How To Run Your Way Through Tybee Island
Any given day, you can catch locals and visitors trotting along the paths and over the waterways surrounding Tybee Island. For runners — beginners and aficionados alike — looking for a change of scenery, Tybee offers a little something for everyone.
First, and most obviously, the scenery is beautiful. While little compares to Savannah’s moss-draped oaks, Tybee’s lush flora, ocean views, riverside vistas and charming cottages place it amongst the most relaxing runs in the area. Runners can choose from a variety of paths and have a completely different experience every day. Moderate temperatures make the quiet winter seasons the perfect time to tighten your laces and head off to enjoy the landscape.
For the intermediate runner, McQueen’s Island Trail is the perfect option. This six-mile trail has river and wildlife scenery. The trail parallels the Savannah River, and the soft gravel is perfect for both runners and cyclists. Tybee Island is a few miles east of the trail, so after a long run, you’re only a quick trip from a swim in the ocean.
Next, Tybee offers diversity for the full spectrum of running enthusiasts. Just starting out? From end to end, Butler Avenue is just less than 2 miles. Take off at the curve and trot down to the south end for a simple run that will still leave you feeling accomplished. This course leaves you right at the edge of the ocean and near many restaurants ready to serve up a classic Tybee recovery snack. If you’re not feeling up for round two, call up Island Hoppers for a swift trip back to your start.
For runners looking for a bit of a challenge, the beach is where you want to be. By far the most difficult run on the island, the beach requires runners to work a little harder to make their way through the sand.
Whether you’re planning on testing your limits or just heading out for a casual jog, let Tybee’s gorgeous scenery break up your running routine.