Bike Trails on Cape Cod

Cape Cod Bike Guide

Shining Sea Bikeway, Falmouth

The Shining Sea Bikeway (11.5 miles), dating from 1975, stretches between North Falmouth to Woods Hole in the southwestern corner of Cape Cod.

Canal Bikeway, Sandwich

It runs for approximately 7 – 8 miles between both Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.

Cape Cod National Seashore

There are three bike trails in the Cape Cod National Seashore: Nauset in Eastham, Head of the Meadow in Truro, and Province Lands in Provincetown.

The Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT)

The Cape Cod Rail Trail, is a paved bikeway that runs 25 miles from South Dennis to Wellfleet. The terrain is relatively flat with some minor grades in certain sections in the Lower / Outer Cape areas, specifically Orleans and Wellfleet. Short side trips on roads lead to several National seashore beaches. It easily offers the greatest variety in scenery and natural landscapes of all the regional bike paths.


Activites by Category

Island exploring
Martha’s Vineyard

Water sports
Parasailing – Dennis & South Yarmouth
Canoeing – Dennis Port
Kayaking – Dennis Port & West Dennis
Stand up paddle boarding – Dennis Port & West Dennis
Paddle boat – Dennis Port

Water tours
Barnstable Ecotour – Barnstable
Sailing – Hyannis & Nantucket
Hyannis Whale Watching Cruise – Barnstable
Hyannis Harbor Cruise – Hyannis
Bass River Cruise – West Dennis
Hyannis Duckmobile – Hyannis

Outer Cape Day Tour – car shuttle
Provincetown dune tour, National Seashore, Wellfleet Harbor

Cape Cod Rail Trail
Shining Sea Bikeway – Falmouth
Canal Bikeway – Sandwich
Bike paths – Nantucket
Bike paths – Martha’s Vineyard

Marsh & beach strolls
Long pasture – Barnstable
Great Island – Wellfleet

Miscellaneous activities
The Adventure Park – Sandwich
Mini-golf – Harwich & South Yarmouth
Chatham Fish pier – Chatham
Dancing – West Dennis
Night walking tour of Hyannis

Cape Codder Water Park (indoors) – Hyannis
Fresh water pond – Hathaway Pond – Barnstable

Falmouth Heights Beach – Falmouth
Silver Beach – Falmouth
Craigsville Beach – Hyannis
Veterans Park Beach – Hyannis
Kalmus Park Beach – Hyannis
Marconi Beach, Marconi Station Site – Wellfleet, National Seashore
Pamet Beach – Truro, National Seashore

John F Kennedy Museum– Hyannis
Cape Cod Maritime Museum – Hyannis
The Nantucket Whaling Museum – Nantucket
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center – Chatham
Wood’s Hole Science Aquarium – Woods Hole
Whydah Pirates Museum – West Yarmouth

Nantucket – Getting around

Ferry service between Nantucket and Hyannis Harbor

Hy-Line Cruises (private company) –
High speed ferry same day round trip: $77

Steamship Authority (public company) –
High speed ferry same day round trip: $50
Traditional (slow) ferry same day round trip: $37

Both ferry services are walking distance from the HI Hyannis Hostel Only Steamship Authority has a traditional (slow) ferry. The high speed ferry takes about 1 hour between the two ports. The traditional ferry takes about 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Getting around within Nantucket

Public Transportation

Nantucket Regional Transit Authority operates “The Wave”, a seasonal shuttle bus servicing multiple routes throughout the island, NRTA “The Wave” (Nantucket Regional Transit Authority) – Popular, inexpensive public bus system that gets you to the island’s major sites. Great way to get around the island.

Bike and vehicle rentals

Attention bikers – Island is 14 miles long by 3 ½ miles wide with predominantly smooth terrain (no hills!) and spectacular vistas. Twelve designated bike trails—over 32 miles of paths. Price of bikes average $30 per day

Nantucket Bike Shops – bicycles and scooters – 37 Straight Wharf – good bike path map available here –

Young’s Bicycle Shop – bicycles, cars & jeeps – 6 Broad Street – good bike path map available here –

Affordable Rentals – cars, jeeps, mopeds – 6 South Beach Street –

Nantucket Island Tours

Live, narrated tour of the island with one stop overlooking historic Sankaty Head Lighthouse. $25 for 1 ¼ hour.

Nantucket Island Information

The island of Nantucket

Nantucket Island is 30 miles south of Cape Cod. The island is 14 miles long by 3 ½ miles wide. It is one of the two major islands of “The Cape and Islands” (the other being Martha’s Vineyard) and is accessible only by boat and air.

Nantucket Town and harbor is where most of the island’s population lives. Nantucket has a rich maritime history. Nantucket Boat Basin is the premiere destination for New England-area sailors and yacht captains. Stroll along Nantucket Town’s cobbled stoned main street and down the picturesque wharves. The charming seaside village of Siasconset (called ‘Sconset by islanders) on the island’s southwestern side has picturesque streets alongside a stunning, sandy beach.

