Cape Cod Biking takes you through some Unspoiled and naturally beautiful landscapes and through tiny villages where the people still cherish their seafaring heritage.
The villages along the trails offer bike rental shops, lighthouses, antique windmills, nature preserves, golf courses, art and history museums, a winery, art colonies, an airport with sightseeing flights, and campgrounds.
There is no better way to experience the freedom of Cape Cod than on a bicycle.
On the Outer Cape for instance, you can peddle your way between Coast Guard Beach, Skaket Beach, and New Encounter Beach, on mostly flat paved trails with a few sections of on-road biking. Parking at the Salt Pond Visitor's Center is free.
A drive north towards Provincetown brings you to Highland light and the Province Lands beaches and Dunes trails.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail, the former railroad bed now turned bicycle path, and the Nauset Dunes Trail, (some hills) a system that winds through Beach forest and high dunes near Provincetown/Race Point, together contain over fifty miles of off-road bicycle and walking trails.(wheel chair and stroller access)
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a largely off-road trail that travels for over 25 miles through Brewster's Nickerson State Park and then through Orleans’s Rock Harbor (on Road) and on to Eastham (off -Road) and The Cape Cod National Sea Shore’s Salt Pond Visitors Center. At the center, you can continue to the windward Nauset Shore(one hill) by bike or head north to the end of the trail at Lecount Hollow in the town of Wellfleet. At several places along the way, there is ample parking, if you chooses not to travel the entire 25 miles by bicycle.
Bike Trails on Outer Cape Cod
From the end of the Rail Trail at Lecount Hollow, a short drive towards Provincetown will bring you to the Nauset Dunes bike trail system, with its paved bicycle paths through the dunes and along the beach at the very tip of Cape Cod. (some small hills)
If you want to try some seafood on your bike trip,the Cape Cod Rail Trail goes through Rock Harbor in Orleans, the small port on The Cape Cod Bay side At Captain Cass’s Rock Harbor Seafood Restaurant and Young’s Fish Market you can get local steamer clams and fresh cooked Lobster to go or have them in at Capt Cass.
Rock Harbor’s sport fishing fleet comes in twice a day with catches of Striped Bass, Bluefish, Mackerel, Tuna, Sharks, Flounder, Fluke and Cod, an exciting break in the bike trip.
1849, writing detailed descriptions of the lower Cape's treeless solitude. To this day, a barren starkness prevails on the high Nauset dunes, just as Thoreau described it in his journal, Cape Cod. (Click Here for 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 to bike to a beach and return to the leisurely childhood beach days of warm water and small waves, two quiet beaches are a little more than a mile from the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Follow Skaket Beach Road in Orleans to the end and find a quarter-mile granular sand beach bordered by rose dunes and American Beach Grass with a carpet of Eelgrass at the tide line. To the right, as you face the ocean, you can find privacy in the grass and dune area near the stream outlet.
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, this one named for the less than cordial first meeting in 1620, between the Pilgrims of Miles Standish and the resident native population: First Encounter Beach.
Coast Guard Beach
Cape Cod Rail Trails To the Beach
On the paved trails built where the old railroads once traveled, you can ride your bike in the natural landscapes of Cape Cod and reach the warm water beaches at Skaket, Orleans, and First Encounter Beach in Eastham
Bicycle on Paved Bike Trails to the Beaches of Cape Cod
Bike Trails on Cape Cod can be the Rail Trails, former rail lines, and Cape Cod Dune Trails, paved trails built through the Cape Cod sand dunes
On a mile or so of low dune Marsh Grass and beach with the outlet of Herring Brook at the end, Plovers, Herons, Terns, Red Tailed Hawk and many other shore and marsh birds soar and flit over the Heather and Beach Grass. 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.
Herring Cove Beach
Herring Cove Beach
Ice cream stop Cape Cod Bike Trail
Nauset Beach, Orleans
The network of bike trails includes 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 Trail and The Race Point Bike Trail. Both of these trailheads have large public parking lots.
This unspoiled land changes with the winds that 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.
Johnathan Young Windmill, Orleans
Cape Cod Biking, Bike Trails to the Beaches
and Dunes of Cape Cod
Cape Cod Bike Trails offer family fun on off-road trails for the mountain bike, trail bike, baby stroller or wheel chair.
The Cape Cod Rail Trails offer about fifty miles of safe family fun along the shores of Cape Cod Bay and Buzzards Bay. The warm water beaches of Cape Cod Bay are not far from the trail in Eastham and Orleans
Cape Cod Bike trails info Bob Whitworth, Info and photos
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Getting to Cape Cod: Boston is the nearest large city to Cape Cod.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route 93 to Route 3 and after 60 miles, cross the Cape Cod Canal. Continue on Route 6 for all locations on Cape Cod or go to Route 6A for the slower scenic route through the villages. Routes 6 and 6A join in Orleans and go to the tip of Cape Cod.
Several small commuter airlines serve Hyannis Airport and Provincetown Airport on Cape Cod from Boston, Providence, and New Bedford. Cape Air, US Airways Express, and Linear Air (Hanscom Field Bedford Ma)
Bus service is available from Boston and from Logan Airport. Plymouth and Brockton, Logan Direct serves Hyannis
Bonanza Bus Lines serves Bourne, Falmouth, and the Wood's Hole ferry from Logan Airport
Passenger Boats leave daily from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod (May -September) at Provincetown. Bicycles can go aboard.
A fast cat boat and a slower conventional passenger boat make trips from Boston. Bicycles permitted
A passenger boat makes a daily run from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown.
Fifteen large towns and many small villages make up Cape Cod.
Upper Cape: Along the Cape Cod Canal, the towns of Bourne and Sandwich define the northern limit of the upper Cape
Mid Cape includes Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis. The mid Cap is where you will find Hyannis Airport
Lower Cape includes Brewster, Harwich, and Chatham.
Outer Cape starts in Orleans and includes Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
Cape Cod biking is through the dunes to the Beaches on paved trails where the railroads once traveled.
Cape Cod Biking to the Beaches
Cape Cod Biking on the Rail Trails leads to the Beach and Dunes at Rock Harbor Orleans, Cape Cod
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First Encounter beach offers warm water and small waves within Cape Cod Bay