1. Pitt Street Bridge
Nestled in the heart of the Old Village, the Pitt Street Bridge offers the perfect vantage point to capture panoramic photos of the Lowcountry. Originally built as a trolley bridge to connect Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island at the turn of the 20th century, most of the original bridge was razed, leaving a fishing pier extending out toward Cove Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway. From the palm-lined bridge, photographers can capture downtown Charleston, Sullivan’s Island, James Island, and the Ravenel Bridge.
2. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
The 1,250-foot-long fishing pier at Waterfront Park stretches into the Cooper River, alongside the Ravenel Bridge, offering a unique view of the bridge. Looking up at the Ravenel Bridge, photographers can shoot the sun setting behind the bridge’s spires or the many passing boats as they roll down the river. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to catch a cargo ship heading to port.
3. Shem Creek
Mount Pleasant’s most picturesque waterway just happens to have new, sprawling boardwalks that provide the best spot for photographing the creek and the surrounding marshes. Stroll the docks with camera in hand and capture the weathered shrimp boats, fishing charters, and the occasional dolphin that decorate the creek.
4. Boone Hall Plantation
The iconic Avenue of Oaks at Boone Hall is ¾ of a mile of live oaks draped with Spanish moss leading up to the main house. The road is a popular spot for wedding photos, but you don’t need to be a bride to take advantage of the scenery. In addition to the stunning oaks, the formal gardens, Cotton Dock, and surrounding grounds all provide a beautiful backdrop for photographs.