Greenville not only rocks — it rolls! With 17 miles of on-street bikeways, 13 miles of paved bike trails, a public bike share program and the acclaimed Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Spartanburg is a Bicycle Friendly Community, too — in fact, it was the first city in the state to earn this designation. Easley and Pickens connect with the 8.5-mile Doodle Trail.
MARQUEE CYCLING EVENTS
Assault on Mount Mitchell
Hosted every Spring since 1974, a grueling 102.7-mile ride from downtown Spartanburg to the summit of Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina, with more than 10,000 feet of vertical climb.
Hincape Grand Fondo
GreenvilleHosted every October, bringing in celebrity cyclists and offering 15-mile, 50-mile and 80-mile routes on the roads where George Hincapie trains.
A closed-circuit, multi-lap cycling race through downtown Spartanburg, with six events — four amateur and two professional — that are part of the USA CRITS series.
FAST FACT: Greenville is a Top 10 Cycling City in America (Global Cycling Network)
BIKE SHOPS THAT ARE BREW PUBS
Piney Mountain Bike Lounge
20 Piney Mountain Road, GreenvillePineyMtB.com
Part taproom, part full-service bike shop, with a pump track out back. Local craft brews, wine and cider complement a daily food truck schedule of popular mobile eateries.
Mountain Goat Greenville
120 Shaw St., GreenvilleMountainGoatGvl.com
A destination for bikes and brews, serving Methodical Coffee along with more than 40 craft beers. And 100% of profits go toward mentoring and job opportunities for at-risk youth.
UPSTATE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
Croft State Park
450 Croft State Park Road, SpartanburgSouthCarolinaParks.com/Croft
Twenty miles of mountain biking trails across rolling, wooded terrain.
Paris Mountain State Park
2401 State Park Road, Greenville, SouthCarolinaParks.com/Paris-Mountain
Fifteen miles of mountain biking trails. NOTE: Biking is not allowed on any of the trails on Saturdays.
Pleasant Ridge County Park
4232 State Highway 11, Marietta, GreenvilleRec.com/Parks/Pleasant-Ridge-Park
This six-mile trail—comprising mostly smooth-rolling, hard-packed singletrack, with a few rock gardens and a couple of tight off-camber switchbacks—is named in honor of Jorge Francisco Arango.
Sadlers Creek State Park
940 Sadlers Creek Road, Anderson, SouthCarolinaParks.com/Sadlers-Creek
A six-mile, beginner-friendly forest trail that’s well groomed and mostly level.
Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park
Stumphouse Tunnel Road, WalhallaStumphousePark.com
Fourteen miles of trails—with 10 more on the way—where options abound for everyone from novices to seasoned mountain bikers to shred some dirt.
AREA BIKE CLUBS
KNOW SECRET: Want to sharpen your bike handling skills? Check out Gateway’s Bike Skills Flow Park, where you’ll find a progression of trails with various challenges and terrains. 115 Henderson Drive, Travelers Rest | GreenvilleRec.com/Parks/Gateway-Park