Biking on Hilton Head Island

Whether you’re a cyclist enthusiast or just a novice, biking on Hilton Head Island is one of the island’s most popular activities….and it’s easy to see why. 

With tropical sunny weather, large canopy oak trees, lush foliage, ocean views and a lay-back lifestyle, Hilton Head has all the features that other family vacation resorts envy....the backdrop that brings your biking experience to a new level.  

Its no wonder why the Town of Hilton Head has gone to great lengths in developing its extensive system of paved pathways and nature trails, transforming the island into a bicycle friendly community that can be shared and enjoyed year round. 

Boasting more than 100 miles of bike trails on an island of only 42 square miles, biking on Hilton Head Island allows vacationers and residents easy travel to beaches, recreational areas, shopping, restaurants and private developments….a great alternative to the car in experiencing Hilton Head’s natural beauty, rich culture and popular attractions.

Additionally, Hilton Head is one of the few ideal places to ride a bike on the beach.

With 12 miles of beautiful beaches, the island’s low tide provides the perfect surface of hard-packed sand suitable for bike riding, making exploring the island’s coastline both fun and inviting.

With such a bicycle community presence, it’s no wonder why there are so many bike rental companies throughout the island to accommodate vacationers’ rental needs.

There are more than 30 outlets to rent bikes and accessories, such as helmets and baby seats……although, quite a few of the popular outlets do sell out quickly.  So, it’s advisable to reserve your bikes early or bring your own.

Well just about everywhere.

It’s important to note that about half of the bike trails are available to the public while the other half are in the private gated plantations.  

The longest stretch of the public bike trails is in the heart of Hilton Head Island. It circles the private communities of Wexford, Indigo Run and Long Cove.

Connections off this main artery reach the plantations of Sea Pines, Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head, Palmetto Hall, Shipyard, Port Royal and Spanish Wells.

Along the pathways, the Town of Hilton Head has provided kiosks with maps to help identify where you are on the bike trail and where you want to go with point of interests.

To bike ride in the private resorts, bikers are required to be a resident or a guest, with the exception of Sea Pines Resort where you can buy a pass.

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