Hilton Head Island is the perfect place to enjoy cycling in a remarkable natural setting. Rated as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists, it’s the ideal place to spin your wheels, with more than 60 miles of multi-use trails connecting you to everywhere you want to go, including our beautiful beaches. 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!
Click here to watch a quick view at how you can make your biking adventures safer, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Quick Bike Lane and Pathway Facts
On our 12-mile long and five-mile wide Island, we have:
- 6 miles of bike lanes
- 117 miles of shared-use pathways
- 108 miles of paved shared-use paths
- 14 miles of planned pathways
- 1 mile of single track
- 24% of arterial streets have bike lanes or paved shoulders
History Of Biking Is A Piece Of The Island’s Commitment To Eco-tourism
The Hilton Head Island community has a history of environmental leadership and remains a pioneer in the green movement. Multi-use pathways were constructed on the island when development first began in the early 1970’s and has not stopped. There are over 100 miles of pathways and this number is growing yearly, including 12 miles of hard packed beach accessible to bicycles from several access points along the pathway network. Over 2,000,000 visitors make Hilton Head their vacation destination annually. These visitors are attracted to this community because of the beaches, natural beauty, shopping, recreation, and dining offerings. Bicycling is becoming an important part of this mix because it’s an attractive and convenient way to explore the Island.
Education & Encouraged use of the Pathway System
While pathways have been in place in parts of Hilton Head Island for nearly 40 years and growth of the system has continued without interruption since the late 1960s, the eco-friendly aspects of the island—including a dense canopy of pines and live oaks—sometimes keep these pathways a bit of a secret. Lately, with the emergence of recreational biking as a much more popular pursuit, especially among families, the secret is out. Now part of the challenge is to encourage safe cycling in general, and sharing the road.
Sharing the road safely is in most instances for active “A” cyclists, especially where pathways become shared roadway trails at intersections and when pathways cross roads. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s office sends public service announcements to local media when running and cycling events are taking place, urging motorists to be cautious of event participants.
Take a Historic Bike Tour!
Learn about Hilton Head Island’s history of Native Americans, The Civil War, Reconstruction, fishing, farming, and the Gullah Community during a 1 1/2 hour bike tour. Offered by the Heritage Library Foundation, this tour highlights the rich, unique history of Squire Pope Road’s waterfront corridor. Safe, casual, and fun, this tour does require helmets. Either bring your own bike, or rent a bike and bring it with you.
For more information, visit heritagelib.org for schedule and details.$12/adult, $7 children (Ages 10+ only)