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Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: South Carolina State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees to drive the byway.
Length, One-Way: 11 Miles (18.33 Kilometers)
Time: 25 minutes without stopping, or as much as two day

General Information

Description - Mention of the Ashley River Road in South Carolina evokes images of ancient live oaks, Spanish moss stirring in a warm summer breeze, and elegant brick gates that hint at the architectural splendor found at the end of shaded drives.

The Ashley River Road in South Carolina is a national treasure. Few roads in the United States possess historic resources, scenic qualities, and cultural splendor of such stature in a compact area. The Ashley River Road encapsulates the history of the American South. The road is much more than a plantation route of elegant gateways and distinguished landmark houses and gardens. It traces the history of European settlement, commerce, and industry, as well as slavery, two wars, and the environmental degradation of phosphate mining during Reconstruction. The road itself is historically significant in American roadway management, with some of the earliest documented highway ordinances in the new world. In the early twentieth century, the Ashley River Road was one of the first recognized scenic automobile touring routes in the country.

Attractions - The Ashley River Road is known for it's Cultural, Historical and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : The byway begins at milepost 5.84 (Charleston County) in Church Creek and goes to milepost 15.75 (Dorchester County) near SC 165. There are two main ways to access the byway:

  • From Charleston (Historic District and Central Business District): Proceed west on U.S. Route 17 to the Ashley River Memorial Bridge (WWI Memorial Bridge). Stay in the right lane on the bridge and exit to SC Highway 61/171 (St. Andrews Boulevard). In approximately 2 miles, head left for SC 61. Follow SC 61 for approximately 5 miles to Church Creek, the designated beginning of the scenic byway.

  • From Charleston International Airport: Follow the Airport exit to I-26. Proceed south on I-26 (toward Savannah). Exit south for I-526. From I-526, exit to Ashley River Road (SC 61). Proceed west (also known as the Glenn McConnel Parkway) to Bee's Ferry Road. Turn right on Bee's Ferry Road and proceed approximately 2 miles to the Ashley River Road. At this point, you join the byway approximately 2 miles from its eastern start.

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Additional Information:
South Carolina Scenic Byways - All three byways in South Carolina, Ashley River Road, Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway and Savannah River Scenic Byway, are designated National Scenic Byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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