Any time you start a new hobby, it’s a good idea to learn about it first. Of course, you have probably been riding bikes for years – that’s nothing new. But when you do it in a different environment than you are used to, it’s even more important to know what’s going on around you. The people of Hilton Head Island want you to be able to stay safe by following a few guidelines so you and your whole family can enjoy biking Hilton Head Island.

Bicyclists Need to Follow the Same Traffic Laws as Drivers

If you find yourself unable to stay on a pre-marked trail, or on a portion of a trail that has sections shared with motorists, the law requires you as a cyclist to obey all the same signage. Ride with traffic, not against it, and be sure to stay in single file with any other riders in your company.

Use All Available Safety Equipment

It might be obvious to make sure kids aged twelve and under should wear helmets, but protective equipment is recommended for all ages. Another helpful piece of protective equipment? Your arm! Be sure to use universal hand signals for turning or stopping. If you happen to be out near dawn or dust, use lights on your bike and consider light or reflective clothing.

Stick to the Trails Whenever Possible

Hilton Head has over forty miles of bike trails through the beautiful scenery of the South Carolina coastline. Whether you prefer to ride on the sand with a beach bike, or on a trail with a road bike, you have plenty of options. Venturing off trail is not advisable for the preservation of the environment.


Biking Hilton Head Island is a great way to see the island and get some exercise at the same time. Knowing the laws and guidelines on the bike trails of Hilton Head will be the easiest thing you can do to keep everyone safe. And don’t worry if you didn’t think to bring your own bikes to the beach with you, we’ve got you covered!