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 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.