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Biking on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
Cape Cod Rail Trail
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a paved bikeway, relatively flat, that runs 28 miles from South Dennis to Wellfleet. It offers cyclists beautiful scenery and natural Cape landscapes. The name stems from the old railroad right of way it follows, which used to transport passengers and freight to Cape Cod in the early 1800s until around 1960. The path passes through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. Ideal for cyclists, equestrians, walkers, in-line skaters and runners. Bicycle and rollerblade rentals can be found at many bike shops located right along the bike trail in Dennis, Brewster, Orleans and Wellfleet.
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Cape Cod Canal
This bike trail follows the Cape Cod Canal through sections of Bourne and Sagamore. It offers fantastic views of the canal's picturesque shoreline lined with lovely homes and full of boat traffic. It runs for approximately 7 - 8 miles between the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges. It is a nice, wide path with flat terrain, ideal for beginner to casual cyclists, especially families with younger children.
Trail details / Trail Map
Nickerson State Park
Nickerson's 1900 acres offers more than 400 campsites, including yurt camping, an amphitheater, eight miles of roads, hiking trails, an eight mile bike path that connects to the 22 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, and ponds stocked year-round with trout. It is ideal for cyclists and nature lovers of all ages.
Details about Nickerson State Park
Shining Sea Bikeway
The Shining Sea Bikeway was named for the line in the song “America The Beautiful”, written by Falmouth native Katharine Lee Bates. It was built on a former railroad right-of-way, and is level nearly the entire 10.7-mile distance. Entry to the bike path parking lot is off of Locust Road in Falmouth. The path follows the coast from Falmouth to Woods Hole, winding along the shoreline of Vineyard Sound with spectacular views. Ideal for casual and beginner cyclists.
Map of Shining Sea Bikeway
Cape Cod National Seashore
The Cape Cod National Seashore is a National park with an expansive coastline. It has three main paved bike trails within the park, including one at the Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro and the 5.45-mile Province Lands Trail in Provincetown.
National Seashore biking trails map
Town of Barnstable trails
There are many bike trails centrally located in the Mid Cape in Barnstable, the Cape's largest town. There are a number of conservation trails throughout the town. Trail maps and guides
Biking on Martha's Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard has 44 miles of bike paths and trails. Many visitors take the most popular route , “down island”, which runs from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs to Edgartown and back (roughly 25 miles round trip). The route is mostly flat and relatively easy. Riders looking for more of a challenge can bike "up-Island" to Chilmark and Aquinnah. The terrain is hilly in places and the roads are curvyFor comprehensive bike information and a map, go to the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce.
By Ferry and Bike
Martha’s Vineyard is a great place to leave your car behind and take your bicycle. Load your bike aboard any island-bound ferry for a modest fee. When you arrive, take your bike along any Vineyard Transit Authority bus. Remember bike capacity is limited.
Biking on Nantucket
There are more than 25 miles of bicycle paths on Nantucket. The island is just 3.5 miles wide by 14 miles long; cyclists looking for a challenge can cover the entire island in a day. Rent bikes at many in-town locations and at the airport. Some companies will even deliver bikes to your door. For details on Nantucket bike paths, maps, rentals and other information, go to www.WheelsHeelsAndPedals.com.
By Ferry and Bike
Take your bikes aboard any island-bound ferry for a small fee. Some airlines will allow you to carry on your bike, space permitting. Once on the Island, load your bike on The Shuttle bus and explore the island while taking in the exhilarating sea air. Map of Shuttles.