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Level: Intermediate
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +15/9 ft
Total: 30 riders
 

Mountain Biking Palmetto Bay Trails

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#89 of 109 mountain bike trails in South Carolina
#11764 in the world

Hilton Head Island is Flat.... but these trails are better than riding on the paved paths.
A small network of single track trails, with short loops (which can be joined together to make one big loop) in local wooded areas in and around the 'Baseball Park' off Plametto Bay Road and Helmsman Way.
Most local riders use these trails in the fall, winter and spring, and are somewhat maintained during these months. You will need to explore the whole area to find all the single track that is there... The trails get overgrown in the summer months from the lack of riders because its just too damn hot to ride!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Either ride or drive to the Baseball Park / Skate Park and explore the trails from there.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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Easiest | 5 mi
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Easiest | 10 mi

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Q: is this a good trail for someone just starting out

Q: What is address of starting point
A: There are a lot of trails here with a lot of variety. I think Rusty Bucket is a great beginner trail. It's 1 mile long. Tortoise trail is a bit more advanced but there is nothing too technical. Those are 2 good trails for a beginner.

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  • kalebealahan
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    My brother and i rode parts of this last night 9/14/18 and it was cool how they had so much elevation in hhi. But we didnt get into the trail as it looked very overgrown. But it is sc and summer time so come winter or fall and i think it will be rideable. Also its very difficult to find at first. When you enter the parking lot its a wide section of grass to the right going into the woods. From there you'll see the trail signs. I hope this helps someone.

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  • The Biggs
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    Better off sticking to paved paths around the island. I rode all the way from the beach on my mountain bike to hit this 3-mile Loop. Spider webs. Unkempt trails. I'm not risking poison ivy. Trees down.

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  • dmsellers
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    Well, it's better than the paved paths that dominate the island. One fun stretch along a drainage ditch leading out to the marsh had a number of deep rollers to play on.

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  • Mr Mojo Risin
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    Jeesh, these trails could use some TLC. I guess it's understandable that singletrack riding isn't too popular on a beach island like Hilton Head. The silver lining was that it made me appreciate my local trails/terrain and I got a sweet SC badge out of it.

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  • lwhite098
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    There's some good and bad to these trails. You can find some nice spots to mess around in Uncared for is an understatement though pine needles are so think it's like riding on sand and lots of trees are down. If you are on the island though it's worth a stop

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  • Sandmanfister
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    So, ride this today with three kids and a friend of mine. Gotta say was surprised after finding the trailhead. There was a great hilly section that let us work on some climbing skills. Some techy sections, but overall a good warm-up. Found some ok singletrack. A lot of the trail was blocked by fallen trees. Overall worth the drive for me, and I'll be heading back again.

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  • Hotdog
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    As of January 2017 it still had quite a few trees down. I need to get back and see if it's been cleared. I attempted to contact the city of Hilton head to ask permission to volunteer to clear the trails, but could never get a response. When cleared it's a good little network, even with some ups and downs. When you enter the park for parking, just to the left is a short but fun section of about 15' ups and downs along a natural water drainage area. Aside from that it's mostly flat, but good to get your single track fix in. I recommend parking somewhere before the "toll bridge" and ride across. It's free that way, the paved trails have a nice bike lane across, and it's the biggest hill you're gonna find on the island, albeit a man made hill.

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  • rynopsu
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    Really not rideable right now. There is still too much damage from the hurricane. Even the dirt road portions are really rough from heavy machinery tracks. Not sure how it would be in decent condition.

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  • hammerite
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    I'm giving this full marks because it is great for what it is, where it is, and coming in expecting no actual trails to ride on HHI. You have to look for trail heads around the park, and as others have mentioned you kind of have to piece your own route together. In some areas there are several intersections of paths and it's easy to get turned around. On the north side of the road (closest to the bridge/beach) there is a fun pump style section that flows really great. There are other areas on the south side that mimic this also. Clearly man made and meant for creating some elevation oriented fun in a very flat area. The amount of trail available for beginners depends on what you're looking for. There are paved trails in the park and double track easy-peasy everywhere. If you're a skilled MTBer looking for "just a workout" that won't bore you while you're on vacation, this is a great place once you find the real single track off the beaten path. I was able to make a good 5 mile stretch with just a bit of repeating some short sections.

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  • phil37
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    For what Hilton Head has terrain-wise, these trails are impressive.Props to the crew that created them, everything is rideable both ways and the little park is jam packed with them. Do a little exploring and you'll find them all. Coming from flat Florida these trails are just my kind of thing to get a workout in, but there are a couple of short sections that can get your adrenaline pumping. Note to visitors of HHI: I didn't bring my own bike because i figured that one of the dozens of rental stores would have one on hand. The only thing I found was an old Giant boulder with the fork rusted. So call ahead or BYOB.

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  • CFM
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    This is a small maze of trails near the sports complex. Not sure if I covered all of them but they seem not heavily used. The area does have some short hills which are unusual for the island. Easy access by way of the greenway system

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  • ittakes2freestyle
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    Looks like it could be a fun little trail system BUT there is absolutely no trail maintenance here whatsoever. Don't waste your time. I checked it out cause I was staying close by. No trail work here in years I bet.

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  • jkey6
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    Very flat and featureless. But as the previous reviewers stated, better than nothing!

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  • jrerickson724
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    Don't get your hopes up if you're looking for singletrack at Hilton Head. Apparently there were some trails at one time but have since been overrun by the progress of the nearby ball fields, etc.. There is nothing to ride here. We found parts of the old trails but no one keeps them up and clearly no one rides them. It's a wash. Don't even attempt it. Ended up driving to Savannah 43 miles away to find a singletrack.

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  • **

    Not well maintained or well marked but has a couple fun singletrack loops once you get in there. Better than nothing.

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