New trails set for day of biking, hiking, kayaking

Finally, a Grand Strand bike festival that doesn’t involve noise or traffic.

The Waccamaw Trail Blazers, a local group of mountain bikers looking to expand the sport in the South Carolina Lowcountry, is holding “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the recently completed biking trails in Conway.

In a cooperative effort between Coastal Carolina University, the International Mountain Biking Association’s Trail Care Crew and several local volunteer groups, the 2- to 3-mile stretch of trail runs through the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge near the Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area, where participants will park and start the ride.

The event is open to riders of all skill levels, with younger cyclists joined by experienced guides. All children must be accompanied by a parent, and adults are welcome to ride along. Participants are required to wear a helmet and closed-toe shoes. The event is free and those wishing to attend are asked to register at the group’s website, waccamawtrailblazers.com.

Biking isn’t the only mode of transportation planned for the new wildlife area on Saturday. Beginning at 9 a.m., an organized paddle will be held for kayakers down the Waccamaw River Blue Trail. The event is being hosted by Conway Kayak Tours and American Rivers.

The gathering also welcomes hikers and those who just want to get out for the day and check out the new trails. With temperatures forecast to drop into seasonable fall weather, what better way to spend the first day of October than biking, hiking, paddling or just relaxing by the river in the peace and quiet of nature?

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