Shem Creek | Mount Pleasant, SC
I LOVE Shem Creek. It is one of my favorite all time places to be! Let me share with you what I love about this friendly, diverse and beautiful area.
About Shem Creek
Shem Creek is a navigable waterway known for it's great restaurants, watersports, shrimp boats, and wildlife. The dolphins and pelicans are attracted to the area by boaters cleaning their fish. Keep your eyes on the water while you are dining or just visiting and you are sure to see a dolphin. If you're lucky, you may even see a manatee!
Shem Creek Park
Parking, public restrooms, educational plaques, and a long creekfront boardwalk make this park special. The boardwalk runs from Coleman Boulevard to near the mouth of the creek and is 2,200 feet long and ten feet wide. It connects the parking to a marsh island and then splits. Choose between walking towards the harbor and the recreational docks, or taking the span that leads to the commercial docks.
Shem Creek by Water
Visit Shem Creek by water as part of a sightseeing tour with Charleston Water Taxi. If you have your own boat, tie up at one of the floating docks attached to the Shem Creek Park boardwalk. The Reel Deal picks up in the creek for fishing charters (including deep sea), eco-tours, or just trips with the family. Coastal Expeditions offers a Shem Creek kayaking tour that includes visiting the Charleston Harbor; or you can explore on your own and rent a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or a kayak.
Shem Creek Area Real Estate
This section is updated as blog posts are written about Shem Creek area neighborhoods.
Shem Creek Neighborhood - Millwood While driving over the Shem Creek bridge towards downtown Charleston you are sure to notice the docks on the right. These docks are in Millwood, a small and unique neighborhood with just sixteen homes.
Read more about Millwood here.
Shem Creek Neighborhood - Cooper Estates While driving over the Shem Creek bridge towards downtown Charleston you are sure to notice the docks on the right. These docks are in Millwood, a small and unique neighborhood with just sixteen homes.
Read more about Cooper Estates here.
Shem Creek Neighborhood - The Groves Located between Coleman Boulevard and Johnnie Dodds It includes Lansing Drive, Cliffwood Drive, Lakeview Drive and their cross streets. Head towards Coleman boulevard (on foot!) and you are minutes away from fabulous Shem Creek and all she has to offer. Or, head towards Johnnie Dodds and walk to everyone's favorite grocery store - Trader Joes!
Read more about The Groves here.
Shem Creek Neighborhood - Bay View Acres Features include tree lined streets, a boat landing, playground and tennis courts. The lots are large, around a half acre, and some of are on the marsh with peeks of the harbor and/or deep water access.
Read more about Bay View Acres here.
Shem Creek Restaurants
There is no way to talk about Shem Creek without discussing their restaurants. An old favorite, Shem Creek Bar and Grill is known for their casual atmosphere and their down home preparations.
Cross over Coleman Blvd. to the bulk of the Shem Creek Restaurants. On the church street side- one of the newest additions, Tavern & Table, was created to be a comfortable gathering place for sharing small plates for the table or enjoying a hearty meal. Next Door, Red's Ice House is the perfect place to grab a cold beer and local seafood catch after spending a day on the water. A little further down. . . R.B.'s Seafood Restaurant takes the cake. Literally! You should try their fabulous Coconut Cake. The Wreck is still on Shem Creek, but off of Haddrell Street. Go here for ultra casual but great seafood.
Facing these restaurants on the other side of the creek are Water's Edge and Vickery's Bar & Grill. Water's Edge has a great outside bar and fine dining indoors. If you are an oenophile, then this is the place for you. The wine list has over 450 selections of affordably priced wines from around the world. At the end of this street, you will find Vickery's serving up a variety of dishes, some simple and creative- in a friendly, fun and casual atmosphere.
All this talk about seafood is making me hungry. . . maybe I'll see you at the creek!
Kayak photo by Lauren Nelson. Shem Creek shrimp boat photo by c_live_lee (#1) designatednaphour (#2) on Flickr.
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