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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!

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

Family kayaking on the marsh

Outdoor Excursions in Pawleys Island

If you’re tired of shopping and spending time indoors, don’t worry! When you vacation in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach areas, you’re sure to be within reach of a phenomenal outdoor excursion. With a variety of inlets, rivers, lakes, and of course the Atlantic Ocean nearby, the outdoor adventurer will love all of the options available during your next beach escape!

Visit Surf the Earth in Pawleys Island, South Carolina for all of your Lowcountry outdoor needs! Not only does this local shop offer up retail items like t-shirts and hats, but Surf the Earth also features a variety of equipment rentals, as well as thrilling tours of the area. Take your pick from paddle boards, kayaks, surfboards, bodyboards, and skimboards if you’re looking to rent by the day.

Family kayaking on the marsh

If you’re not quite ready to tame the waves on your own, check out Surf the Earth’s various surf education opportunities. The shop offers 2-hour surf lessons on mornings from 9am to 11am. Lessons take place near 2nd Street in Pawleys Island, but special locations can be arranged in advance. The shop also offers 3-day and 5-day kids’ surf camps, where kids of all ages can learn about water safety, rip currents, wind strength and direction, surfing fundamentals, surf conditions, and much more.

Beyond board rentals and surf lessons, Surf the Earth also offers guests the chance to explore the area through their exciting eco-tours. Current offerings include Sunset/Moon Rise Tours through the Pawleys Island inlets and salt marsh, Early morning kayak and paddle board tours of the salt marsh, and afternoon paddle board tours of the area. See a new side of Pawleys Island whenever you reserve a splendid eco-tour with Surf the Earth Surf Shop.

If biking is more your speed, take advantage of the bike rentals offered by Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, and then head over to Bike the Neck! The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a 12-mile paved stretch that parallels U.S. Highway 17 from Murrells Inlet to Huntington Beach State Park. Rated as being an “Easy” trail by SCtrails.com, this bikeway is the perfect way to have a great time exercising while seeing the beautiful natural landscape of the region. Finish off your trek by stopping by Huntington Beach State Park, where you can visit its timeless castle, Atalaya, stroll on the pristine beaches of the park, explore the nature trails in the park, or even get in some birding!

Family riding bikes at Litchfield
From walking the trails at Huntington Beach State Park to learning how to Surf, you’ll never run out of outdoor adventures when you bring your next beach vacation to Litchfield Beach. Plan ahead and make the most of your exciting getaway!
 

Stay Active During Your Beach Vacation

Woman getting ready for a run

Stay Active During Your Beach Vacation

Sure, vacation usually means relaxing by the pool, indulging in delicious dinners, and enjoying escaping from the everyday stresses of life, but when you stay in the Pawleys Island area near Myrtle Beach, there are plenty of experiences that will keep you active while enjoying your much-needed vacation. If you’re looking to burn some calories while having fun in Myrtle Beach, check out our Top Ways to Stay Active during your Grand Strand condo rental vacation.

Woman getting ready for a run

Walking / Running / Beachcombing

When you take a vacation to the beach, one of the most alluring parts of the trip is being near the ocean. Take advantage of lovely coastal views, sunny skies, and the beauty of nature while staying active when you spend some time walking or running along the coast. Start off on the beach at 2nd Avenue Pier, and make your way north to Pier 14. This one-mile jaunt allows you to experience the excitement of the ocean, while getting in some quality exercise! Keep an eye out for seashells and other marine treasures as you walk, jog, or run parallel with the coast.

Sticking closer to Litchfield? Try out the trails at Huntington Beach State Park or bike along the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway for a day of fitness and activity.

Golf / Mini Golf

Arguably one of the most sought-after sporting experiences in Myrtle Beach is golf, and the courses here draw in thousands of visitors every single year. Enjoy a casually-paced excursion to one of the many premier golf courses along the Grand Strand, where you can keep active while challenging yourself and having a great time. If you’re not confident in your golfing abilities or are travelling with a family group, take advantage of the mini-golfing opportunities that are scattered all along the coast. Try out Hawaiian Rumble Mini-Golf, which hosts the Mini-Golf Masters Championship each year. Show off your putting skills, while staying active with golf during your Myrtle Beach vacation!

Outdoor Ropes Courses

If you’re looking for a real challenge that burns calories like crazy, try out Radical Ropes in Myrtle Beach or Go Ape in North Myrtle Beach, for a tree-climbing good time. Put your fitness to the test when you attempt to complete the entire courses. This outdoor adventure will keep you immersed in the sights and sounds of the Grand Strand, while pushing your physical and mental limits!

Watersports / Swimming

Grab a boogie board, paddleboard, or surfboard, and make your way into the waves for a fun-filled, action-packed day in Myrtle Beach. Use your balancing and swimming skills, as you stay atop of the surf. If you’re more interested in swimming, just remember to be safe, as rip tides have been known to take swimmers away from their point of origin. Always swim parallel to the coast if you feel that you’re being caught up in the wrong current. You can also visit Litchfield’s on-site fitness centers like the Beachside Health & Fitness (membership is required).