Nantucket has changed from a near-hundred year reign as Whaling Capital of the World to a premiere summer resort. It is a wonderful destination with magnificent beaches, numerous well-groomed bicycle paths, charming scenery and good shopping and dining. The island has been an art colony since the 1920s.

Nantucket Island’s original Native American inhabitants, the Wampanoag people, lived undisturbed for centuries. Settlement by the British began in earnest by 1659. In the pre-1672 colony, a whale entered the harbor and was pursued and killed by the settlers. This event started the Nantucket whaling industry.

By 1850, whaling was in decline. As a result of depopulation, the island was left under-developed and isolated until the mid-20th century. The isolation kept many of the pre-Civil War buildings intact. By the 1950s, developers created an upmarket destination for wealthy people in the Northeastern United States, by restoring many of these buildings, among other things.

Nantucket Town is designated a National Historic Landmark District, being the “finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th- and early 19th-century New England seaport town”.

Highlights of Nantucket Town

Nantucket Town and Harbor

The Nantucket Whaling Museum – 15 Broad Street
This outstanding museum illuminates the stories of Nantucket’s people over four centuries. Rooftop observation deck Price varies

Historic walking tours:
– Guided historic walking tours depart from the Whaling Museum twice daily. Price $10
– A self-guided (free) Historic Walking Tour is available in pamphlet form. Visit the Nantucket Visitor’s Center for a pamphlet at 0 Main Street, Nantucket Town.

Sail aboard the Friendship Sloop Endeavor – Established in 1982, this United States Coast Guard certified vessel, is the largest operating sailing charter on Nantucket. It is docked at Straight Wharf, a short walk from the ferry landings. $45 for 1 1 /2 hour sail. 508-228-5585 (call for schedule)

Highlights of Siasconset Village

Siasconset –

From Nantucket Town, ride a bike 7 miles or take The Wave bus to the village square. Here you will find the Sconset Cafe, Claudette’s Sandwiches, and the local Siasconset Market. To the right of Claudette’s is the downhill road to the pristine beach, about 100 yards away. At the square, walk or ride toward the beach (not the road down to the beach) to see a row of 18th/19th century quaint cottages overlooking the ocean. There are also other streets with charming homes you may want to see.

Beaches of Nantucket Island

Vast stretch of stunning natural beaches around the island are open and free to the public. The coastline is ever-changing – shifting with the sands. For a map of Nantucket beach areas visit:

Jettie Beach
A wonderful sunbathing beach about a mile from town. Ride a bike, walk, or take the public bus which departs regularly in front of the Whaling Museum. A historic lighthouse is visible along the way. Have a great lunch at the Jettie Sand Bar right at the beach.
Steps Beach –
Next to Jettie Beach there are many steep steps down to the beach. Here you will see beautiful views of Nantucket Sound and Great Point.

Madaket Beach
The summer colony of Madaket has a secluded and peaceful harbor and beautiful beach with one shop and restaurant. Madaket was where the first European settlers of Nantucket landed in 1659 and quickly set about “procuring” land from the resident Wampanoag Indians. In the following centuries the area served as a farming and fishing community, until modern transportation transformed it into an idyllic vacation spot in the mid-1900s. Easily reachable by bike on paved bike path from Nantucket Town or the Wave public bus

Surfside Beach
On the south side of the island, Surfside Beach is a beautiful, wide beach. Take the lovely, flat 3 1/2 mile bike ride from Nantucket Town or ride the Wave public bus.

Falmouth Woods Hole Bike Ride

Bike the Shining Sea Bikeway between Falmouth and Woods Hole
(20 mileswest of Hyannis)

Shining Sea Bikeway

The Shining Sea Bikeway (11.5 miles), dating from 1975, stretches between North Falmouth to Woods Hole in the southwestern corner of Cape Cod. It follows a former railroad route across an ancient coastal plane. It weaves through a natural setting from woodlands, marsh, swamp and salt ponds and along cranberry bogs and beaches. Stunning!

Choose from the following rides along the Shining Sea Bikeway between Woods Hole and North Falmouth:
1) Entire bikeway between Woods Hole and North Falmouth, 11.5 miles (23 miles round trip)
2) Falmouth Village to Woods Hole, 3.5 mile (7 miles round trip) – easiest route
3) Falmouth Village to North Falmouth, 8 miles (16 round trip)

Bike rental in Falmouth – Corner Cycle – $17 per day, return same place

Beach visits

– Old Silver Beach just off bike path between Falmouth and North Falmouth
– Falmouth Heights Beach, Falmouth – suggest a visit on the way back to Hyannis after bikeride

Introducing the seaside towns of Falmouth & Woods Hole

Woods Hole

The picturesque town of Woods Hole is a terminal for ferries to Martha’s Vineyard. The seaside town contains several scientific organizations such as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), the Woods Hole Research Center, NOAA’s Woods Hole Science Aquarium. We suggest a visit to the Acquarium. Focused solely on local waters, this small but impressive aquarium dates to 1871. Seal feeding is 11pm & 4pm. Free

We also recommend a stop at the Pie in the Sky Bakery and Cafe, a favorite of the locals since 1982

Falmouth village – stroll the Village Green where members of the Colonial militia practiced in the 1700s and sea captains built their homes.



