The Best Way to See Hilton Head Island: By Bike


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Hilton Head Island’s lush natural beauty and blissfully temperate sub-tropical climate demand a slower pace. And its hidden wonders, tucked away among tranquil maritime forests and along the banks of peaceful lagoons, demand exploration. 

Combine these demands and you have an island seemingly tailor-made for exploring by bicycle. And when you add in miles of pathways and a community devoted to cycling, you have one of the region’s best place to saddle up and ride.

Even setting aside the countless miles of pathways that run through private neighborhoods, Hilton Head Island enjoys 6 miles of bike lanes, 117 miles of shared-use pathways, 108 miles of paved shared-use paths. 14 miles of planned pathways and one mile of single track. 

That’s plenty of pathways, and there are a treasure trove of sights to see along the way. From historic sites like Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery and the mysterious ancient shell rings at Greens Shell Community Park to the wonderful scenery, shopping and entertainment of Shelter Cove, there’s no end to the places you can reach by bike.

It’s small wonder that the Town of Hilton Head Island was certified as a Gold Level Bike Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Along with dedication to creating pathways, the island has been recognized for setting up the Hilton Head Island Bicycle Ambassadors Program, which saw volunteers patrolling the pathways to promote safety and help newcomers learn about the island. The Hilton Head Island Rotary Club has joined in the cause, setting up signs along pathways to point out local points of interest.

The island has become so renowned for its dedication to cycling, it has gained regional attention as a hotspot for bike-friendly development. This month will see the second annual Southeast Biking Symposium, March 22-24. Bringing together community developers and cycling enthusiasts alike, this event is helping transform the Southeast using Hilton Head’s award-winning pathways as a model.

And when you get here, Vacation Company has a slew of great properties right on the pathways that will let you stay in the lap of luxury after doing a few laps around the island. While they have properties in every size from oceanfront to golf course views and at points all across the island, those on Hilton Head for a cycling tour would do well to stay within Palmetto Dunes. 

Situated right by Shelter Cove, where the bike paths cross beneath U.S 278, its prime location makes it the perfect jumping off point for your cycling adventures. 

(162 Mooring Buoy)

Just to name a few, let’s start with 162 Mooring Buoy, a second-row five-bedroom stunner resplendent with architectural intrigue and stunning amenities. Need to soothe your aching muscles after a long ride? This property offers complimentary pool heating. 

(3 Galleon)

Or check into 3 Galleon, located just a short pedal away from the pathways and with easy access to the beach. Astounding amenities inside and out, from the spacious master suite to the chef’s kitchen and wide pool deck, make this vacation getaway a five-star resort you can have all to yourself.

(8 Night Harbour)

Enjoy riding on the beach? Then you won’t want to miss 8 Night Harbour. Located right on the beach, you’ll enjoy private access to a wide strip of private hard-packed sand you can ride to your heart’s content. Couple that with sophisticated styling and elegant spaciousness and you have a vacation experience that’s pure Hilton Head.

No matter which one you choose, you’re making the right choice for your cycling vacation in Vacation Company. Every home rental enjoys four rental bikes included in the amenity fee. So there’s no reason not to check in, unpack, then saddle up and explore an island built for biking.