Top 10 Places to Visit in South Carolina by Bike
Today we ride in South Carolina, guys!
Get on your bike and let’s explore the most beautiful places by bikes!
We have a clue that we won’t get bored. Sometimes, seeing such many incredible places, you find yourself desiring that life would be a long vacation…
This oldest city in South Carolina, is the home of many historic buildings and some of the top South Carolina attractions.
Charleston’s flat, low landscape and warm weather are great for cycling, allowing you to bike to and from beaches, through the National Forest, over swing and tall bridges, past historic mansions and townhouses, and along old railways.
Here are a few of the best places to take a ride: Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, West Ashley Greenway, Francis Marion National Forest, Sullivan’s Island, Downtown Charleston. We selected the places for all tastes and biking levels: from the beautiful easy beach trips to the historic treasures of the city and continuing with the wildness of nature for mountain biking.
2. The Battery
Charleston is South Carolina’s oldest city and The Battery is one of its oldest landmarks.
We could call The Battery, Charleston’s most beloved spot. Here we are next to a fortified seawall where Cooper River and Ashley River meet.
The heart of The Battery is White Point Garden, a waterfront park, covered in white sand combined with sun-bleached oyster shells. This enchanting nuance of the place gave the name of the spot. Nothing more pleasurable than taking a ride on a Sunday morning! Or a Sunday afternoon. Or a Monday evening. It doesn’t matter.
Anytime you choose, it will be delightful!
This is could be the future a cycling and outdoor Mecca in South Carolina. Why is that? Greenville offers miles of wide open space to explore, with everything from serious mountains to rolling farmland, and even a 21-mile paved bike path starting in the heart of downtown.
There are also thousands of acres of national forest with some incredible mountain biking, hiking or trail running. Take on Swamp Rabbit Trail, a very flat rail-to-trail paved path which provides a casual and scenic cruise to start your long rides. You will meet different bikers on the way, from pros to first timers. In you can find here a major tourist attraction full of art, gorgeous scenery, and an impressive culinary scene.
Columbia welcomes us with wide avenues, historic sites, museums, galleries, music venues, theaters and shops.
For those looking for recreation and relaxation, there are as many outdoor attractions: three rivers, lake, canal, national park and several city parks. Among the kid-pleasing destinations are a zoo and the largest children's museum in the south.
Even you will stay here just for a day or two, take a ride on Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park trail, an easy to ride trail with places to stop and look at the river. You will take beautiful pictures here. Your friend will regret they miss it!
5. South Carolina Plantations
Walking in some of South Carolina's 2,000-plus plantations is like entering a dream.
Make memories for a lifetime within these impeccable landscape and exceptional architecture.
We forget so easy that these beautiful plantations and gardens are just minutes from the hustle and crowds of downtown Charleston. As you lose yourself among the moss-covered oak trees and blooming azaleas, you can't help but find yourself being transported on a journey back in time. Visiting these historic plantations in South Carolina it is an unforgettable experience.
6. Myrtle Beach
Perfect for vacations with the kids, romantic getaways, golfing weekends, and fun trips with friends. If you’re a runner, cycling enthusiast or someone looking to get around town by biking, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of bike paths and trails along the Grand Strand.
With spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as beautiful nature scenery, the Myrtle Beach area is the perfect place to knock out a few miles on a bicycle. If you’d rather go off-road with your bike, the mountain biker’s paradise in the Horry County Bike and Run Park — “The Hulk” — which provides 6+ miles of tough terrain to tackle. You can also find trails at Vereen Gardens in Little River and in various spots in rural western Horry County.
7. Hilton Head Island
Here we are is one of the top family-friendly destinations in the country. Hilton Head Island is also considered a leader in environmental preservation and resource conservation practices, particularly when it comes to biking.
The adventure in Hilton Head Island is one the whole family can enjoy. Here there are plenty of places to ride on the flat landscape and over 108 miles paved bike paths just waits for a ride. 19 miles of densely packed sandy beaches, and continuous bike paths leading you to beautiful landscapes, or hidden historical sights throughout the Island.
Here, you can also bike on dirt trails and along sandy paths. One of the favorite places for bikers to ride is within the Pinckney Island Nature Preserve.
Did you knew that Hilton Head is considered a Gold level as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists?
This place requires elegance and we have the perfect recommendation for you. Our Bikeroo Vintage Brown Cruiser.
Travel in style with the most comfortable saddle for long elegant journeys.
8. Huntington Beach State Park
With over 300 bird species, Huntington Beach is considered by many to be the best birding location in South Carolina. Take a stroll on Huntington Beach State Park Trail, a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. You will admire some of the most beautiful wild flowers you ever seen. Don’t worry about the ride’s level, the trail is good for all skill levels and accessible year-round.
9. Caesars Head State Park
The name of this beautiful place comes from a granites gneiss outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment.
You will enjoy here a spectacular view that extends into North Carolina and Georgia. This is not an easy ride to get to the top, if you didn’t ride for some time. Starting from Brevard and pedal for another 15 miles will get you to straight to the Head. If you are not ready for such a demanding ride, you can choose from other bike treats from South Carolina’s outdoor adventurous offers.
For example, you can take on Lowcountry that pass through swampy regions surrounded by cypress trees and hanging Spanish moss, which will focus your attention more than the technical aspects of the trail.
Or choose Midland’s parks yield lengthy, moderately difficult rides with forested surroundings. Follow Hamilton Branch’s connector trail to Sumter National Forest’s popular Steven’s Creek trail or take the sandy, six-mile loop at Sesquicentennial for a quick workout.
Other popular biking trails can be found at Poinsett, Santee, Baker Creek and Hickory Knob state parks.
The experienced mountain bikers will definitely go to Upstate, a mountainous region densely populated with state park biking trails, with difficulty ranging from short and sweet to long and laborious. Which will be for you?
10. Congaree National Park
One of South Carolina’s most unspoiled and natural sights.
Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.
Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers carries nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and grow of national and state champion trees. The average height is over 100ft tall. Congaree has one of the tallest temperate deciduous forests in the world, and is taller than the old-growth forests found in Japan, the Himalayas, Southern South America and all of Eastern Europe. Bikes are not permitted on any trails at Congaree National Park, are only permitted on the paved entrance road leading to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center from Old Bluff Road. You can leave your bike there and hike to admire this wonder of nature.
Have no time to get bored in South Carolina! Beach, parks, forests and bike paths for all levels and experience. This was out journey for today. But, now it’s your turn. Share with us your tips for greater bike trips!