Nestled around the Baseball Park off Palmetto Bay Road and Helmsman Way on Hilton Head Island, this 3-mile loop trail may be hard to find but is worth the effort. To start your adventure, head to the Baseball Park/Skate Park and commence exploring from there.
Surprisingly, these trails offer more than the flat terrains Hilton Head Island is known for. The network consists of short loops that can be combined to form a larger loop, providing options for how to navigate your ride. While most local riders frequent these trails in fall, winter, and spring, the trail is known to get overgrown during summer due to less traffic and intense heat.
Riders have shared mixed reviews, with some finding it better than the paved paths and others mentioning the need for some TLC. The trail's condition can be significantly impacted by weather, with previous hurricanes causing extended damage. However, if you manage to find your way, there are some thrilling stretches, like the drainage ditch leading out to the marsh with deep rollers.Attention: If you're planning to rent a bike, call ahead as the selection can be limited. Most local shops stock more casual bikes, leaving little to cater to serious MTBers. Your best bet might be to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike).
This trail serves as an intriguing exception to Hilton Head's predominantly flat terrain, providing a mix of ups and downs and some technical sections. Given its relative obscurity and lack of upkeep, this isn't the trail for everyone. However, if you're looking for an alternative to the paved paths, or if you're a local looking to shake things up, these trails may offer a few surprises.For the best experience, it's recommended to ride during the cooler months when the trails are more maintained and less overgrown. Regardless of the season, make sure to explore thoroughly to discover all the hidden tracks this small but intriguing network has to offer.