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Shem Creek Park — Mount Pleasant, South Carolina


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Shem Creek Park

Shem Creek Park in Mount Pleasant opened to the public in October of 2011 and boasts a 2,200-foot-long boardwalk stretching from just beyond the Shem Creek bridge on Coleman Boulevard to the mouth of the Charleston Harbor.

Shem Creek Park

Ben Sumrell of Awendaw, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Visitors can fish from commercial docks along the boardwalk or just enjoy the pristine views from within the creek. The park is not just a recreational amenity but also an educational one, as nearby Moultrie Middle School utilizes the park for hands-on learning.

Shem Creek Park Boardwalk

Cris Hoskins of Douglasville, Georgia, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

On August 24, 2016 the city opened an additional 1,500-foot-long section of boardwalk that connects to the original, providing spectacular birding opportunities. A third phase is planned for the future and will include a pedestrian bridge over Shem Creek, crossing at Coleman Boulevard.

Shem Creek Park Mount Pleasant

Steve Rich of Aiken, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Public restrooms are available at the boardwalk, and people can access the park by car or boat. A popular fishing spot, the park is opened from 5:00 AM until midnight.

Shem Creek Park Mt. Pleasant

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A popular fixture along Shem Creek is this Great Egret known affectionately by locals as Henry. Henry can be seen daily along the boardwalk posing for pictures or trying to scope out a fisherman’s latest catch.

Henry Shem Creek

Steve Rich of Aiken, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Shem Creek Park


Contributor Jayson Doyle says: “Shem Creek offers fantastic views of sunsets over South Carolina’s famous marshland and waterways. Shem Creek is popular in Mount Pleasant for its boat access to the ocean and bars and restaurants lining the creek.”

Shem Creek Boardwalk

Jayson Doyle of Goose Creek, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cynthia Jarrell says of her photo: “The image is a scene that unfolds often as one walks the pier of Shem Creek Park and looks out over the marsh into the setting sun.”

Shem Creek Park Sunset

Cynthia Jarrell of Hanahan, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Shem Creek Park Info


Address: Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
GPS Coordinates: 32.79315,-79.8832

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One Comment about Shem Creek Park

Sharon Holmes says:
June 18th, 2015 at 8:22 am

Such a beautiful place on earth




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