Story by Chamber Staff…
One of the favorite activities for families visiting our area is riding bicycles on Hilton Head Island’s extensive network of paved pathways. You’ll find more than 80 miles of pathways on Hilton Head Island, about 50 miles of which parallel the major thoroughfares on the island and are open to the public. Many visitors tour significant portions of the island on their bicycles. The pathways are also great for walking, jogging and inline skating.
Here’s a tip: You don’t have to load your bikes onto your vehicle to enjoy biking on our island. We have several members who will be happy to rent bikes for you to use during your visit. The local bicycle rental companies can provide bicycles that are well suited to the beach environment. Most rental company charges include delivery and retrieval at the end of the rental period. For more information about renting a bike, contact one of our members among our listings for Bicycle Sales, Rental & Repair.
Visitors can access beach parks, points of interest and historic sites via the pathways. Coligny Plaza is just off the pathway that parallels Pope Avenue and the whole Shelter Cove area is accessible via a bridge under William Hilton Parkway near the entrance to the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Bicyclists can reach other shopping areas along William Hilton Parkway as well. pathways
The specific beach parks accessible via the pathways include: Alder Lane, Coligny Circle, Burkes Beach Road and Folly Field Road. The pathway also passes by the Audubon-Newhall Preserve on Palmetto Bay Road.
Adventurous bicyclists can make a great loop of the island, beginning at Sea Pines Circle following William Hilton Parkway, Spanish Wells Road, Marshland Road, the Cross Island Expressway and Palmetto Bay Road back to Sea Pines Circle. There is a special pathway to take bicycle and pedestrian traffic around the toll plaza.
Have fun riding around the island on our pathways from dawn to dusk. During the summer the sun usually sets around 7:30 or 8:00 pm. The street lighting on Hilton Head Island doesn’t usually illuminate the pathways, so be careful if your ride keeps you on the pathway after sunset.
Here’s a link to a map of Hilton Head Island’s paved pathways. Or you can stop by our Welcome Center and pick up a printed pathway map. Open seven days a week from 9:00am to 5:30pm, our Welcome Center is located on the right side of US Hwy 278, just past Mile Marker 1. We share the building with the Coastal Discovery Museum, so when you see their sign, you have found us, too. The staff at our Welcome Center will be happy to answer any questions and can offer other suggestions for your visit.