By Frances Sampson, Agent
Charter One Realty
For many years, Hilton Head Island has been known for its great golf and fantastic beaches. Today many people are enjoying Hilton Head as one of the top biking communities in the Southeast. Recently the Town of Hilton Head Island was awarded the Gold Level Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Hilton Head Island is the only Gold Level Community in South Carolina as well as all of the Southeast. Within the Town of Hilton Head Island, there are more than 60 miles of public pathways and nature trails that cyclists can enjoy. In addition, there are more than 50 miles of pathways in the Island’s gated communities.
The 12 miles of sandy beach is a great place to ride at low tide. The Town of Hilton Head Island has built kiosks along the pathways that display the Island-wide and local route bike maps. These are a great help to visitors. At last count, there were over 30 bike rental companies and between 20,000 and 25,000 rental bikes. Visitors to Hilton Head Island are getting on bicycles and peddling around the Island.
Bike Experts Identified Top Hilton Head Island Bike Paths
One of these paths includes the north end of the Island’s pathway that goes by Barker Field and over a boardwalk looking over the marsh out to the Port Royal Sound as one of the most scenic.
For a romantic ride, try the beach at sunrise or sunset. Bike riding on Hilton Head Island is easy due to the flat terrain and the Town of Hilton Head Island’s bike pathway system. Getting out on a bike on Hilton Head can be a great family activity or very competitive depending on what a rider is looking for. It is a great way to see the Island.
Being a REALTOR and involved with the Hilton Head Island biking since the 1970’s, I would love to come up with a way I could show property biking. There is no better way to get the feel of a community and see all Hilton Head Island has to offer than by bicycle. I must say it has been a long time since I had someone ride on the handle bars of my bicycle.
Get out and ride the Hilton Head Island pathways, you will enjoy it and it will be good for your health. Ride safely and have fun!