The Best Jekyll Island Bike Trails to the Most Inaccessible Club in the World

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Our guide to Jekyll Island bike trails gives you the low down on the 20+ miles of paved (and unpaved) routes around the island, Jekyll Island bike rentals, what to see, where to go, and what to watch out for along the way. This Golden Isle is a recreational cyclist’s dream, especially if they know how to make the most out of this unique biking destination. From the historic mansions of the 19th-century industrial elite to windswept dunes and the picturesque Driftwood Beach, there is plenty to see on and off your bike on this 7-mile long barrier island in southeast Georgia.

In this article, we’ll break down the five major bike routes, along with first-hand tips and tricks with a detailed interactive Jekyll Island bike trail map. Before long, you’ll be biking Jekyll Island like a pro and finding your own favorite routes and spots. To get you going, we’ve created routes on MapMyRide that give you turn by turn directions, show you the elevation and even have KML and GPX bike routes to export. Just load the app on your phone, click into our route, and never miss a turn! The route are linked to the route names in the trail table for you to use and enjoy.

Beach and Sand Dunes from the Ocean Front Bike Trail on Jekyll Island
Biking through the Historic District on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island Bike Map

Below is our Jekyll Island bike map featuring points of interest and the Jekyll Island trail system. We added extra information to the description of the cottages for a self-guided bike tour of the historic district. If the map does load, be sure to refresh your browser 😉

Jekyll Island Bike Routes

Historic District Loop2.1 milesExplore the clubhouse and cottages of the Historic District
Ocean View Trail2.1 milesBike along the dunes and beaches of Jekyll Island
Glimpses of Golf Courses3.9 milesRide through Jekyll Island's famous links
North Loop9.3 milesPass under mature oaks and stop at Driftwood Beach
South Loop5.7 milesPeddle through the marshes to St Andrew's Point

Biking the Historic District Loop

Jekyll Island’s most famous attractions are the historic cottages from the Jekyll Island Club days. The Jekyll Island Club transformed this area into “the richest, most inaccessible club in the world” when it opened its doors in 1886. Members included J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and Marshall Field, who prized this little paradise for its “sense of splendid isolation,” beautiful landscape, and moderate climate. Soon they built cottages to pursue “a life of elegant leisure.”

The who’s who of the industrial elite spent their winters on Jekyll Island with rolling fancy parties and plenty of romance and socializing. Today the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District protects and preserves 240 acres and 34 structures for the public to enjoy.

Biking through the historic district is more of a ramble than a rally. Riding the wooden paths over the marshes is cool for riding sake, but the highlight is definitely the history. The opulent mansions and towering live oaks draped in Spanish moss transport you back in time. Even though we mapped a 2-mile loop, you will easily double this distance as you cruise through Millionaire’s Row.

Be sure to stop at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to check out their rescue efforts and the Jekyll Island Museum to learn more about the area’s unique history. There are plenty of places to stop in for a bite as you cycle through the historic district, including Doc’s Snack Shop, Island Sweet Shoppe, and The Wharf for a waterfront meal of sweet Georgia shrimp.

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A wedding at Crane Cottage in the Jekyll Island Historic District
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Boardwalk over the marshes just south of the Historic District

Ocean View Trail

Ocean View trail is a dedicated bike path that follows the coast two miles from The Jekyll Island Ocean Club up to the Beach House Restaurant and Tap Room. Here you’ll enjoy winding through rolling sand dunes and biking along a wide beach. Be careful of sand blowing onto the path in this section. You’ll feel like you are on a true beach vacation as you pedal up and down the Ocean View Trail. This trail is an out-and-back route that you’ll probably loop into other bike rides throughout Jekyll Island. It’s so nice that you’ll probably want to work it into your weekend ride over and over again.

Stop along the way for happy hour at Tortuga Jacks or indulge in a banana mocha chocolate pate at the Jekyll Ocean Club (a terrine of milk, dark, and white chocolate, caramelized banana, and dried cherries. So good. So naughty). We have an excellent post on staying at the Jekyll Island Club or the Jekyll Ocean Club on your Jekyll Island bike adventure if you want to explore the differences in where to stay on Jekyll Island.

Ocean Front Trail on Jekyll Island

Glimpses of Golf Courses Ride

Even though Jekyll Island is only 7-miles long and 1.5-miles wide, it’s home to four golf courses. If you’re a biker, not a golfer, this greenspace makes for fantastic ways to cross the island and see a little nature along the way, maybe even a birdie! There’s also a pond or two where you might catch a glimpse of an alligator.

Would I consider the glimpses of golf courses a destination ride? Probably not, but it sure beats riding on the road to travel from the beach to the historic district and back. This route is called out as a 4-mile loop, but honestly, you’re probably just going to use it as a 1.5-mile connector from one side of the island to the other.

