Parking for Bike Trails
On Outer Cape Cod as the dunes area is called, the Provinceland Dunes bike trail goes south near Race Point Lighthouse, towards the small airport.
The paved bike trail runs parallel to the beach.
The Rail Trail extends from Orleans to Provincetown.
Drive back south on Route 6 to Truro and find the Head of the Meadows Trail.
The Head of the Meadows Trail is a trail through woods and meadows with Free parking at the trail head lot.
- Head Of The Meadows Trail,
For those that want to bike to the warm water beaches on the protected side of the Lower Cape, two quiet beaches are a little more than a mile from the Rail Trail. After parking at Nickerson State Park or Rock Harbor you can follow Skaket Beach Road in Orleans to the end and find a quarter-mile granular sand beach . This is a paid lot for autos in season during the day.
Paid Parking at Coast Guard Beach. Free parking and access to coast Guard Beach from the Salt Pond Visitors Center
Free Parking at a small lot near Highland Light
Free Parking is available at many bike trail sites on Cape Cod's Outer Cape.
Head of The Meadows Trail, is a woods and dunes trail in Truro with Free Parking.
Free Parking at the Salt Pond Visitors Center in Eastham leads to The Nauset Trail, a woods and estuarine trail that connects the Cape Cod Rail Trail to Coast Guard Beach on the high dunes of the Atlantic side on Outer Cape.
There is paid parking for the Provincelands Dune Trail , pictured at right, a paved trail with few hills through a section of the outer Cape near the village of Provincetown, but otherwise much of the parking on the bike trails is free.
On this mile or so of low dune and beach with the outlet of Herring Brook at the end, you will find few people at First Encounter Beach even on a summer weekend.
Herring Cove Beach
Ice cream stop Cape Cod Bike Trail
Nauset Beach, Orleans
Paid Parking in season
Free parking in small lots on the Rail Trail near the Eastham Windmill
Johnathan Young Windmill, Orleans
Cape Cod Bike Trails Free Parking Falmouth for the Shining Sea bike Trail
Cape Cod's Provincelands Dunes Trail on Outer Cape Cod
Paid Parking at Herring Cove Beach
Parking for Outer Cape Cod Dunes Trails
Herring Cove Beach, Paid parking for beach and bike trail through the dunes
Further south you come to The Cape Cod Rail Trail in Wellfleet at Lecount Hollow. Free Parking at the trail head for the Rail Trail opens this former railroad bed now turned bicycle path to walking wheelchair, carriage, and biking. This trail connects to the Salt Pond Visitors Center in Eastham and to the Nauset Trail, a system that winds through Beach forest and dunes and leads to Coast Guard Beach on the outer dunes .
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a largely off-road trail that travels for over 25 miles through Brewster's Nickerson State Park, (Free Parking at the park entrance} and then through Orleans’s Rock Harbor , (Free Parking, small Lot) and on to Eastham and The Cape Cod National Sea Shore’s Salt Pond Visitors Center. At the center, you can find free parking and good maps of the trails
Small free lot
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 over 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.
First Encounter Beach Eastham,
Paid Parking in season
Drummer Boy Park Brewster Free Parking Route 6A
Capt. Penneman House, Free parking at the end of the road overlooking Orleans inlet
Skaket Beach, a warm water beach with little wave action
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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 Parking for the Bike Trails and Rail Trails is available at many bike trail sites.
Free Parking is offered at the Salt Pond Visitors Center in Eastham for the Nauset Trail to the Cape Cod Rail Trail and to Coast Guard Beach
Cape Cod Parking, Bike Trails, Rail Trails Parking: Free Parking at The Salt Pond Visitors Center and access to the Rail Trail
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Parking for Bike Trips On Outer Cape Cod
Cape Cod is still wild and undeveloped on the side exposed to the Atlantic Ocean. It is preserved by the Cape Cod National Seashore National Park and can be a wonderful experience by bike. Free parking is offered at the Visitors Center and from there a bike trail leads to Coast Guard Beach. In the other direction, a road leads to the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
There is a paved trail through the dunes, some very high, that you can see from Route 6 as you drive north to Provincetown and Herring Cove Beach at the tip of Cape Cod.
Paid parking at Herring Cove Beach puts you at the head of the trail to your right as you face the ocean.
As you drive towards Herring Cove Beach look on your left for metered parking for bike or walking access to Provincetown village and the Pilgrim Monument.
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