The transition from summer to late fall in the low country is subtle except for a drop in temperature and humidity. The leaves don’t change to the standard golden brown found in the south, but rather, the maritime forest has an influx of evergreen flora. It’s a beautiful backdrop for a fall bike ride in Hilton Head.
Cycling this time of year on the island is refreshing with the temperature change. Bike rentals and bike paths are readily available on Hilton Head Island. It will allow you to view many scenic routes while enjoying the 50 miles of beautiful beaches and paved public pathways.
What to Know About Biking in Hilton Head
The safest route for cyclists to take is to follow the main roads. It is also the swiftest way to commute around the island.
You can rent a bike from us or B.Y.O.B.- bring your bike! You can call or order your bikes from us online and have them delivered right to your door or vacation location!
Children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet.
It is advisable to bring your chain and lock. If you’re on the beach, it is safer to lock several bikes together. As the famous phrase says: “Safety in numbers!”
For those who prefer e-bikes, the following rules must be complied with by South Carolina law: the e-bike must not exceed 20mph, have less than 750W power, and the “assist” must stop when either the brakes are pressed or pedaling halts.
There are more than 10,000 bike rack slats throughout the island, and you can find usage rules and multi-use pathway maps in retail shops, public buildings, parks, hotels, and restaurants.
Best Hilton Head Bike Trails
- Sea Pine Bike Trails
- Fish Haul Creek Park
- Jarvis Creek Park
- Coligny Beach Park
- Green Shells Community Park
- Barker Field Observation Deck
- Old House Creek Pier
- Shelter Cove Community Park
- Palmetto Dunes
These bike trails are captivating and will lead through spotless beaches, wooded forest areas, and historic places of interest. Cycling is the best way to enjoy Hilton Head Island.
Biking on the Beach
Hilton Head is composed of a hard-packed Beach that runs for 12 miles and is accessible from several different locations. It is exceptionally bike-friendly, especially at low tide, so be sure to check the tide charts before heading out.
There is less damage on bicycles if you don’t ride in the water as the saltwater can be caustic. The salty sand can also affect the bicycles, so we advise washing the bikes after you use them.
Hilton Head Island is a cycler’s heaven, as biking is one of the island’s favorite hobbies. The trails are scenic and varied, so rent a bike for the whole family and head out on a fun fall bike ride. And we hope to see you soon on the trails here in blissful Hilton Head.