Outer Cape Bike Trails
bicycle traveler many views of the natural world of the outer beaches.
Though rustic, the villages offer bike rental shops along the trail and you pass near lighthouses, windmill museums, nature preserves, art and history museums, a winery, an airport with sightseeing flights, and campgrounds,
Many amenities are just a short walk or drive from the Bike trails that run near and through the dunes and beaches of Orleans, Truro, Wellfleet, and Provincetown.
There is no better way to experience the wildness of this land than on a bicycle.
On the Outer Cape you can spread on a little sun block, pack a copy of Henry Beston’s, The Outermost House, and peddle your way between Coastguard Beach, Highland Light and the Provincelands Dunes and beaches.
Cape Cod Rail Trail
The 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 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 of the Rail trail at Lecount Hollow in the town of Wellfleet.
At several places along the way, there is ample free parking, if one chooses not to travel the entire 25 miles by bicycle.
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.
Henry David Thoreau, passed through Cape Cod 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 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 warm water and small waves, two beaches are a little more than a mile from the Rail Trail. Follow Skaket Beach Road in Orleans to the end and find a sand beach. To the right, as you face the ocean, you can find privacy in the 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 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 you can climb a
high dune and get a view of spouting
whales as you ride your bike in the
natural landscapes of Cape Cod
Cape Cod Bike Trails Vacation
with the outlet of Herring Brook at the end. 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
on the tip of Cape Cod. Many folks surf fish for Striped Bass that feed along the shore. From the parking lot adjacent to the beach, the bike and walking trail is on your right as you face the ocean. The 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 and the elemental forces of nature are never far from view.
No better way to see all than on a slow bike ride.
Johnathan Young Windmill, Orleans
Paved Bike Trails
through The Cape Cod
Dunes or Paved trails
along the Cape Cod
Canal, Cape Cods trails
are safe and fun
Lower Cape Cod Bike Trails
Bicycle on Paved Bike Trails
to the Beaches of Cape Cod
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Mountain Bike or Trail Bike, Bike Tour or Self Guided, Bicycling on Cape Cod Rail Trails is safe and fun
On Cape Cod or within a day's drive from 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.
A Cape Cod Bike Trails Vacation offers biking that has been made safe and convenient.
The rail trails are paved trails through the dunes and along the rail bed that runs through Brewster and Eastham all the way to Wellfleet.