Are you ready to get outdoors? The weather is finally getting warmer, and the scenic Cape Cod seashore is just waiting for your next visit. We all like to kick back and relax on vacation, but there are so many incredible bike paths to explore in Cape Cod. These paths will help you truly explore the seashore. Plus who doesn’t love gorgeous views? To learn more, read on to check out the best scenic bike trails to explore Cape Cod, MA.
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Bike Trails in Cape Cod, MA
Cape Cod has several bike paths that are not only scenic but very well-maintained. Biking is the perfect budget-friendly activity to try in Cape Cod. Whether you are solo, coupled up, or exploring with family, you will have a wonderful time. If you don’t have a bike, then you can easily rent one! There are numerous bike shops in the area to rent bikes.
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1. Shining Sea Bikeway
Distance: 10.7 Miles
This trail begins at the Depot Road trailhead along County Road in Falmouth and then concludes in Wood’s Hole. The Shining Sea Bikeway is a historical trail because it follows the original Old Colony railroad created in 1872. As you travel along the 10.7-mile route, you will bike through various landscapes such as wooded areas, marshes, cranberry bogs, and then after the 8.5-mile mark, you will have stunning views of the Atlantic ocean.
The trail is paved but does have occasional higher grades and occasional street crossings. Be aware of your surroundings when biking near cars. Once you reach Wood’s Hole, you could stop for lunch or if you aren’t quite tired yet, take the ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket!
Parking & Beginning of Bike Path:
Depot Rd, North Falmouth, MA 02556
II. Cape Cod Rail Trail
Distance: 27.5 Miles
Note that they are working on extending the trail. Check for trail closures via their website.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) extends from South Yarmouth to South Wellfleet. You can enjoy relatively flat and paved terrain with some elevated sections near Wellfleet and Orleans. This is another historical trail as it follows the original Cape Cod Central Railroad, completed in 1865. The CCRT includes wooded areas, parks, bridges, ocean views, and charming coastal towns. Be aware that this route does include road crossings. The view of the dunes and ocean in Wellfleet is worth the venture!
Parking & Beginning of Bike Path:
505 Main St, South Dennis, MA 02660
III. Cape Cod Canal Bikeway
Distance: 14.1 Miles (out and back)
The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway begins at Bourne Bridge and ends at Sagamore Bridge near Scusset Beach. The terrain is very flat concrete which makes it a popular spot for cyclists, walkers, runners, and inline skaters. It is divided by a yellow line to allow for a two-way flow of traffic. The other perk of this bike path is that you can enjoy the view of the boats and fishermen along the canal. Due to its popularity, this path can get crowded so be mindful of bike etiquette.
Parking & Beginning of Bike Path
21 Bourne Bridge, Bourne, MA 02532
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