Hilton Head Island is perfect for bike riding. Not only is it beautiful, it’s flat. When you first arrive here, you can’t help but notice all the bike riders. They are all over the place, meandering the miles and miles of designated bike trails, riding on the beach, exploring the Island’s beautiful treasures.
In fact, it’s so perfect that the League of American Bicyclists has given the Island its ‘Gold Award,’ placing it on their top 25 list of bike-friendly communities.
The Island is linked through a system of trails, allowing you to cycle from one end to the other. With more than 13 miles of hard-packed sandy beaches and more than 100 miles of paved public bike and leisure paths, biking is a popular activity for visitors and residents alike. It’s fun, it’s affordable, and it’s a great way to take the family on a scenic tour while avoiding traffic.
The town’s public bike trails follow alongside several main roads and shopping centers, starting at the south end of the Island at the back gate of Sea Pines and ending at the north end of the Island at Hilton Head Plantation. In addition to the public paths, there are nature and bike trails within the private plantations accessible to residents and guests. Many kiosks are located along the pathways with an island-wide map on one side, and a localized map of the area on the other. Guidelines and markings exist to ensure safety for cyclists. Where there are bike trails, cyclists should stay on the trails, not on the road.
For more information about our public bike trails, please contact the Town Hall at (843) 341-4600.
For a unique adventure, ride the trails of the Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Better yet, take your bike over to Daufuskie Island and ride around its dirt roads where the timeless mystique of this Sea Island has been captured and preserved. Vagabond Cruises allows bicycles on their cruise to Daufuskie at no extra charge.
If you didn’t bring your own bicycle, there are many conveniently located bike rental and sales companies that offer a wide variety of two- and three-wheeled bicycles, including beach cruisers, tandems, kiddie carts, and mountain bikes.
Most companies have a free delivery and pick-up service and a full line of accessories such as helmets, child carriers, baskets, locks, and even covered kiddie carts. Rentals are available by the hour, day or week.
For more information, contact:
Coconut Bike Rentals (843-686-5055)
Bicycle Billy’s (843-785-7851)
Mike’s Bikes (843-671-6453)
Outside Hilton Head (800-686-6996)
Pedals Bicycles (843-842-5522)
Vagabond Cruises (843) 363-9026