Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA and surrounding islands.
Bikes: Cannondale R500, Motobecane Messenger
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Camping is not allowed at Pickney Island, and it is known as a gay prostitute hang out. Riding on US 278 is not advised. If you want to vacation on Hilton Head Island, bring a hybrid or comfort bike and use the bike paths, as riding on the road will get you put in jail, despite being legal, you will be charged with public disorderly conduct. Same goes for roads in Bluffton with pathways.
Camping is discouraged as it may bring the wrong element to Hilton Head Island. HHI is all about appearances with no substance.
The area is more an overbuilt and gated suburb, not near to what it was 15 years ago.
Sorry to be such a downer, but I've lived, worked, and cycled in this area for 20 years and seen things get worse, not better. Long flat country roads are now busy highways with sprawl and people more concerned about themselves (Yankees) then others. Sundays aren't even safe, as bikes are in the way of people going to church.
If you want a cycling vacation in the Lowcountry, base yourself in Beaufort or Walterboro and head out into the countryside from there. HHI is bike path hell and Bluffton is working hard at catching up.