Stay mentally and physically fit in 2020 by using these tranquil outdoor trails and fitness pavilions.
If you’re looking to enhance your mood, save money and avoid the time and trouble of getting to the gym, look no further than the great outdoors. Take advantage of this mild winter by getting your sweat on with Mother Nature while enjoying the beautiful scenery at one of these parks, trails and fitness pavilions.
Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail
This 2.3-mile trail on Hunting Island is a moderately easy hike or a moderate mountain bike ride with a few challenging spots along the way. The trail is a unique mixture of sand, roots and crushed oyster shells. If the Rattlesnake is a little too intense, Hunting Island offers eight other trails of varying length and difficulty.
Get there: 1775 Sea Island Pkwy., Hunting Island
Buckwalter Place Greenway Trail
This pedestrian nature trail is 1.35 miles long and surrounds the Buckwalter Place mixed-use development. The first two sections of the trail are designed to be ADA accessible. The trail is located in a well-maintained wetlands buffer. Some of the features that can be seen along the trail include bottomland hardwood forests, wetland streams and a man-made lagoon.
Get there: 101 Buckwalter Place Blvd, Bluffton
Off the rails
Spanish Moss Trail
Built on a old railroad track, this 10-mile greenway in northern Beaufort County has become a must-experience activity for active residents and visitors alike. The trail is 12 feet wide and paved, offering spectacular water and marsh views, coastal wildlife viewing and historic points of interest as it meanders through Spanish moss-draped neighborhoods.
Get there: Clarendon Road/U.S. 21 in Burton; Ribaut Road/U.S. 21 in Port Royal
Jarvis Creek Fitness Trail
Short of an actual gym, you won’t find a better workout spot on Hilton Head Island. Drop your kids off at the playground while you exercise on the 10 pieces of cross training equipment set up at stations along the mile-long looping trail around the picturesque lake. Highlights include a sit-up bench, a pull-up bar and parallel bars.
Get there: 70 Jarvis Park Road, Hilton Head Island
And the Oscar goes to…
Oscar Frazier Fitness Trail
This is the best free outdoor workout you will find in Bluffton. It offers the same equipment as Jarvis Creek and is free and open to the public during park hours. Both projects were part of the PRO Wellness Project, an initiative of the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Leadership Class.
Get there: 10 Recreation Ct., Bluffton