Cape Cod is still unspoiled and naturally beautiful and touring by bicycle is a great way to see the villages that cherish their seafaring heritage.
Biking Cape Cod's Rail Trails, The bike traveler will also find many modern conveniences, there are bike rental shops, lighthouses, windmills, nature preserves, golf courses, art and history museums, a winery, art colonies, an airport with sightseeing flights, and RV campgrounds all along the bike trails that parallel the beaches.
There is no better way to experience the natural beauty of Cape Cod than on a bicycle.
The Outer Cape (lower)you can visit the location of Henry Beston’s, The Outermost House, now just a beach after a storm took the house, and then peddle your way between Coast Guard beach, Highland Light and the Province lands beaches.
The “Cape Cod Rail Trail”, a former railroad bed now turned bicycle path, and the Nauset Dune Trail, a system of paved bike trails that winds through Beach forest and high dunes, together contain over fifty miles of off-road bicycle and walking trails.
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 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 or to the north and reach the 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 the Cape in 1849, writing detailed descriptions 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. (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 a 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 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
From the paved trail through the dunes of Provincetown you can climb a high dune and get a view of spouting whales
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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 On a mile or so of low dune Marsh Grass and 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 trails includes Herring Cove Beach on the while lazily surf fishing for the lunker Striped Bass that feed along the shore. From the parking lot adjacent to the beach, the bike and walking trail extends into the Provinceland Dunes, connecting with the Beach Forest Trail and The Race Point 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
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Bike Trails On Outer Cape Cod
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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 Rail Trails Biking The Cape Cod Dunes top Highland Light
Cape Cod Rail Trails Biking leads to Eastham and a road near the Eastham Windmill
The Cape Cod Rail Trails offer Biking Through The Cape Cod Dunes.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail, the Nauset Dune Trail, and the Provincelands Dunes Trail together contain over fifty miles of off-road bicycle and walking trails.
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Bike rental and repair on the Cape Cod Rail Trail