Biking has always been one of the most popular activities for visitors to Cape Cod
and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. You can safely enjoy both road
and mountain biking on the many paved and off-road bike paths. Bike shops are plentiful
if you need to rent a bike for adults or children. Since biking is an activity the
whole family can enjoy, child trailers are also available.
Throughout the Cape, you have your choice of both paved and unpaved bikeways. The
most popular paved trails include:
- Cape Cod Canal Bikeway: A 7+ mile paved path along the canal between the
Bourne and Sagamore bridges, providing wonderful views of boat traffic and ending
at Scusset Beach on the mainland side of the canal.
- Shining Sea Bikeway: A 10.7-mile trail that follows the coast from North
Falmouth to Woods Hole, winding along cranberry bogs, Buzzards Bay, and Vineyard
- Cape Cod Rail Trail: A 22-mile paved trail running along a former railroad
right-of-way from Dennis to Wellfleet. The trail has a wide unpaved shoulder on
one side to accommodate horseback riding, walkers, and runners.
- Nickerson State Park Network: An 8-mile trail winding through pine forests
and along ponds and lakes of this state park in Brewster.
- Cape Cod National Seashore Network: The Nauset Marsh Trail in Eastham runs
1.5 miles into National Seashore acreage, ending at Coast Guard Beach, with a panoramic
vista of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Province Lands Bike Trail: A 7+ mile trail beginning at Race Point in Provincetown
and running through sand dunes and forests, ending at the ocean.
While many trails are conveniently located near our Cape
Cod vacation rentals, our Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard vacation rentals
also provide easy access to biking paths:
Nantucket’s terrain seems custom-made for bicycling -- never too steep and always
scenic. There are over 24 miles of bicycle paths on Nantucket. Here is a list of bike paths. Most
are separated from the roadways, making for a safe ride. Nantucket shuttle buses,
equipped with bike racks, enable you to easily access any bike routes. A color-coded
sign system helps guide bikers around the island.
It can be a challenge to cover the whole island of Martha’s Vineyard, which is almost
100 square miles! Bike paths parallel most of the major roads, and all MVTA busses
have bike racks. The mostly flat "down-Island" route -- from Vineyard Haven to Oak
Bluffs to Edgartown and back—covers about 25 miles. For a more challenging trip,
the "up-Island" trip to Chilmark and Aquinnah is much hillier and can cover more
than 40 miles roundtrip.
About Becky Fischer: I have worked for WeNeedaVacation.com since 2003. Currently my position entails providing photography, video, and consultation services to vacation rental homeowners, and I have photographed over 700 homes on the Cape and Islands. My husband and three children moved to Brewster in 2006. I grew up outside of Boston, spent summer vacations on Nantucket, and was married in Orleans. My favorite activities on the Cape are walking on the CCRT, deep breaths at the beach, visiting great coffee shops, and working with my community to support the schools and local events.