Discover the Best Biking Communities
When you think about retirement, do you visualize riding a bike in a t-shirt on a sunny day? Many people do, and great news: there are many communities that are built for people with this vision.
Why choose a great biking destination for retirement?
For those who love an active lifestyle, finding a retirement destination where you can ride your bike is often a priority. There are people who like to ride their bike to the park, or the grocery store with a basket on the front of your beach cruiser. Then, there are people who love recreational road cycling—longer rides and beautiful views on paved roads. Last but not least, there’s gravel biking or mountain biking, both for the real adventurous retiree who’s looking for a good workout. No matter which camp you fall into, finding a retirement destination that’s prime for biking can make a big difference in your daily lifestyle.
Thankfully, you can find great bike towns all over the country. Key West in Florida is a great biking destination where you barely need a car to get around. Gainesville, Florida, is also very bike-friendly with great weather and dedicated bike boulevards separate from roads. Tempe, Arizona, is also known for their biking infrastructure efforts, as they’re creating bike underpasses for intersections allowing bikers to get across roads without ever being near a crossing car.
What other benefits do biking destinations bring?
If you love cycling, you already know what benefits it brings you: it makes you happy, keeps you fit, lets you explore the great outdoors, and even gets you from place to place. But there are many other benefits you can get from retiring in a biking-friendly destination.
- Endless ride options: When you’re in a destination that’s prime for biking, you’ll have plenty of rides to choose from when you want to get out there. You’re not limited to one or two paths—there are usually 10+ options to choose from.
- Safety first: When you’re in a place where biking is a priority, you’ll find you feel safer. This means well-maintained biking trails and paths, green paths alongside the road, and a population that respects bikers will share the road.
- Cheap transportation: When you’re riding a bike to the grocery store or to the park, you’re saving on gas—great for the environment and your wallet.
- Active lifestyle: Those who retire in places with great biking can easily stay active and healthy. You’re surrounded by others who love to get out on the bike path, and you can find others to ride with so you’re never on your own.
- Weather of your choice: When you’re biking, the best weather is mild—so you’ve got your choice of options along the mild coastal states.,
Ready to get cycling?
Ready to hop on your bike? We’ve collected the best retirement communities for those who love to ride their bikes. Browse the options below to see what’s out there. When you find a community you like, use the information request form to contact a local representative. You can ask questions, chat with neighbors who bike there, and get a feel for it. If there’s a location in particular that interests you, use the filtering options on the left to narrow down and find the tennis community you’re looking for.
Research and Explore the Best Biking Communities
Click to explore the following biking communities. Request information from multiple communities by selecting the checkboxes to the right and completing the form below.
Galloway Ridge is a community with new low maintenance villa-style homes in Cave Creek, Arizona. Located near shopping centers, picturesque golf courses and equal distance between the I-17 & Loop 101, it features a community pool and barbecue pavilion. The location is ideal for someone who enjoys easy access to dining, boutique shopping and nightlife. The town of Cave Creek offers many events throughout the year. You’ll love the spectacular desert landscape and nearby hiking trails.
David Weekley’s first 55+ active adult community is coming soon to the brand new, master-planned community of The Highlands! Located in Porter, TX, The Highlands is dedicated to everything you know and love about home and nature. The Highlands is a 2,300-acre exploration of natural beauty and will be built to take full advantage of its densely forested, national park-like setting. David Weekley’ section in The Highlands – Encore will feature 45- and 55-foot, single-story homesites along with top-quality construction, open-concept livability and a splendid Montgomery County location near shopping, dining and entertainment. In The Highlands, you’ll soon experience the best in Design, Choice and Service from one of Houston’s top home builders as well as a variety of amenities, including:
• Lifestyle Director to schedule activities
• 55+ clubhouse
• 18-hole golf course and tennis courts
• Hiking, biking and adventure trail system along the San Jacinto River
• Event lawn and pavilion, recreation field and playgrounds
• Acres of parks, greenspaces and onsite lakes for fishing and kayaking
• Waterpark with lazy river
K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Victory at Verrado, AZ offers single-family new homes in a beautiful desert setting with a wide variety of community amenities. Choose from six designs of spacious and open, quality-built single-story homes.
Fairfield Glade is perched high atop the Cumberland Plateau, and offers serene mountain beauty as it sits on the highest point between the Rocky and Smoky Mountains. One of the favorite features of this area is the moderate year round temperatures. The pleasant summer days and the cool summer nights can be attributed to the Cumberland Plateau’s 2,000-foot-elevation, allowing for more comfortable temperatures and much lower humidity than most areas of the south.
What to do with all the fabulous weather and beautiful scenery? Golfing, boating, fishing, hiking, walking, swimming, tennis/pickleball-the list of fun activities available is simply endless! Plus, an outdoor amphitheater and biergarten just opened to host live music, movies, food and community events – it’s a great gathering place for neighbors to come together.
