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Bike or Hike to Enjoy the Trails of Pawleys Island

Family riding bikes at Litchfield

Bike or Hike to Enjoy the Trails of Pawleys Island

Pawleys Island is situated within the lowcountry coastal region of South Carolina and some of the most beautiful landscapes along the east coast. From shady wooded regions featuring canopies of coastal pines and live oaks to tranquil inlets and saltwater marshes, you have to experience all the beautiful nature trails available during your vacation to Pawleys Island.

Whether you travel on foot or by bike, there are numerous scenic trails for your enjoyment around the southern Grand Strand area and here are a few that you won’t want to miss during your next trip to Pawleys Island.

Family riding bikes at Litchfield

The Pawleys Island Loop

Measuring 3.5 miles, the Pawleys Island Loop is one of the most popular trails in the area, particularly for biking. The loop runs along Ocean Highway before circling around to the oceanfront Myrtle Avenue and taking you along the Pawleys Island coastline where travelers have enjoyed tranquil coastal vacations since the 1800s. You will enjoy tremendous views of saltwater inlets as you travel over causeways between Ocean Highway and Myrtle Avenue. Bring along a rod and some bait and feel free to cast a line out off one of the causeways during high tide for some great fishing!

Brookgreen Gardens Loop

Perhaps the most scenic walking trail along the Grand Strand, the 1.4 mile loop at Brookgreen Gardens takes you all around the picturesque grounds of one of the east coast’s premier botanical gardens. Stroll through tranquil landscapes shaded by moss-draped live oaks and peruse their phenomenal collection of garden sculptures as you make your way through the park.

The walking trails at Brookgreen Gardens also wind through their Lowcountry Zoo exhibit, where guests can view local wildlife species like river otters, whitetail deer, red foxes and bald eagles. Paid admission is required for entry to Brookgreen Gardens, but this is truly one of the can’t-miss venues along the Grand Strand.

Huntington Beach State Park

Located just north of Pawleys Island, Huntington Beach State Park features three miles of walking trails situated in coastal forests extending down to the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. Huntington Beach State Park is also home to Atalaya Castle, the former winter home of the founders of Brookgreen Gardens, Archer and Anna Huntington.

On top of the great walking trails and historic landmarks, Huntington Beach State Park is considered the best birdwatching area in the state of South Carolina, so you’re likely to witness a wide variety of avian species including osprey, herons and even bald eagles in select times of year.

In addition to these areas, there are plenty of other great parks and trails to explore around the surrounding Grand Strand like Myrtle Beach State Park and the Hulk bike and fitness trail in Carolina Forest. But to enjoy all that Pawleys Island has to offer you need to book today!

The Litchfield Company has great spring and summer specials available to ensure that your Pawleys Island vacation is a reality at an unbelievably low price! Whether it’s one of our one bedroom suites at Pawleys Plantation, a two bedroom condo at True Blue Resort or an oceanfront Pawleys Island beach house, we have the catalog of lowcountry vacation rentals to make your next trip to Pawleys Island an unforgettable experience!

Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Discover the Bike Trails at Litchfield Beach

Imagine waking up to a bright, sunny morning and walking outside to breathe in the clear, crisp air. Fortunately, on a day that’s too nice to stay indoors, the bike trails in Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet offer up a picturesque excursion for your Hammock Coast vacation. The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is the perfect activity to take advantage of all year long.

Man and woman riding bikes on bridge over marsh

Paralleling the coast and Highway 17, the bikeway is a part of the developing East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile stretch of trails that runs from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. Be on the lookout for this twelve-mile stretch of flat, paved trails, which provide you with a pathway from Litchfield to south of Murrells Inlet. The bikeway takes riders into Huntington Beach State Park, where you’re sure to see the beauty of nature. For the small price of admission, access to the park will give you the chance to view the salt marsh and freshwater lagoon and potentially observe more than 300 species of birds.

There are plenty of places to park, while you venture into the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway. Some of the best public parking spots include the following locations: Morse Park Landing in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park (admission fee to the park is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 15), the north parking lot at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, the Piggly Wiggly and Bi-Lo grocery stores in the Litchfield community, and the Food Lion at the South Causeway.

When you need a break from the complexities that clutter your daily routine, give the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway a chance. Explore these natural scenes and see the wonders that surround us each and every day. Whether you’re walking, jogging, or biking, the bike trails near Litchfield Beach are sure to impress!