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Cycling Myrtle Beach: Mountain Bike Trails

Obviously the big draw in Myrtle Beach is, well, the beach. But plenty of visitors to Paradise Resort in Myrtle Beach are also interested in other outdoors pursuits, including cycling! And, although Myrtle Beach isn’t a mountainous area, there are still a few trails that offer fun and challenging rides for mountain bikers.

The Waccamaw Trail Blazers are the ultimate resource for cyclists, so if you plan to bike in Myrtle Beach, start by visiting www.waccamawtrailblazers.com.

Here are a few options for cyclists visiting the Myrtle Beach area:

• The A-10 Mountain Bike Trail
This single-track trail was built by the Waccamaw Trail Blazers near The Market Common and next to the Barc Park just 2 miles from Paradise Resort. The trail is named for the A-10 bomber, in honor of the area’s history as a U.S. Air Force Base. “Currently a 1.4 mile loop of twisty single-track trail through a fairly flat area, the A-10 is fast and fun,” according to the Trail Blazers. Additional berms and wooden structures are planned for the area, as well.

• The Hulk
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, give The Hulk a try. If you think Myrtle Beach has nothing to offer but flats, this trail will change your mind. It’s also a single track trail, but with none of this “flat and fast” business. The Hulk starts with a 30 foot climb, “then takes on characteristics of a wooden roller coaster.” Look out for twists, switchbacks, small hill climbs, ditch digs, dramatic drops and speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. The Hulk, also known as the Horry County Bike and Run Park, is located on Frontage Road B-2 off River Oaks Drive in Carolina Forest.

• Jackson Bluff
This trail is part of the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge, and offers double track, fire roads and technically difficult single track. “We now have a beautiful wooden bridge on the main trail that dumps you out into a technical rock garden and uphill climb. Riding the trail from the trailhead to the recreation area (Cox Ferry Landing) and back will get you a 6.2 mile ride. Trails are marked with Blue, Yellow, Orange, and Green diamonds,” according to the Waccamaw Trail Blazers. The trail is located south of Hwy. 544 between Conway and Surfside Beach, S.C., about a 20 minute drive from Paradise Resort.

Now that you know about the cycling options, next time you come visit Myrtle Beach, don’t leave your bike behind! There’s plenty of riding to be done here, from easy and mellow to sweat-churning challenges.

Maps and details can be found at www.waccamawtrailblazers.com.