10 Of The Best Bike Trails in South Carolina
The Palmetto State just may be a mountain biker’s dream come true! Ripe with mountains, forests, swamps, and pristine beaches, South Carolina offers up some of the best scenery and bike trails in the country. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, we’ve compiled 10 of the best bike rides in South Carolina. So grab your cruiser and check out these South Carolina bike tours!
- Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail
Located in Greenville and running along the scenic Reedy River upon a historic rail bed, this almost 20-mile trail opened in 2009 and offers cyclists an experience to coast through the lush greenery the state’s swamps have to offer.
- Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail
Situated in Spartanburg, this almost two-mile trail was once a part of the old Norfolk Southern railroad. This mostly flat trail takes you through a variety of shops, restaurants, and recreational facilities as you coast through the city’s historic downtown area.
- Doodle Rail Trail
Located in Pickens, SC, this 7.3-mile trail connects the towns of Pickens and Easley in the northwestern corner of the state. The railroad started in 1898 and was nicknamed “Doodle” because it ran backwards like a doodle bug between the two towns due to its inability to turn around. Now an asphalt biking and running trail, this trail offers great places to stop and enjoy a picnic.
- Forks Area Trail System
Located in Clarks Hill, this trail has been ranked best in the state for mountain bikers. An epic addition to the Sumter National Forest area trails, the Forks Area Trail System boasts tons of jumps, and fast downhill terrain.
- Duncan Park Trail
This trail may only be one mile long, but it’s well worth the trip! Located in Spartanburg, this leisurely trail hugs a small creek and is mostly flat.
- Riverwalk Trail
Located in Rock Hill, this 2.25-mile trail meanders through wooded areas and offers a gorgeous view of the Catawba River. Most of the asphalt trail is flat, making for an easy-breezy cruise.
- Grissom Parkway Trail
This Myrtle Beach asphalt trail runs for about 5.2 miles along the beach. It’s the perfect biking trail in the summer as it allows you to feel the cool, offshore wind in your hair as you glide along.
- Bike the Neck
This trail, located in Murrells Inlet, runs along U.S. 17 on the historic Waccamaw Neck, a narrow, long peninsula tucked between the Waccamaw River and Atlantic Ocean.
- Island Pathways
You can go virtually anywhere on your bike on the 12-mile long Hilton Head Island as most of it is made up of biking trails and paths. It even won silver status as a Biking Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
- Ravenel Bridge
Located in the historic town of Charleston, you’re bound to burn some calories on this 2.7-mile bridge path. But, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the Charleston Harbor along the way on one of the bike tours Charleston, SC has to offer.
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