South Carolina Cyclist's Handbook

South Carolina Cyclist's Handbook

Road Bicycling routes

These are some selected routes which are especially suited for bicycling. Most of the mileage is along paved public roads.

Name Length Terrain Description
Aiken Horse Country Explorer 7.5 miles / 12.1 kilometers Gentle hills This route runs through both old neighborhoods and new neighborhoods in Aiken, SC. It also passes by nature areas and horse training facilities.
Beech Creek Ride 17.6 miles / 28.4 kilometers Moderate hills This route begins in the town of Lexington and runs through some neighborhoods on the south side of Lake Murray.
Blythewood Explorer 15.3 miles / 24.7 kilometers Moderate hills This route begins in the town of Blythewood, and then loops around to the north into Fairfield County.
Camden Ride 6.7 miles / 10.8 kilometers Flat This route goes through some of the historic sections of Camden, where you can see many older houses that have been restored.
Edisto Explorer 6.7 miles / 10.8 kilometers Flat This route passes by some of the most scenic sections of the North Fork Edisto River in Orangeburg County.
Forest Acres Explorer 6.3 miles / 10.2 kilometers Moderate hills This route goes through many residential neighborhoods in Columbia and Forest Acres, passing by the golf course at Forest Lake Country Club. Some nice flowers can be seen along this route in the spring.
Greenwood Villager 5.4 miles / 8.7 kilometers Flat This route takes you through Greenwood's mill village then back up on the new Heritage Trail.
Little Mountain Explorer 23.6 miles / 38.0 kilometers Moderate hills On the first part of this route, you may feel as if you are in the mountains, especially if you ride in the fall. You will also see some nice views of Lake Murray.
North Augusta Explorer 8.4 miles / 13.6 kilometers Gentle hills In only 81/2 miles, this route takes you through an amazing variety of scenery in two states.
Pawleys Loop 3.5 miles / 5.6 kilometers Flat This route takes you through one of the oldest summer resorts on the east coast. Some spectacular views of the marsh are possible along the causeways and along Myrtle Avenue.
Santee Shuffle 22.6 miles / 36.3 kilometers Gentle hills This route begins in the town of Elloree, SC. You will then pass by farms, swamps, woodlands, and upscale residential areas as you approach Santee State Park. After leaving the park, you will see some more residential areas and a golf course as you approach the town of Santee.
Tombfield Explorer 16.1 miles / 26.0 kilometers Flat From the Revolutionary War Park to the horse and farm land, this is an interesting route in the southern part of Kershaw County.
Wheeler Hill Ride 4.6 miles / 7.4 kilometers Moderate hills This short ride begins near the University of South Carolina and takes you through the Shandon and Wheeler Hill neighborhoods. Because of the scenery, the wide streets, and the relatively low traffic, this area is one of the favorites among cyclists in Columbia.
Wildewood Ride 4.3 miles / 7.0 kilometers Moderate hills This is an easy ride through an upscale residential area. You will pass by several ponds and a golf course.


Click here to see some long-distance trails which are suitable for bicycling. Most of this mileage is on off-road trails, both paved and unpaved.


These are some of the parks with good bicycling trails, listed alphabetically.

Also, be sure to visit the Long-distance trails page for more good bicycling.


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