We will pool cars (approximate cost $10 per person)

Estimated expenses:
Gas estimate: $10 (car pooling)
Snacks & Misc. (fun) expenses: $20
Packed lunch – free (provided by ASCSA)

To bring:
Bike (optional) – determined by how many bikes are available in our group and how many can be carried on a
bike rack of the car(s) going on this excursion
Swimming attire
Wind breaker
Packed lunch
Sun screen

Cape Cod Canal Bike Ride, Canal Museum & Beach


Activities included on the Cape Cod Canal bike ride (at Sandwich)

– Bike on the Canal Bikeway – It runs for approximately 7 – 8 miles between both Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.

– Hike along the Canal from the Visitor Center to the mouth of the Canal and enjoy an inviting beach where you can swim.

– Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center and Museum. Enjoy a 46-seat theater showing continuous DVD presentations on Canal History, as well as a variety of interactive exhibits.
Location: Cape side of canal, 60 Ed Moffitt Drive, Sandwich MA : (508) 833-9678
Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily May 1 – Oct. 30. Free Admission

– The Shipwreck Ice Cream Shop – 2 Freezer Rd., Sandwich


An artificial waterway in the state of Massachusetts which connects Cape Cod Bay in the north to Buzzards Bay in the south. It is operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers since 1928.

Martha’s Vineyard Tour

The Island of Martha’s Vineyard


Websites: (Martha’s Vineyard online) (Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce) Martha’s Vineyard Regional Transit Authority (local public bus system)

Price of Hy-Line boat round trip to Oak Blufs, Martha’s Vinyard, from Hyannis: $59 ($52 with AAA discount)
Public bus on island – $1.25 per ride

About Martha’s Vineyard

Often called just “The Vineyard”, the island has a land area of 100 square miles. The island is primarily known as a summer colony, and is accessible only by boat and air.
Like the nearby island of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard was brought to prominence in the 19th century by the whaling industry, during which ships were sent around the world to hunt whales for their oil and blubber.

Martha’s Vineyard is home to six towns each of which has a distinctive personality. The three ‘down-island’ towns, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven are busy places with great shopping dining and other attractions. Each is served by seasonal or year round ferry and are therefore the most frequently visited. The towns of West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah are smaller and the surrounding countryside is decidedly rural. The active fishing port of Menemsha (in the town of Chilmark) and the Gay Head Cliffs (in Aquinnah) are some of this areas prime attractions

Martha’s Vineyard is surrounded by beaches. The South Shore borders the Atlantic; beaches on the Vineyard & Nantucket Sounds (North Shore) and inlets offer calmer waters. Farmer’s markets and farm stands, Island crafts, boutiques, gift shops, and antique stores line the downtown streets along with art galleries, a pottery studio and a glass works.

Explore the Island’s 100 square miles, by car, bike, our local bus system, tour bus or taxi. You will find these options all located near to incoming ferry terminals. Bus and private tours of the Island are a great way to explore Martha’s Vineyard. Public bus between Oak Bluffs (where the Hyannis Ferry comes in) and Edgartown leaves approximately every half hour.

Oak Bluffs Highlights

Stroll Oak Bluff’s historic down harbor area and enjoy shops, art galleries and home made ice cream. Walk to lovely beaches.

Tabernacle square – Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

A National Historic landmark and religious community since 1835. The Tabernacle was declared a Save America’s Treasures project on July 28, 2000
Visit the cottage museum & shop.

The grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association (MVCMA), formerly known as “Wesleyan Grove,” are historically significant for several reasons: These include the carefully recorded historic connection with the religious “campmeeting” movement of the early 19th century, the unique layout of the grounds emulated by many post Civil War campmeeting sites, the original architectural form of the “Martha’s Vineyard” cottages built between 1859-1880, the unique iron Tabernacle erected in 1879 and the area’s remarkable state of preservation.

Edgartown Highlights

Stroll to historic Edgartown harbor from the town bus stop (about 15 minutes). Pick up a seafood sandwich at the take out window of The Quarterdeck in Edgartown harbor. Eat at the Chappaquidick Island overlook

Chappaquidick Island

Chappaquiddick Island, colloquially known as “Chappy”, is a part of the town of Edgartown. It is a small peninsula and occasional island on the eastern end of Martha’s Vineyard. Ferry $4 round trip. Take this picturesque ferry for good swimming beaches with great views of Edgartown harbor.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Address: 59 School St., Edgartown; Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays

Relive Vineyard history as you tour the twelve exhibit rooms, each one examining a different period in the Islands past. There are also exhibits featuring a whaleboat and hand-pumped fire engine used 1854-1925, American Indian and oral history exhibits, plus, Huntington Research Library, the island’s main historical library and reference center. $6.