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Shining Sea Bikeway, Falmouth

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The 17.2 km (10.7 mi) Shining Sea Bikeway is named after a phrase in the song "America the Beautiful" as portions of it hug the ocean. The trail runs on an abandoned railroad path near woods and coastline scenery, past lakes, marshes, and quaint houses. Originally established in 1975, the bikeway has been improved, extended, and paved throughout its entire length. The path is suitable even for beginners or a casual cyclists, as it's mostly level with only a slight occasional grade. On your ride, you'll see cranberry bogs and typical Cape Cod plant life. Stop and have a picnic on the beach, or snap photos of birds at the salt pond. The path can get busy; be sure to respect bicycle rules and watch for inline skaters and runners as well. Plan to see Shining Sea Bikeway and other attractions that appeal to you using our Falmouth itinerary builder.
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  • We did this bike ride after hiring our bicycles from Corner Cycles - which were very reasonable and accommodating! The route itself is really easy to navigate & you see some lovely views of Cape Cod b...  more »
  • We jogged about 3 miles of the trail from Woods Hole, MA and loved the water views and going by some of the ponds in the area. Unfortunately, the trail doesn't go to the lighthouse so we had to take a...  more »
  • This bike path goes 10 miles from Woods Hole, it can be ridden both ways or one way with road cycling back to the hotel.  more »