Started in Summerville Wal-Mart parking lot, went towards Goose Creek into Cyprus Gardens. Through Bushing Park and towards Mt Pleasant (watch speed when going through the open Navy Base). Quick jot through the Charleston Peninsula and James Island to BEAUTIFUL Johns Island (again watch speed going to the Stono Bridge into Johns Island). Stopped for lunch at Freshfields Village on Kiawah. Went back through the other side of Johns Island towards West Ashley. Passed all the beautiful plantations and ended back at the Summerville Wal-Mart.
This is easily ridden over several hours because it is a country ride with a number of interesting venues along the route. The Road departs from near the town of Blythewood at I-77 heading north into Fairfield County and winds northwest to the Fairfield Airfield where a stop is nice. Civil aviation airport. Continues into the country west of Winnsboro and re-enters Winnsboro's historic homes area, many dating back 150 years or more. In town a great lunch can be found at the Cornwallis Tea Room located on Main Street whose owner lives in the same 18th century home where British General Cornwallis staged his headquarters during the Revolutionary period. The tea room is worth the stop for lunch! Continue the route south winding your way back to the start point. Plenty of amenities for gas and refreshments in Winnsboro and Blythewood.
Stop at Parr resevior for a pee and drink of water from the hand pump fountain. You can take Mt. Pleasant Rd instead of going west on 34 and go straight up to Carlisle but the route shown here offers a pit stop in Whitmire for Ethanol Free refill.
Awesome Ride to get out for the day. Lots of stops along the way.
Around Lake Marion and Moultry
Starting in Charleston this is one very long day, or a great overnight ride with a stop in Wilmington. There is a lot to see on this ride with a lot of stops if you like. We do.
From Charleston to Georgetown through the Francis Marion forest, its peaceful Its a good warm up with little traffic. A stop in Mclellanville is a great idea and youll be glad you did if you take it all the way to the shrimp boats and wharf. TW Grahams is worth a separate trip to have great seafood. Rustic and homey - very - great.
Stops from Mclellanville include Georgetown - take the right turn and see the historic downtown. Buzzs Roost is a great spot for a break. Go upstairs to the deck if its nice. Next is Murrells Inlet. Lots there.
From Murrells inlet, this route does the tourist thing into Myrtle Beach and through the grand strand. Its a great freak show if you are up for it and if not then just stay on 17N and bypass it. We like to take it all in. Then its up through N. Myrtle and to Southport.
Southport is the special sauce. Read carefully! Lol. Take the ferry from Southport to Fort Fisher and ride up the coast through Carolina Beach and into Wilmington. From there Wrightsville beach is the best stop. Blue Water Grill is a destination to cap off the ride.
Again, this is one long day ride and will eat up 8-10 hours easily.. An overnight is perfect.
Here is another South Carolina afternoon jaunt that includes a bit of freeway, some very backcountry wandering, and a push into the edge of the Sumter National Forest heading down to Lake Monticello area, through the forested area SE of there which includes numerous Revolutionary War Historical markers and sites which are still standing. The turn-off from I-77 to White Oak Camp is a very nice road and pleasant to the eyes. Skirting Chester to the SW and ride west for a dozen miles is a pleasant and fast route. Be sure to stop at Lake Monticello, it is a secret and beautiful quiet lake. Some junkie areas around the lake, not to worry, just keep pushing into the forest and find those Revolutionary War sites, stop and read, reflect, continue back to the All American City of Blythewood where you can refuel, refit, and take the freeway in any direction.
This roundtrip provides a diversity of routes for a few hours on the road. Plus, the mid-trip destination is outstanding, the Bermuda High Soaring Club which features awesome Glider soaring for good rates! Along with this, it is back-country South Carolina. Coming out of Blythewood towards Lancaster, Highway 21 is an arrow of a road where you can see for miles ahead. A Good fast road. Lancaster is a classic old southern town of beauty. Head from there towards more countryside, flatter terrain towards Jefferson and Thermal Trail. It is surprisingly pleasant including vistas where you get a wide-open sense not usually available in the Low Country of the state. Stop at Bermuda Soaring on Thermal Trail, sit down at their place indoors, eat and drink, enjoy the ambiance, and talk planes. Thermal trail is gravel, so be careful. Head out on country roads towards Kershaw pick up the fast road again to Camden, heart of Horse Racing and all things of the Southern Aristocracy and the Revolutionary War. Enter Camden at your own risk, traffic! Skirt the town, head back to Ridgeway via secondary road with plenty of curves and straightways and cruise south into Blythewood to an emerging Southern town to Doko Meadows Park where by next summer youll be able to relax in authentic charm with large oak trees, a lake, and welcome center!