Cape Cod bike trails on the outer Cape run through woods and dunes that are unspoiled and naturally beautiful . Cape Cod is not primitive, however, and although the villages along the way might cherish simplicity and their seafaring heritage, they also offer the bicycle traveler many modern conveniences like bike rental shops, lighthouse and windmill museums, nature preserves, golf courses, art and history museums, a winery, art colonies, an airport with sightseeing flights, and campgrounds
All the attractions on the Outer Cape are just a short walk or drive from the Bike trails that run near the beach where, in 1849, Thoreau walked.
There is no better way to experience this freedom than on a bicycle. In the sea-bound refuge called the Outer Cape (lower)you can spread on a little sun block, pack a copy of Henry Beston’s, The Outermost House, and peddle your way between Coast Guard Beach, Highland Light and the Province lands Trail to 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 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 (Camping, RV sites) and then through Orleans’s Rock Harbor and on to Eastham and The Cape Cod National Sea Shore’s Salt Pond Visitors Center. (Free Parking) At the center, you can bike to the windward Nauset Shore at coast Guard Beach or continue on the Rail trail 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.
Lecount Hollow Trail End
From the end of the Bike 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.
Try some seafood on your journey at Rock Harbor, the small port right on the bike trail 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 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.
Cape cod dune trails for biking run parallel to this shore.
For those that want warm water and small waves, two quiet beaches are a little more than a mile from the Cape Cod bike trail called 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.
The water is shallow for a half mile, with the flats totally uncovering at low tide.
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
Provincelands Dunes Trail
From the paved trail Through the Provincelands Dunes you can climb a high dune and get a view of spouting whales offshore
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Biking on Paved Trails Through Cape Cod
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
Ice cream stop Cape Cod Bike Trail
Nauset Beach, Orleans
Herring Cove Beach
Cape Cod Bike trails lead to Herring Cove Beach on the tip of Cape Cod where many folks snooze in beach 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 trail heads 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 bike.
Johnathan Young Windmill, Orleans
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Paved Bike Trails through The Cape Cod Dunes
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Cape Cod Bicycling on Paved Bike Trails to the Beaches
Mountain Bike or Trail Bike, Bike Tour or Self Guided, Bicycling on Cape Cod Rail Trails and dune trails makes biking safe and fun for the family
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 Vacation offers Biking on Paved Trails Through Cape Cod such as the Shining Sea Bike Trail From Woods Hole to Falmouth
A Cape Cod Biking vacation offers family biking on paved trails through the Cape
Cod dunes and off-road bike trailson rail trails and dune trails.
Cape Cod Biking Vacation, Biking on Paved Trails Through Cape Cod
Cape Cod Biking Vacation offers Biking on the Paved Trails Through the Cape Cod Dunes on the trail that starts at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, the Provencelands Dunes Trail.
The Paved bike trail through the dunes with a stop in the village of Provincetown can be part of a Cape Cod Biking Vacation