Glimpses of Golf Course Trail on Jekyll Island

The North Loop Route

The North Loop is drawn as a 9-mile loop. You’ll probably want to stretch it out to at least 12 miles, so you have one more pass through the historic district and one more pass along Ocean View Trail. If you’re a rider at all, you’re going to want to add this one to your trip. You’re also going to want to go early in the morning or later in the evening to make the most of the light since there is absolutely gorgeous scenery here.

The first must-stop photo op is Driftwood Beach on the north-east corner of the island. There aren’t bike racks here, so you’ll want to bring a chain and not just a U-lock to secure your bike to a tree while you’re on the beach. Driftwood Beach faces east, so you’ll find a particularly beautiful sunrise peeping through the fallen trees. Ironically, the trees there aren’t driftwood. The island is slowly moving south, so these are trees left behind as the beach erodes away.

The 1-mile oxbow through Clam Creek Picnic Area is optional as the road by the campground is very rideable and scenic. Make sure you pull onto North Loop Trail, which starts across from the campground. It’s the smoothest, most rideable trail segment on the island. It also passes through the historic Horton House, the original European homestead, and offers terrific views of the East River and Sidney Lanier Bridge. The west side of the island is optimal at sunset, so you really can’t go wrong. You can just bike the North loop twice if you want to.

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Jekyll Island view at sunset
Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island
Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island

The South Loop Ramble

Parents aren’t supposed to pick their favorite child, but the South Loop isn’t it. For starters, we were riding our 25mm road tires. The single-track segments here are all packed dirt, which was doable, but not great trail conditions. Once we got off the dirt, we were riding the road down to St Andrew’s Beach without bike lanes.

Google Maps shows a dedicated trail on the east side of the island, but it’s all sidewalks. This loop speaks to two types of cyclists, fat tire riders (beach cruisers work here too) who want to meander through the woods or road riders who want to pump out miles on the pavement. It’s a different beast than the rest of the casual bike rides on Jekyll Island.

There is some cool stuff on this side of the island, but you’re going to have to get off your bike to see it. The Wanderer Memorial remembers one of the last slave ships to land in America. The beach just south of there has unusual fallen trees like Driftwood Beach. Glory Beach Boardwalk takes you across the largest dunes on the island onto a near-deserted stretch of sand. I’m not saying don’t go, but maybe go in your car during an afternoon rest break.

Jenn biking the South Loop on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island Bike Rentals

You can see Jenn riding on her women’s specific hybrid in the photo above. The road tires did well on everything but the sandy trails of the South Loop. If you’re looking for Jekyll Island Bike Rentals, you have three options, Jekyll Wheels, Beachside Bike Rentals, or Jekyll Island Bike Barn. Their hours vary seasonally, so call ahead.

We have placed their store locations on our Jekyll Island map. Even if you have a bike at home, you might consider renting. Wider tires will help you on the South Loop, and it’s a sure-fire way to keep sand and salt out of your gears.

  • Jekyll Wheels (912.635.5185) – Located in the middle of the historic district.
  • Beachside Bike Rentals (912.635.9801) – Located near the south end of the Ocean View Trail near Days Inn and Suites.
  • Jekyll Island Bike Club (912.635.2648) Located on the north end of the Ocean Front Trail across the road from Tortuga Jacks.

Rentals are hourly, daily, or weekly with price points depending on the bike selected. A mid-range Baja Cruiser rents for about $11 hourly, $36 daily, and $125 weekly. In our opinion, the daily is the best deal. You can get a taste of biking Jekyll Island without worrying about the clock.

If you have just one day to ride, make sure you take the Ocean View ride, the North Loop around the tip of the island, and dabble through the historic district. Just pick your favorite connector across the middle of the island. If you’re only riding, cut across on the golf course trail, but if you’re feeling snacky, you should stop by the Dairy Queen and Circle K for a mid-ride treat.

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Jekyll Wheels, a  Jekyll Island bike rental shop
Bike trail on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island Bike Trails FAQs

How long is the North Loop trail Jekyll Island?

The North Loop trail on Jekyll Island is 9.3 miles.

How long is bike path around Jekyll Island?

There are 24 miles of paved biking trails on Jekyll Island with a broad range of scenery to enjoy.

Are bike helmets required on Jekyll Island?

Bike helmets are required for riders aged 16 & younger.

Wrapping up Jekyll Island Bike Trails

The 20+ miles of bike trails on Jekyll Island makes it a fantastic bike destination for riders who like a lot of eye candy while they peddle. It’s a casual, fun atmosphere with plenty of scenery and history everywhere you go. Whether you’re on a romantic Jekyll Island getaway or just looking for a weekend ride, you should consider heading out to Jekyll Island. There are also fabulous cycle routes through Northeast Florida including biking in St. Augustine to consider if you’re looking to expand your cycling options around Jekyll Island.

Remember to ride safely and read our bike disclaimer before you go

Where to Stay on Jekyll Island

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