How are these Ranked?
1 – 2 Stars
This is for dusting off the old bicycle and getting out there. Beginner routes offer greenway passages or protected bike lanes.You get to concentrate on Columbia’s beautiful attractions, not your effort. You won’t climb steep hills or deal with traffic.
Intermediate routes require confidence to deal with some traffic. You’ll take neighborhood roads through the city, avoiding major thoroughfares and hills.
The experienced cyclist knows safety surpasses all other standards. Abide by traffic laws, and be mindful of your surroundings. Consider bringing a friend, and expect a challenge.
Rosewood / Shandon Loop
4.8 miles, all neighborhood
The Rosewood/Shandon loop is a great way to enjoy a safe loop with great shade, but still a few hills.
5.2 miles, mixed use path
This is the standard by which your other rides are set. Completely flat, beautiful scenery, and friendly faces for two and a half miles, one way. The more you ride it, the more you’ll want the Broad River bridge’s bike lane finished. Water fountains, bathrooms, and parking are found at both ends.
Downtown / Greenways / USC
5.6 miles of urban riding
Although this route looks a little intimidating, it is actually pretty casual. Starting and ending at the Statehouse North Lawn, it first takes you down to the Vista Greenway which then continues through Finlay Park, ending at Elmwood. This great trail is bike / pedestrian only. The route goes through a few hills in Elmwood before passing by Warmouth and Indah Coffee, which may make a great stop for hydration. Next it tours through the historic district before wrapping around the University of South Carolina and ending back on the State House Lawn. The Whig is directly across the street and offers a good place to cool off after.
W.Cola / Cayce Loop
4.5 miles, mostly neighborhood roads
This route may be best served for Sunday Brunch! Start at the Amphitheater and ride up past 116 and Cafe Strudel! Even if it isn’t reserved for a Sunday, you can always make a stop in at Henry’s! This route really does enjoy the Avenues of West Columbia and Cayce as they should.
5.3 miles of Mixed Use Path
If you feel more adventurous, venture off the straight and narrow. The trail’s five miles long, and it’s quiter than Riverfront Park. Folks use the nationally recognized Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center for facilities.
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