Cape Cod is unspoiled and naturally beautiful and can be a wonderful experience by bike.
You pass through villages that cherish simplicity and their seafaring heritage, while offering the bike traveler many modern conveniences.
On the Lower Cape Cod or Outer Cape Cod as the dunes area is called, bike trails lead to lighthouses, windmills, nature preserves, golf courses, museums, a winery, art colonies, an airport, and campgrounds. All are just a short walk or ride from the paved bike trails that run parallel to the stretch of beach where, in 1849, Thoreau walked for nearly thirty miles.
Biking on Cape cod is the best way to experience the freedom of the Cape Cod Dunes, a sea-bound peninsula called the Outer Cape.
The dunes offer the biker miles of beach freedom where you bike away from the roads and bike between the beaches.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail , a former railroad bed now turned bicycle path, and the Nauset Dune Trail, a system that winds through Beach forest and high dunes, together contain over fifty miles of off-road bicycle trails.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a largely off-road trail that travels for over 25 miles, winding through Brewster's Nickerson State Park, and then through Orleans’s Rock Harbor and on to Eastham and The Cape Cod National Sea Shore’s Salt Pond Visitors Center. At the center, you can continue to the windward Nauset Shore of high dunes and heather. The Trail continues North and comes to its end at Lecount Hollow in the town of Wellfleet. At several places along the way, there is ample parking, if one chooses not to travel the entire 25 miles by bicycle.
From the end of the Rail Trail at Lecount Hollow, a short drive towards Provincetown will bring you to the Nauset Dunes trail system, with its paved paths through the dunes and along the beach at the very tip of Cape Cod.
Try some seafood on your journey at Rock Harbor, the small port on The Cape Cod Bay side or inner crook of the elbow of Cape Cod. Captain Cass’s Rock Harbor Seafood Restaurant and Young’s Fish Market, dine in or get local steamer clams and fresh cooked Lobster to go.
Rock Harbor’s sport fishing fleet comes in twice a day with catches of Striped Bass, Bluefish, Mackerel, Tuna, Sharks, Flounder, Fluke and Cod.
Writer and naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, passed through here in 1849, journalizing with his rich descriptions of this place of treeless solitude. To this day, a barren starkness prevails on the high Nauset dunes, just as Thoreau described it in his journal, Cape Cod. (Text, Cape Cod) The relentless sea has reclaimed several hundred feet of the Nauset-side cliffs and dunes since Thoreau’s time, but one can still walk as Thoreau did, on over twenty-five miles of unobstructed beach, from Eastham to far distant Provincetown’s Race Point.
For those that want warm water and small waves, two quiet beaches are a little more than a mile from the Rail Trail. Follow Skaket Beach Road in Orleans to the end and find a quarter-mile granular sand beach . To the right, as you face the ocean, you can find privacy in the grass and dune area near the stream outlet.
A favorite local pastime is to enter the creek on the out-going tide and let the current carry you out along the beach. The water is shallow for a half mile, with the flats totally uncovering at low tide. These sand flats produce the delicious white steamer clams found at Young’s Fish Market in Rock Harbor.
Further North along the Rail Trail you will come to Eastham and find another secluded beach, First Encounter Beach.
Bike to Coast Guard Beach from the Salt Pond Visitors Center
Bike to Highland Light
Cape Cod Biking can be over Dunes trails and Rail Trails to the Beaches, located near the trails This makes the Cape a great weekend or summer family vacation place.
Paved bike trails through the dunes and forests make Cape Cod a place of Safe Biking.
On a mile or so of low dune Marsh Grass and beach with Terns, Red Tailed Hawk and many other shore and marsh On a mile or so of low dune Marsh Grass and beach with birds soar and flit over the Heather and Beach Grass. the outlet of Herring Brook at the end, Plovers, Herons, Tidal pools are alive with the drama of Hermit Crabs, snails, Fiddler Crabs, and tiny fish scurrying through their daily routine. Finding a private place to read, write, or just plain snooze should be no problem here even on a summer weekend.
The Provincelands trail starts at Herring Cove Beach
The network of bike trails connect to Herring Cove Beach on the tip of Cape Cod. Many folks snooze in beach chairs while lazily surf fishing for the lunker Striped Bass that feed along the shore. From the parking lot adjacent to the beach, the bike trail extends into the Provinceland Dunes, connecting with the Beach Forest Bike Trail and The Race Point Trail. Both of these trailheads have large public parking lots.
This unspoiled land changes with the winds as they restlessly rearrange the hummocks and tufts as if preparing each day for special guests. The elemental forces of nature in this raw land are never far from view.
No better way to see all than on a bicycle.
Herring Cove Beach
Ice cream stop Cape Cod Bike Trail
Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown
Johnathan Young Windmill, Orleans
Cape Cod Biking, Dunes Trails Rail Trails
Cape Cod Biking, the Provincelands Dunes Trail in Provincetown.
Cape Cod Rail Trails
Cape Beaches, sea shores, and the dunes located near the bike trails make the Cape a family vacation place.
The Paved bike trails through the dunes and forests offer safe, off-road Biking and back road biking.
Cape Cod offers rental houses, cottages by the shore, B&Bs in the villages, historic inns, and resort packages that put the biking and all the attractions nearby.
All inclusive golf packages are popular on the Cape's four season courses.
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Back roads for biking reach Nauset Beach and the trails over the dunes to the shore.
Find the beach not far from Orleans Center
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Bike to the Peneman House in Eastham and continue to the walking trails above the Nauset Dunes
Bike to First Encounter Beach from the Rail Trail in Eastham.