We're Bike Friendly on Hilton Head Island!
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program sets the standard for how how communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability, and accessibility, while allowing them to benchmark progress toward making biking better. With this latest round of new and renewing awardees, there are currently 476 Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to enjoy cycling in a remarkable natural setting. With more than 60 miles of multi-use trails connecting you to everywhere you want to go, including our beautiful beaches, it’s the ideal place to spin your wheels and explore the island. And if you’re looking to ride with a group, we have local biking clubs that coordinate weekly rides for bikers of all levels. With nearly 30 bicycle rental shops offering approximately 15,000 bicycles for rent—in addition to visitors who bring personal bicycles with them on vacation—the wheels are always in motion on Hilton Head Island!
Pathways for Days
Renowned as one of the top family-friendly destinations in the country, Hilton Head Island is also considered a leader in environmental preservation and resource conservation practices, particularly when it comes to biking. Our outstanding pathway network provides a safe transportation alternative by connecting residential, commercial and recreation areas of the town—while allowing residents and visitors alike the opportunity to experience the beauty, relaxed atmosphere and healthy lifestyle of the Island with the wind in your hair, and pedals at your feet!
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions, with some specific to biking on Hilton Head Island and some a bit more general.
Hilton Head's Hidden Bike Routes:
Discover destinations on Hilton Head Island that incorporate our rich history and natural beauty, yet receive few visitors. They are peaceful parks accessible by bicycle along the Island’s 50-plus miles of public multi-use pathways.
Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, Beach City Road
Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park is a remote 16-acre park featuring a maritime forest, wetlands, a salt marsh and a beach, complete with an observation boardwalk out to the salt marsh and a shaded trail that winds through the live oaks to the sandy shore of Port Royal Sound. The sand and mud of the tidal flats provide a feeding playground for shore birds and marine creatures, while the ebb and flow of the tide alters the beach constantly. At low tide, you’ll see local explorers focused on clams, fish, shells or a quiet walk. As you admire the grand view and varied habitats, consider the park’s history: You’re standing on ground that Native Americans called home over 3,000 years ago; and in 1862, Mitchelville was founded here, built and self-governed by freed slaves—the first such community in America
Barker Field Observation Deck, Mitchelville Road
Tucked back behind the baseball and soccer fields of Barker Field hides a long boardwalk that carries you toward Port Royal Sound. An observation deck awaits you at the end of the boardwalk, delivering an expansive view across the Sound. To the east is the Atlantic, and to the west is the Broad River. In the early morning, the magnificent sunrise draws your attention out to the ocean and sights of St. Helena and Parris Islands, while a sky filled with pinks, purples, yellows and blues greets your day.
Greens Shell Community Park, Squire Pope Road
Take a stroll back in time to the Greens Shell Community Park, a site listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Go through the small gate into Amalie Cemetery and turn down the wood-chip path to the right. You will be lead to an elevated boardwalk and platform that protects an archaeological gem. As you stand on the platform, peer down on the earthen and oyster shell ring that is four feet high and 30 feet wide at the base. The large shell ring encloses about two acres of land and defines the outside of a Native American farming village dating back to 1335 AD. Stroll over the enclosed area to the platform across the way: You’re now above the other side of the ring and looking out over Skull Creek and the inter-coastal waterway toward Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The Veterans Memorial at Shelter Cove Community Park, Shelter Cove Lane
The American and POW/MIA flags fly vigil day and night over a white granite memorial honoring veterans of American military service. The memorial sits in a quiet park on the east bank of Broad Creek. Go along the pathway through the park and take in the view at the observation deck, then sit a spell on one of the benches under the arbors, where peace and patriotism rest in harmony. Twice each year, on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, the community fills the memorial lawn to honor members of our armed forces past and present.
Old House Creek Pier, Sterling Pointe Drive
Old House Creek features a secluded fishing and crabbing pier with a vista across Calibogue Sound. At the end of the 225-foot pier there’s a wildlife viewing area where you’re like to see shrimp and fiddler crabs. Many locals come by bike to fish and crab the slow-moving creek, and generally a small neighborhood gathers at sunset to close the day, a nightly ritual for some families.
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