Exploring South Carolina's Bike-Friendly Harbors

Are you looking for a great biking experience in South Carolina? From the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville and Travelers Rest to the Mary Black Foundation Railroad Trail in Spartanburg, there are plenty of bike-friendly harbors in the state. The Three Rivers Greenway in Columbia is nearly 10 miles long and offers stunning views of the downtown skyline. The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway runs 16 miles through the historic Waccamaw Neck, while the Spanish Moss Trail takes you through 16 kilometers of historic points of interest. Charleston's Ravenel Bridge is a must-see for cyclists, with its 2.7-mile cable car offering spectacular views of the Charleston Harbor.

Charleston is renowned as one of the best cities for biking in the US, and Charleston Bicycle Tours provides multi-day tour packages with different themes. If you prefer to explore on your own, try the Swamp Fox Trail, one of the oldest bike trails in the area, with more than 64 kilometers of unpaved trails. The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has also started to add paint bands to bicycle lanes during resurfacing projects, when there is enough width to do so. Greenville is the only city in South Carolina with staff positions dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian issues and infrastructure, as well as the only one that has hired professional consultants to work with the city to develop a master plan focused solely on bicycle access and safety.

Unfortunately, bicycle collisions are “very underreported” according to experts, and an average of 15 bicycle-related deaths occur in South Carolina every year. If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, head to Chattooga River for whitewater rafting. This South Carolina river offers class IV and V whitewater rafting along its border with Georgia. For mountain biking enthusiasts, there are plenty of single-track trails throughout South Carolina.

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