Beach Cruiser Ride: Myrtle Beach

Posted Jun 26th 2013 12:53 PMUpdated Aug 8th 2013 11:24 AM



Cycling at South Carolina's Myrtle Beach is two-wheel travel at its beachy best. Just south of Myrtle Beach proper, the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway punctuates the area's natural scenery with spots to savor fresh cooking and local art and architecture. Much of the paved path is closed to vehicular traffic, and it generally runs through wooded public land. Even in the heat of summer, we often make our way here from our home in Oak Island, N.C., to ride the shady trail.

The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a work in progress -- once completed it will lead to just north of Georgetown, a 20-mile ride -- but shorter segments are already open for riders. Our favorite ride is a 16-mile out-and-back trip along that features the longest and best stretch of trail. This route runs north about 8 miles from the town of Pawleys Island, near the planned community of Litchfield by the Sea, to the fishing village of Murrells Inlet.

We picked up beach cruisers and pedaled out to explore the trail, stopping at our favorite places along the way. Including lunch, the ride took about 6 hours; you could cycle it in less time, but you might not be able to take in the beauty of the historic houses and gardens, marshes, dunes and beaches. Follow along with us in the slideshow below.

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