Biking on a Cape Cod is done mostly on off- road rail trails that are safe and relaxing. You pass through villages along the way that cherish their seafaring heritage while offering the bike traveler many modern conveniences. On the outer Cape Cod bike trails, there are lighthouses, windmills, nature preserves, golf courses, museums, a winery, art colonies, an airport, and campgrounds all just a short walk or drive from the paved bike trails
On the sea-bound peninsula called the Outer Cape, dunes and miles and miles of beach freedom greet you on the ocean side while you bike on the paved lanes of the Provinceland Dunes Trail.
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 on the Nauset trail for a mile and a half to Coast Guard Beach.
Or you can continue North on the Rail Trail and come 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 Provincelands 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 Cape Cod 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 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 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.
Coast Guard Beach
Cape Cod's Paved bike trail through the dunes make Cape Cod a place of safe and simple biking. While biking the Cape Cod dunes trails you can ride your bike through a
Cape Cod Biking to beaches
First Encounter Beach ends at the outlet of Herring Brook, Finding a private place to read, write, or just plain snooze should be no problem here even on a summer weekend.
Cape Cod Biking is safe and relaxed biking to interesting places like the Eastham Windmill
Herring Cove Beach
Ice cream stop Cape Cod Bike Trail
Nauset Beach, Orleans
The network of bike trails connect to Herring Cove Beach on the tip of Cape Cod. Many folks snooze in beach chairs while 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.
. 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, Safe, Family Bike Trails
Biking Through the Dunes
Rail trails and Dune Trails
Biking the Dunes trail of Cape Cod
The End Of the Rail Trail
The Salt Pond Visitors Center offers both bike trails and nature walking trail. This one leaves from the edge of Salt Pond and skirts the pond and the estuarine marsh and then travels through woods to return to the center.
The local people still gather shellfish for the tidal flats when it is safe to do so.
Cape Cod Biking includes all the conveniences along the trail including rental and repair.
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 safe and relaxed biking on off- road rail trails to villages lighthouses, windmills, nature preserves, museums, and art colonies.
Cape Cod Biking includes free parking at the Salt Pond Visitors Center and the trail to Coast Guard Beach
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Herring Cove Beach Provincetown
Lighthouses such as Nauset and Highland on Cape Cod back roads make great sightseeing
sunset over Cape Cod Bay at Skaket Beach