Did you know that Hilton Head Island offers more than 50 miles of paved biking trails? This Low-country island filled with live oak trees draped with hanging moss and plenty of palm trees as well makes a wonderful spot to wile away an afternoon by bike — and burn a few calories to boot.
Hilton Head Bike Rentals
Bon Bicycles – The most highly ranked bike rental on the island, specifically for their customer service and bike maintenance. Great prices, but get a further discount by booking on line. Pick up and delivery.
LowSea Bike, Beach & Baby Rentals – Free delivery to select resorts. Includes high chairs, cribs, and much more than bikes.
Pedals Bicycles – Includes unique bikes like sand cruisers and adult trikes. Family bikes too.
Vacation Comfort Bike Rentals – Great rentals for families, plus baby necessities too like beds and beach equipment.
Bicycle Billy’s Bike Rentals Hilton Head – Free pick up and delivery. Get 50% off second bike by booking online.
Island Cruisers Bike Rental – These guys tout low prices. Beach cruisers and mountain bikes available.
Hilton Head Bikes To Go – Bikes and baby gear, with delivery and pick up.
Yankee Pedaler Bike Rental – Great prices on beach peddlers and mountain bikes.
Hilton Head Outfitters & Bike Rentals in Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort – Award winning bike shop. Also get gear for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and surf lessons. Located inside Palmetto Dunes Resort. Free pick up and delivery.
Fat Tire Xtreme Bikes – How cool! Rent a Fat Tire Electric Bike for the day for an easy way to see the town. The electric bike cycles at 20 mph and can travel up to 25 plus miles on a single battery charge. Ask about tours and excursions too.
Patriot Bike Rentals – Great prices. Name-brand bikes good for trails or sand.
The Bike Doctor – Cruisers for adults or kids, with trailers and toddler seats.
Hilton Head Bicycle Company – Free delivery and pick up, locks and baskets.
All American Bike Rentals – Free delivery and pick up, locks and baskets.
Hilton Head Bike Trails & Paths
Here are 4 fun ways to pedal on Hilton Head Island, which has been designated a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the American League of Bicyclists.
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Located in the middle of the island, Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina offers plentiful opportunities for bikers. Cruise along the waterfront past boutiques and restaurants, as well as fishing charters bringing in their latest haul. Head down to the white granite Veterans Memorial at Shelter Cove Community Park on the east bank of Broad Creek. If you need a break, enjoy the view from one from one of the benches under the arbors or go for a catamaran ride through the Creek.
At Shelter Cove, look for a pathway kiosk that has maps, displaying trails throughout the island and your current location to choose your next detour. From Shelter Cove, you can head north on William Hilton Parkway to Marshlands Drive and then right on Leg O Mutton Road for a bike ride through woods and a good sampling of the island’s natural beauty.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is one of the largest resorts on Hilton Head and is centrally located on the island. Rent bikes from Hilton Head Outfitters inside the resort gates, and if you’re staying within the resort, they will even deliver them directly to your vacation rental.
For younger kids, rent a tag-along to attach to the back of your bike, a kiddie cart or bike seat and pedal through 5 miles of paved bike paths that lead along the resort’s 11-mile inland lagoon system, through its three golf courses and down to its 3 miles of beachfront. You can also choose to rent beach cruisers, which are ideal for pedaling on the sand.
Fish Haul Creek Park
On the site of Mitchelville, the first community built by freed slaves in North America, as well as the area where Native Americans lived 3000 years ago, Fish Haul Creek Park is today a 16-acre featuring wetlands, marsh, beach and a maritime forest. A somewhat hidden bike path, Fish Haul Creek Park is also great for shelling and fishing, especially at low tide. Be sure to enjoy a walk out on the boardwalk for more lovely Low-country views.
History by Bike
You can even explore the island’s history on two wheels with a historic bike tour from the Heritage Library Foundation. You’ll pedal along Squire Pope Road, which sits along the water, discovering the island’s past from Native Americans and the Gullah community to the Civil War and Reconstruction. The 1 ½-hour tours are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 10 and older and run Wednesdays at 10 a.m., leaving from the Sailing and Rowing Center at Squire Pope Community Park.
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