Are you looking for the perfect place to ride bikes as a family? Greenville is a wonderful place to get outside and do a lot of fun activities, including riding a bike. It’s a great activity that can involve the whole family – whether the kids are old enough to ride on their own or ride in a trailer or on a bike seat.
Here’s our list of family-friendly bike trails in and near Greenville, SC.
For more ideas of outdoor fun see our Ultimate Guide to Things to Do Outside in Greenville.
Rent or Buy a Bike in Greenville
Don’t have a bike? Not an excuse not to bike ride!
There is no shortage of bike shops in the area that will rent you a bike for a few hours or a whole day. Or is your bike so old that you’re unsure it works correctly or is safe to ride? Bike shops also offer tune-ups (anywhere from $25-$80+) so you can be sure your ride is safe and efficient.
(some of these places also rent trailers for kids to ride in so just call and check if you need one of those)
Where to Ride a Bike in the Greenville, SC Area
Once you have your bike, strap on your helmet, grab the water bottle and get moving on some of these local paths.
Named at one of the Top 10 Urban Bike Paths in America, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is the first and most obvious choice. This multi-use paved trail runs along the Reedy River and connects everything from the Greenville Zoo to the Children’s Garden to my favorite place in town, the Swamp Rabbit Café,
Gateway Park, Travelers Rest
Gateway Park has both some on and off-road trails but even so, most of the off-road trails are packed dirt. It’s best for mountain bikes and they have easy to difficult trails, which are marked. A pump track is there as well.
115 Henderson Drive, Travelers Rest
Doodle Trail, Pickens County
The Doodle Trail follows an old rail line. This 8.5-mile trail connects Easley and Pickens.
East Cedar Rock Road (Pickens) to Fleetwood Drive (Easley)
This beautiful park has an abundance of trails but break out the mountain bike for these routes. Paris Mountain also includes an 11-mile single-track intermediate trail available with an elevation of just over 1,000 feet, but there are other less laborious trails. You get a reward of great views for efforts biking these trails! Paris Mountain does not allow biking on hiking trails on Saturdays.
2401 State Park Rd, Greenville, SC
Mary Black Rail Trail, Spartanburg
The Rail Trail is one of the most popular spots to ride in Spartanburg due to its flat and paved 2-mile path that connects several green spaces in Spartanburg. Bikes are available for rental on the trail. There is also the new Vic Bailey Bike park.
Croft State Park, Spartanburg
If you’re looking to get outside of Greenville a bit, head over to Croft State Park for all levels of biking trails. The Palmetto Trail goes through this park but only certain parts are open to bikers.
450 Croft State Park Rd, Spartanburg, SC
Kid-Friendly Paved Paths
Do you need a short path to walk while your little one practices on his or her training wheels? These local parks all have paved paths that are pretty short, around a half-mile or less.
North Main Park
Ramona Graham Fitness Trail at Cleveland Park
Our list of parks with paved paths has even more suggestions.
Looking for places to ride mountain bikes? These parks and trails are great for mountain biking in Greenville, SC.
Where does your family like to go for a bike ride?