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Biking on Cape Cod

Chatham Light

Nauset Newcomers Bicycle Group
at Chatham Light 2008


    Even though our focus is on walking, users have asked us for information about
bicycling on Cape Cod.  Usually, these folks are from off-Cape, and thus do not have
access to the printed material available in local bookstores.  Many of us who walk
regularly are also bike riders, so we can be of some help.  Consider this as a work in
progress, however.
    First, we will show scanned maps of some of the paved bicycle trails.  Then we will add,
one at a time, descriptions of road routes that we know and like.  Only experienced bicyclists
should ride the roads of Cape Cod.  Family groups in particular should only ride on paved
trails. Everyone should wear a helmet.  You only need it once!  
Maps :
Map of National Seashore Bicycle Trails in Eastham and Truro

Map of Shining Sea Bikeway

Map of Bike Paths on Martha's Vineyard

Map of Nickerson Park bike trails

Map of Cape Cod Rail Trails

Map of Rail Trail Extension Bicycle Route   

Map of Bike Paths in the Town of Dennis

Nantucket Bicycling

East Bay Bike Path, Rhode Island

Claire Saltonstall Bikeway

Photos and maps of bike trails

Cape Cod Canal bike paths
Yarmouth Street Map  The Town of Yarmouth has an extensive network of bicycle paths along major roads, as well as a portion of the proposed extension of the Cape Cod Rail Trail from Dennis to Hyannis.  For that, park at the lot just west of the intersection of Old Townhouse Road and West Yarmouth Road.  Ride both ways to check it out.  Then ride south on Forest Road from Old Townhouse Road to Long Pond Road and back.   Follow the guide under "South Yarmouth" below.

Road Routes (to be added, periodically)

Paines Creek Beach in Brewster   From Nickerson Park to Paines Creek Beach in Brewster.

Back Roads of Brewster    Suitable for mountain bikes only. 

Long Pond in Brewster   A short circular around Long Pond. 

Chatham Morris Island Wonderful views from the land's end of Cape Cod.

Chatham Rail Trail   Continuation of the Harwich Rail Trail to Crowell Road in Chatham.

Dennis Village   Ride along Old Bass River Road to Dennis Village, and around the shore. The route also has a Senior Version.

South Dennis    A loop using Dennis bike paths and back roads in Dennis and Brewster.

West Dennis    A loop to West Dennis Beach, Dennis Port, and South Dennis.

Dennis Bicycle Trails  Riding the new trail along Route 134, connecting to the Old Bass River Road and Setucket Road trails.

South Eastham
  Up the rail trail and back along the bay to Rock Harbor.

Eastham Seashore
  Lighthouses and beaches, returning on shady back roads in Eastham. Follows the above on the first page.
Eastham Beaches Start at Salt Pond Visitors Center and visit many Bay beaches and return and see Ocean beaches.

Falmouth Heights  A beautiful ride along Vineyard Sound.

Harwich Rail Trail   A loop using the Old Colony Rail Trail in Harwich.

Harwich Port   By bogs and beaches.

Hyannis Port     A short but exceptionally scenic ride through Hyannis Port to Craigville Beach.

Martha's Vineyard   A day trip from Cape Cod.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy   Ride the canal trail to have lunch with the cadets.

Orleans Landings    A tour of  the village, expensive homes, and town landings.

Orleans Beaches    A loop ride to the 3 Orleans beaches:  Skaket, Rock Harbor, and Nauset. Follows the above on the first page.

Wellfleet Ocean View   Ride along the wild dunes in Wellfleet overlooking the Atlantic.

Wellfleet Harbor  
Ride along the edge of this vast harbor to Duck Harbor beach. Follows the above on the second page.

Wellfleet to Pamet Harbor
   From the heart of Wellfleet along back roads to Pamet Harbor. Begins on the second page.

Rail Trail Extension - Wellfleet to Provincetown   A 24 mile ride from the end of paved trail, suggested here as a car shuttle.  A map is on the second page.

Truro   From Pamet Harbor to Provincetown.  A shuttle route.

Head of the Meadow   A nice loop, using the bike path and Shore Road, with a visit to Cape Cod Light.  Follows above on the second page.

Ballston Beach   A loop from Pamet Harbor to Ballston Beach. Begins on the third page.

South Yarmouth    Tour the ocean beaches facing Nantucket Sound.
Yarmouth Bike Trail    Ride the bicycle trails in the middle of Yarmouth.

Yarmouth Port    A scenic route to Bass River and Gray's Beach.