Biking the beach is a great way to slow down and soak in the ocean views and salt air. Kiawah Island is most certainly a beach town made for biking.
The island has 30 miles of paved trails and 10 miles of hard-packed trails for biking. The island is also teeming with wildlife from bobcats and bald eagles to alligators and osprey. Thanks to the Kiawah Conservancy, many of the island’s natural habitats are well preserved. And the Conservancy works with property owners to help protect Kiawah Island’s special environment.
A great way to experience the island’s natural wonders is with a series of audio tours called Naturally Kiawah Pathways: Central Island. Developed by the Kiawah Conservancy, the tour uses the bicycle pathways as a guide through the island’s natural areas while showcasing its history. Download the free Travel Storys GPS app to access the audio tours.
If you don’t have a bike of your own but want to try out the trails on Kiawah Island, there are a number of area businesses that rent bikes for adults and children as well as bike trailers for pulling the tiny tots.
Rent bikes through Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the only on-island bike rental company. Half-day and full-day rentals are available at two locations: Night Heron Park and The Sanctuary. And those renting from Kiawah Island Golf Resort can bike the 10 miles of sandy beach.
Other nearby bike rentals companies include:
- SeaSide Cycles rents adult and child bikes as well bike trailers.
- SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters is located within Freshfields Village and has adult and child bikes available for rent as well as bicycle trailers.
- Surfscooter is a family business serving customers on Kiawah Island.
- Island Bike & Surf Shop, located on nearly Johns Island, offers both bike rentals and new bike sales, specializing in beach cruisers.
There’s no better way to experience Kiawah Island from the beach to the nature trails than on a bicycle.