Hilton Head Island was developed with the philosophy of putting in amenities to bring in housing, rather than building all the housing and then squeezing in the amenities wherever they fit. The first major development on the island, Sea Pines Plantation, was built around three major amenities apart from the beaches and the island’s natural beauty: tennis courts, golf courses, and bike paths. Here biking is big, and this is due in large part to the extensive network of bike paths that have been developed throughout the island.

Many Hilton Head Island residents are also biking enthusiasts, taking advantage of the extensive bike paths available to both residents and visitors. There is a total of about 100 miles of bike paths on the island, about half of which can be found within the island’s many private communities. In general, these bike paths can only be used if you are a resident of that community or a guest is staying at a hotel, rental property, or timeshare within that community.

Fortunately, the private bike baths are not the only option available for local biking enthusiasts. The island’s primary biking scene is the other 50 miles of bike paths located on public land, fully available to residents and visitors alike. Many residents and tourists take advantage of these paths to reach public parks, tennis courts, beaches, golf courses, and more. Although the majority of the paths available for Hilton Head biking enthusiasts are shared between bikers and pedestrians, there are also special bike lanes available on certain island roads.

The combination of private and public bike paths make the island a great destination for any biking enthusiast. Those who take advantage of the local’s biking scene can look forward to seeing the island’s natural beauty on the way to the destination of their choice.

Although Hilton Head has more than its share of biking enthusiasts, not everyone owns a bike, and even those that do may not want to transport their own bicycles down the interstate. Fortunately, there are many biking shops which offer bike rentals to those without their own set of wheels, opening up the island biking scene to anyone who wants to explore the area on two wheels.

The island is a great place for both visitors and residents, and taking advantage of the world-class Hilton Head biking scene is a great choice for those who want to experience the island to the fullest. With 100 miles of well-placed bike paths to choose from, all biking enthusiasts can experience the island and never once have to get in a car.

Ken is a Hilton Head Real Estate professional with over 29 years in the business. To see current properties for sale visit Ken-Oliver.com.