfast, lunch or coffee. If you do stop by, try the pimento grits and the chocolate banana nut muffin. Those are two of the many things that will keep you coming back.

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Get a nice basket of food and take the short drive to the Bridge. Lay a blanket out and watch the birds or boats in the harbor. If I didn’t mention it already, this is a haven for bird watchers. You will see several unique species in their natural habitat.
I know this quite a bit to take in.

We just introduced you to a spot in Mount Pleasant where you can:

? Kayak
? Picnic
? Go crabbing or fishing
? Jog
? Take a romantic walk
? Bird Watch
? Watch the sunrise and sunset

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It may sound like a dream come true, but it is all there free of charge. Plan your escape soon to Pitt Street Bridge and don’t forget your camera. You will want to create some lasting memories.

Pitt Street Bridge Video