The community offers multiple subdivisions with a wide range of home sizes, price ranges, and views that include mountain, lake, golf and protected woodlands. Another attribute is the incredible cost of living in Fairfield Glade – no state income tax on wages, very reasonable home prices, and extremely low property taxes and club dues.
Fairfield Glade is just 6 miles from the city limits of Crossville, a small town, but bustling with activities. Crossville’s central location on Interstate 40 has made it a hub for many outlying areas and has given rise to a booming retail environment, offering shopping, dining and entertainment choices. The community is also located right off I-40, less than an hour from Knoxville, and an hour and a half from either Nashville or Chattanooga.
“We’ve experienced idyllic locations, having lived in Carmel, California for 17 years and having lived and traveled all over the country. But we knew the first time we visited Fairfield Glade, this was the place for us. We just fell in love with the architecture, the lot sizes, of course the weather and cost of living (what’s not to love). But most of all what brought us back was the friendliness of the people here.” Ron and June Levora
Fairfield Glade has 11 lakes and two marinas.
Kingfish Bay is resort-style community with a Caribbean flare located in the quaint coastal town of Calabash, NC. The development design meanders through 62 acres of natural waterfront property, creating a tropical-themed, private-gated community consisting of bungalow homes, cottages, courtyard homes, and custom single-family homes.
Set along the banks of the Calabash River, approximately one-third of the property is maintained in its natural state. Two piers with pavilions and day docks are provided with direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway. A waterfront park with fire pits and palm trees with hammocks are available for the residents’ enjoyment, as well as nature trails with fitness stations. Fostering a sense of “community by design”, Kingfish Bay also offers a community center with clubhouse, fitness center, and resort-style pool with bath house. An exclusive oceanfront clubhouse on Sunset Beach is now under construction and due to open in June 2019.
Kingfish Bay is located within walking distance of downtown Calabash, a delightful waterfront destination known as the “Seafood Capital of the World” for it’s numerous casual-dining restaurants and boutique shopping.
K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay, a 55-plus active lifestyle community in Summerville, South Carolina, is centered on an expansive 300-acre lake system that is ideal for a variety of activities, such as fishing, boating, kayaking, walking and bird watching. The community’s spectacular clubhouse offers resort-style amenities that are second-to-none: two zero-entry outdoor saline pools, including a dedicated children’s pool; an indoor saline pool with lap lanes; a state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio offering fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates; a grand ballroom with a stage, seating for up to 300 and a demonstration/catering kitchen; a social lounge; a game room with billiards and card tables; bocce, pickleball and tennis courts; a lakeside amphitheater, and more. Homeowners in this inviting, parklike setting enjoy 24-hour gated security via a manned security gatehouse, as well as convenient access to area shopping, schools, recreation, dining, prestigious medical facilities, I-95, I-26 and Charleston International Airport. Live the Lake Life at Lakes of Cane Bay and experience the unsurpassed lifestyle you deserve.
Carolina Gardens is Fuquay-Varina’s premier 55+ active adult community by Del Webb in Southwest Wake County. Situated near NC 55, US 401 and the future I-540, Carolina Gardens is a few minutes from downtown Fuquay with breweries, boutique shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Residents will also enjoy nearby Holly Springs with new UNC Rex medical centers, dining, shopping and grocery stores.
There are 11 new ranch consumer inspired home designs within a maintenance free living environment – 9 of the plans are modeled and open daily for touring. Homes have options for up to 5 bedrooms, loft and flex spaces and 3 car garages.
Coming soon amenities are resort style and include a 20,500 square foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, yoga studio, pickleball, bocce ball, tennis court, dog park, community garden, walking trails and pocket parks. The community has an onsite lifestyle director with social clubs, events and classes scheduled daily. HOA dues include Spectrum cable TV and high speed internet.
Located on the TN/GA Line in Lookout Mountain, GA. Retreat to Home at The Cottages at Brow Wood while immersing in breathtaking mountain views, indulging in the local southern hospitality, and embracing the city’s historic culture. Offering the comfort and convenience of a low maintenance lifestyle, The Cottages of Brow Wood allow you to explore and enjoy the whimsical sights of Lookout Mountain. Just a short 20-minute drive from Chattanooga, every courtyard cottage includes low maintenance living equipped with energy efficient features to help lower your energy bills. Each one level living home features a minimum of 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths with the flexibility to expand to the second level: adding a bonus room or third bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in storage. These open concept plans are perfect for entertaining guests and creating an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy your morning coffee from your gated-private courtyard and watch the sunset from your sunroom or backyard patio. Each floorplan has the creative flexibility to use the sunroom space as an office, sitting room, library – whatever you choose!
