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The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is a developing off-road trail currently available in a few disconnected sections, which primarily parallel U.S. 17 (Ocean Highway) and Kings River Road. Bicyclists can travel on-road, following share-the-road signs, to complete the route from Murrells Inlet to Pawleys Island.
Along the way, travelers can access Huntington Beach State Park, a sprawling 2,500-acre natural oasis of maritime forest and pristine wetlands. Nearby Brookgreen Gardens, a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, is also a worthwhile attraction to visit.
A gap along the busy Ocean Highway that plagued trail users for years was finally filled-in, providing an off-road connection along a utility corridor between Trace Drive and Boyle Drive and created a much more seamless experience.
Trail users should take care on the portion of the path along Willbrook Boulevard, as golf carts from the neighboring clubs are permitted to use the trail here.
Future plans call for lengthening the bikeway to a total of 27 miles from the Horry/Georgetown county line to Waccamaw Neck. The trail is also part of the East Coast Greenway, a growing network of connected multi-use trails extending from Florida to Maine.
Parking is available at Morse Park Landing in Murrells Inlet, as well as in Huntington Beach State Park (but note that there’s a nominal park admission fee).
I work out on this trail daily and it is a good ride except for the Waverley road section. I have contacted the Greenway trail folks about its conditions but they said that Georgetown County was responsible for that section. So I sent a message to the county engineer and never got a response. Time to try again. Sections of that sidewalk are extremely dangerous and need repair
Feb 2023-No observation of any maintenance on the tree roots. Very hard ride- especially on a road bike. Skip the northern section altogether.
Northern portion from Pawleys Island to Litchfield trail has MANY tree roots that have made the trail difficult in certain areas.
Don't go out of your way. This trail is not for anyone trying to enjoy a true bike trail experience. The asphalt paved trail is extremely and unnecessarily twisty with tarred over root bumps everywhere. The US 17 traffic noise is overwhelming. Other reviews provide additional comments on these and additional shortcomings. However, if you find yourself nearby,do drop in and just pay the fee to enter Huntington Beach State Park. Enjoy this wonderful park. Park near Atalya. Ride your bikes on the paved roads within the park and enjoy the marsh and dunes. Head out on the road from Atalya towards Brookgreen Gardens (a must). When it ends, just take the park service road north towards the main gate, exit the park, and then go as far north & or south on the Waccamaw Neck trail as you find enjoyable. the trail ends about a mile or so to the north, Going south, we turned around after 3 or so miles when the urban interface began. Return to the park and enjoy it some more if you have the time.
Just a note to affirm that previous reviews are still valid. The ride thru the forest part was very pleasant. Parked at Morse Park (maybe?), at a boat launch site; a little unclear to me. The first part of the north end runs along business route 17 until you reach the woods part. At one point, had to turn around and go back because the path went right and we went left. Had lunch in Litchfield and then returned. Very nice trip for the casual rider.
Really nice shaded trail and very well maintained. I enjoyed it and even say the famous gator on my way. The only downfall on this trail is that I don't like how it breaks off and picks up. I am from out of state so it was hard to figure out where it picks up in some places.
A good ride for families, an okay ride for a vigorous workout. The twists and turns , along with tree roots of the north end going into Murrells Inlet make it slow going if your up for a workout. It’s great to be off the road though, and for families it’s a lot of fun. A few bridges to cross and it ends up at the marsh for a good finish.
We rode the north end of the trail this morning and were impressed. There is no public parking on the north end but we parked in a local business several blocks away with out issue. The trail is a very twisty paved trail through the dense woods. Who ever created this trail did their best to avoid cutting as many large trees as possible. It was a very pleasant ride. As you progress, the trail is diverted into a quiet neighborhood with very little traffic. A very nice experience. Be aware that there are several driveways, and business parking lots that need to be traversed which could be an issue if you are traveling with small children.
Yesterday we rode the trail from Murrell's Inlet to Litchfield and today from Litchfield to Pawley's Island. I gave it five stars because I am supportive of the effort to continue to build the trail to Georgetown. It's more of a cruising path at present, with pedestrians and road crossings. The most hazardous part of the trail is at the road crossings - drivers are looking back to their left and often do not see bikes. I'm used to riding mountain trails and roads, so I enjoy cruising and getting in some relaxing rides. I look forward to seeing the bikeway continue to improve and will support the effort.
Lots of root intrusion under the asphalt path makes for a pretty bumpy ride, especially on either side of Huntington Beach State Park, but this is a nice trail overall. The traffic on Highway 17 is ever present in terms of noise, but you are typically a good ways into the woods where you can forget it is there with only occasional instances of being exposed to it. There are a few stretches where you have to go through a neighborhood and a good stretch where you are right on the highway. I doubt I will ride it again, though, as I need a bit more padding in the seat to handle all of the bumps from the roots. Unfortunate, because I really had my hopes up! If you have time be sure to ride in the state park. Easy, flat, and smooth roads with great scenery, easy beach access, and lots of things to do. If possible ride before Memorial Day and after Labor Day to avoid the seasonal crowds.
We have rode along Huntington Park trails often and enjoy them. We decided to take the Martin Luther King road trail which was a great ride. But When we rode down Waverly Road, we were very disappointed. The sidewalks were almost all broken and the traffic was too heavy to ride in the street. When we reached 17, we could not decide which was worse, riding all the way back the way we came or riding down 17 back to Litchfield in the heat. Either way was bad!!! We believe the bike trails should have "bike " trails or not be designated as a bike trail.
I rode this trail on my Haro hybrid and loved it. Well maintained trail with enough curves to make it fun with a scenic ride through the trees. I was not comfortable with the bike path to Murrells inlet with cars too close for my liking. Butbthebtrails and beach at Huntington State beach are great
I ride this and then some on Dec 19, 2015. Rode my road bike, which want the best choice. Most people were riding rented beach cruisers, and I should have used my mountain bike, which I was also toting around the country with me.The trail takes you alongside Hwy-17 weaving through the woods bordering Huntington Beach Park. Once up in Murrells Inlet, there are a number of other options to extend the ride. I will warn, however, that both Burgess Rd (Hwy-707) and Hwy-17 are a bit sketchy if you are uncomfortable riding in fast traffic.Two causeways can take you out to the island property, which is four miles end-to-end, for another extension. must of the ride along Kings River offers a bike path.Overall nice and easy, but many roots on the bike paths detracted from my road-bike adventure.
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