Biking on Hilton Head Island is one of the best things to do if you are planning for a day outside. From coasting along the beaches to leisurely trail rides or fast paced races, enjoying our beautiful surroundings by bike is a must-do activity.
Hilton Head Island is undeniably one of the best places to have a bike. Did you know that the community is so bike friendly, it was actually rated as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists?
The miles of trails, nature and wildlife preserve makes the island a peaceful and enjoyable place to relax and exercise. And a great way to get around for quick errands and even traveling to your favorite dinner spot. Plus, the island has a number of communities with serious cycling clubs for those with a passion for speed!
Many of us have lived here a long time, if not our whole lives, and still have yet to discover every bike friendly area. There really are THAT many! So whether you are a local, or a visitor getting ready for your vacation, we think you’ll find this list of the very best places to go biking on Hilton Head Island useful.
Peaceful Biking in Hilton Head: The Sea Pines Forest Preserve
Sea Pines is a private, resort style community and one of the more popular places to bike on Hilton Head Island. It’s almost a guarantee you will see wildlife and experience beautiful shaded paths along your cruise. Bikers are welcomed here, and you can enjoy the residential areas and the public areas for a diverse ride. If you have the stamina, ride out to the marina and climb the lighthouse before biking back to your starting point! The views are surely worth it.
Touring Shelter Cove: Biking on Hilton Head Island
Shelter Cove Town Centre offers plenty of room to bike, shop and eat. The park accompanies shopping and dining and has designated bike paths, completely embracing the breezy lifestyle of the island. There is something for everyone on a bike trip around Shelter Cove: nature, picnic spots and the glorious marina tucked in the back. Make a day of it by parking and launching your bike tour near Hilton Head Social Bakery. Enjoy a coffee and a pastry, then ride across the main road into Palmetto Dunes. You can take a path right onto the beach if you like!
Once you’re done exploring, head back into Shelter Cove and have lunch at Ela’s out Marina. If you really want to make it special, book a cruise with Salt Marsh Sailing and cap your relaxing day in the best way possible: enjoying a Hilton Head sunset by water.
Biking on Hilton Head: Nature Enthusiasts
If you want to enjoy the natural beauty of Hilton Head, including our seemingly endless wildlife, be sure to make a trip to Pinckney Island Nature Preserve. With three trails, bikers are most definitely going to catch spectacular wildlife sightings!
Water seekers will love riding along the coast at Coligny Beach Park at Forest Beach. It’s a main beach access park, which offers public restrooms, a splash park and a great meeting place for a break from the heat. A favorite for tourists thanks to its many amenities and close proximity to shops, restaurants and most resorts, Coligny Beach Park is truly a one-stop location for a perfect day on Hilton Head Island.
Bonus: Renting a Bike on Hilton Head
Need to rent a bike? Just click this link to check out a number of companies with bike rentals! Here’s a pro tip: If you’re a local in the market for a new bike, consider renting a few models over the course of a few weeks. You’ll certainly find something you love and you can be confident in your next big bike purchase. Plus. while you’re chatting with the rental associate, you can ask for even more insight on biking in Hilton Head Island for some great insider’s tips.
Looking for even more Hilton Head bike trails? Stop by any resort and ask for a trail map. Most resorts and shops have a mounted map to check out!
A popular place to bike doesn’t mean it’s overrated! Give the miles of bike paths in Sea Pines a try for a peaceful ride.
Take advantage of the scenery in Hilton Head and cruise by the coast.
Need a bike? Test new or different bike models with rentals before buying your own bike.
Where do you like to go biking on Hilton Head Island? What places and trails do you like to ride?
Share with us in the comments below!