Bike 30A: The Ultimate Guide

June 14, 2023

To imagine Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A without bicycles is to imagine the Gulf Coast without an ocean. It’s impossible. See, biking on 30A isn’t just a convenient way to get around (though it certainly is that!). It’s a way of life, a raison d’être, a two-wheeled type of gospel. Bike paths are king, beach cruisers queen, bike rental shops are ace, and cars are for jokers (jk!).

In short, Scenic Highway 30A is a bicyclist’s paradise with plenty of condos and homes in the area with bikes included in the package. Stretching 26 miles along the Gulf Coast, here’s a primer on what to know, where to go (as well as where to rent), and how to roll up on some good ol’ times while biking on 30A. 

Can you bike along 30A?

Absolutely! Biking is not only allowed along 30A but also highly encouraged. The area boasts a well-maintained biking infrastructure, including designated bike lanes and paths, making it safe and convenient for cyclists of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider, biking along 30A is a fantastic way to soak up the coastal charm and explore the various communities dotting the coastline. 

For seasoned riders, there are dozens of excellent routes where cyclists love to get an early morning sweat session in before beach-day activities. Perhaps the most famous of these routes is the 19-mile Timpoochee Trail, which stretches almost the entire length of 30A and links together its renowned beach communities along one gloriously paved double-wide bike path (more on this one shortly!).

For families and casual riders, the 16 different towns along 30A are about as bike-friendly as they come. Whether you’re township-hopping along the Timpoochee or casually coasting through the quaint neighborhood streets of Seagrove or Seacrest, there’s something extraordinary about cycling here.

Other beach communities might be equally flat with minimal hills or elevation. Still, others might have some nicely paved bike lanes. But practically no other beach community in the country can match the sheer breadth and smoothly-paved depth of 30A’s bike trail network. 

Where do I rent bikes on 30A?

Because 30A is such a great place to bike, it’s no surprise that it is home to dozens of excellent local shops offering rental services. Renting a bike on 30A is a total breeze. Here are just a handful of great places in the area to rent bikes.

Peddler’s Pavilion

Situated in the heart of Seacrest Beach, Peddler’s Pavilion offers a wide range of bikes for delivery or pick-up, including cruisers, mountain bikes, and even electric bikes. Their friendly staff will help you find the perfect bike for your adventure. An added bonus of renting from Peddler’s Pavilion is that within the same little half-moon-shaped assortment of shops is a buzzing bevy of options—from Peddler’s Pub to 30A Bagels & Coffee. 

Big Daddy’s Bike Shop

Located in Santa Rosa Beach, Big Daddy’s Bike Shop is a popular spot for bike rentals offering curbside pickup or free home delivery. They have a diverse selection of bikes, from beach cruisers to children’s bikes, ensuring the whole family can join in on the fun.

BigFish Bike Rentals

Family owned and operated, with over 20 years in the biz, and situated in Grayton Beach, BigFish Bike Rentals offers one of the best selections of bikes along 30A—from BMX to beach cruisers and everything in between. Added bonus? They offer bike delivery and pick up all along 30A.

30A Bike Rentals

With multiple locations along the 30A stretch, 30A Bike Rentals offers convenience and reliability. They provide a range of bike options, including beach cruisers, tandem bikes, and kids’ bikes. Their well-maintained fleet and helpful staff ensure a smooth rental experience. 30A Bike Rentals also provides delivery service to the entire Highway 30A stretch, including Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Dune Allen, Water Color, Seaside, WaterSound, Seacrest, Seagrove, & Rosemary Beach.

30A Electric Bike Co.

For the easy-breezy of heart, 30A Electric Bike Company delivers the electric goods. With a few models to choose from, these e-bikes are sleek, attractive, and, yep—easy as all get out to ride. Perfect for effortless and enjoyable rides, longer distances, or hilly terrain.

Our Favorite 30A Bike Trails

Now that you have your bike, it’s time to hit the trails! 30A is home to numerous bike trails that will take you on a scenic journey through the coastal communities and nature preserves. Here are five trails that we absolutely love.

1. Timpoochee Trail

You simply can’t talk about cycling in 30A without discussing the Timpoochee Trail. Spanning approximately 19 miles and stretching from Dune Allen Beach to Inlet Beach, this is the main bike path along 30A. It’s a true adventure artery, linking together 30A’s distinct beach communities along one smoothly-paved path and offering stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, coastal dunes, and more.

2. Point Washington State Forest Trail

For those seeking a more immersive nature experience, the Point Washington State Forest Trail is a must-visit. This trail winds through the picturesque Point Washington State Forest, showcasing the area’s diverse flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for wildlife sightings as you pedal through this serene oasis.

3. Grayton Beach State Park Trail

Located within the scenic Grayton Beach State Park, this trail perfectly blends coastal beauty and natural wonders. Ride along the trail, surrounded by towering sand dunes and lush vegetation, and take breaks to explore the park’s pristine beaches and coastal dune lakes.

4. Deer Lake State Park Trail

Experience the tranquil beauty of Deer Lake State Park as you cycle through its captivating trail. This trail offers glimpses of the rare coastal dune lakes, as well as stunning views of the surrounding pine forests and sparkling waters. Remember to bring your camera for memorable photo opportunities.

5. Eastern Lake Trail

Nestled near Eastern Lake, this trail offers a serene and secluded biking experience. Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of the coastal dune

In sum, if you’re wondering if biking on 30A is worth it, then the answer is emphatically, resoundingly, most assuredly “yes.” Happy (bike) trails!

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