Just a few miles away, enjoy golf and swimming at the Lookout Mountain Club; walk or hike Lula Lake’s 8,000-acre Land Trust & Trails; and relish in the local shopping & dining along Scenic Highway. Nearby Rock City offers spectacular sights with unique rock formations and gardens that are open to the public year-round. Additionally, Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga’s top-rated attractions include Ruby Falls, Cloudland Canyon State Park, the Downtown Riverwalk, The Tennessee Aquarium, and the Incline Railroad; all of which help to encapsulate the natural beauty of the area. To learn more about this community or to set up your personalized appointment, please contact our Online Consultants at 423-226-3223 or goodallhomes.com/brow-wood.
Cresswind at PGA Village Verano is a 55+ gated neighborhood within the gates of PGA Village Verano. This age-restricted neighborhood features eighteen unique floorplans. Cresswind neighbors enjoy access to Club Talavera’s amenities including a 27,000 sq. ft. Social Center and 13,000 sq. ft. Fitness Center, as well as its own neighborhood pool and pool house. The social clubs and full-time Lifestyle Director make it easy to try new activities along with meeting your neighbors and lifelong friends.
PGA Village Verano neighbors the PGA Golf Club that includes three championship courses. Also, Cresswind homeowners have access to the PGA Village Verano Pickleball Center designed with 27 pickleball courts, the largest private pickleball complex in South Florida. Cresswind’s groundbreaking approach to home building ensures solid construction and maximum comfort with the least amount of worry possible. You’ll find quality brands adorning each model, with options to keep your home customized and complete. Ten designer-decorated model homes open daily.
Encore by David Weekley Homes will soon offer a new 55+ lifestyle community in Arlington. You will shortly be able to enjoy thoughtfully-designed one-story homes and bright, open floor plans. Elements at Viridian – Signature Series homes are situated on 45 and 50 foot homesites and will feature expanded Outdoor Living Areas for entertaining. Here, you can soon enjoy the home of your dreams, plus the lifestyle you’ve been looking for, including:
• Calendar full of activities planned by a Lifestyle Director
• Staying in prime shape on the miles of walking, hiking and biking trails
• Relaxing in the resort-style pools
• Gathering with friends at the amenity center’s lounge
• Fishing in the catch-and-release lakes
• Enjoying a friendly game on the putting greens, shuffleboard, bocce ball and tennis courts
Looking for the perfect lifestyle community for retirement or to raise your family? Keowee Key has more of what you love. Golf, tennis, fitness center, swimming, boating and pickleball are just a few of the amenities this active, gated, lakeside community offers.
Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Salem, SC, and surrounded by the pristine waters of Lake Keowee, Keowee Key is a 1,600-acre community carved out of a forest of hardwood and pines. You’ll find a wide variety of home styles and price points available in a natural setting with mild seasons and an abundance of local adventure.
All homes in Keowee Key are custom-built, including lakefront, mountain or golf-course views. For a maintenance-free lifestyle, you’ll find ample condominiums, town homes and cottages. Choose a lakefront home with private dock or use one of 5 community docks with 324 boat slips, pontoon and kayak rentals, and a supply store.
The challenging 18-hole, par 72 George Cobb Golf Course, features four tee boxes to match all skill levels. A clubhouse with award-winning chef, lakeside leisure trail, three swimming pools, and a dog park, contribute to Keowee Key’s country club lifestyle.
Located just 25 minutes west of Austin, lies the premiere master-planned community of Headwaters, offering new homes in Dripping Springs. Dramatic topography, stunning Hill Country views and miles of nature trails with breath-taking vistas are the hallmarks of this exceptional place. Here, homeowners enjoy a seamless blend of natural beauty and modern living both at home and in the community around them. Modern farmhouse-inspired homes line professionally landscaped streets while a sophisticated amenities center shines as the heart of the community.
Welcome to Chattanooga! If you are looking for big city attractions and small town views, you have come to the right place. Chattanooga is tucked between mountains and the beautiful Tennessee river, which makes for breathtaking scenery to enjoy as you stroll down the Riverwalk. Or, if you are more interested in some indoor entertainment, visit the Tennessee Aquarium or one of our many history museums. Either way, you will see why we chose Chattanooga as the newest destination for Goodall Homes.
Chattanooga Area Communities:
- • The Cottages at Brow Wood – Lookout Mountain, GA
- • Westview Crossing – Chattanooga, TN
- • The Highlands at Belleau Ridge – Ooltewah, TN
Plan your biking community visit
Don’t forget your helmet. The next step is to plan a visit to some biking retirement communities to get a feel for them. Several communities offer tours or will arrange for you to stay nearby to check it out. The best part about visiting? You can plan some morning rides while you’re there.