While Hilton Head is beautiful year-round, during Spring, you don’t have to worry about the humidity or big crowds of tourists, making it the perfect time to hit the trails. And Hilton Head Island has plenty of trails to choose from. One of the more popular methods of enjoying the many trails here on the island is on a bicycle, but sometimes it’s not always feasible to bring one with you on vacation. While you can always rent a bike, running those trails is the next best choice. We’ve put together a guide to help you find the best Hilton Head running trails so you can break a sweat on your Spring vacation.

Bridge Loop

Starting off strong, the twelve-mile Bridge Loop starts at Shelter Cove and follows Route 278 west for 2.5 miles. Although it’s a commercial street, it does have a bike lane. You can either turn right onto Palmetto Road or Arrow Road if you want something a bit quieter, as they run parallel to one another, and both will take you to the Cross Island Bridge. Leaving the bridge, you’ll take Marshland Road east for 4 miles while you take in views of the marsh with plenty of spots for shade before turning right on Mathews Drive to get back to Route 278.

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Now is the perfect time to hit the trails on Pinckney Island as the wildflowers will be in full bloom, and they are SPECTACULAR in the Springtime. There are more than 14 miles of hiking and biking trails on the island, with hundreds of live oaks dripping with Spanish moss along the way. You may want to bring a camera to capture the gorgeous views of the marsh and any wildlife you may see on your run.

Jarvis Creek Fitness Trail

Why pay for a gym membership when you have the Jarvis Creek Fitness Trail at your disposal anytime you want? Well, at least when the park is open anyway, which is 6a-9p daily. The 53-acre park features a stocked pond with a fishing pier, open fields for flag football with friends, picnic shelters, a playground for the kids, restroom facilities, and a one-mile trail stocked with more than ten pieces of cross-training equipment along the way. Each piece of equipment has detailed instructions on how to use it and how to adapt the exercises to your fitness level.


If we’re being honest, you don’t really need Hilton Head running trails to get some exercise in while you’re here. With close to 12 miles of continuous, hard-packed sand, the beaches here on the island are some of the best for running on the East Coast.