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Shining Sea Bikeway, Falmouth

(4.7/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • This is a well maintained converted rail trail which is actually two different walk/bike trails.One from Shore Street beach that goes along south side of Falmouth with view of Martha's Vineyard on to ...  more »
  • Don't miss this incredible bike path! Whether you're walking or biking or taking a jog this is a beautiful spot in Falmouth.  more »
  • Great views with very few areas of bumpy pavement. It is 10+ miles from end to end, Old Silver Beach to Woods Hole. Even on hot sunny days there is sufficient shade to make the ride comfortable.  more »
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  • Great trail got a flat halfway threw 2 kind gentleman rode to bike shop came back to me and fixed it . I was able to do the whole trail enjoyed my day . So nice to see nice people are still out here .
  • Great for running or walking. A lot of shady stretches. Porter potties along the way. Water fountain ( to fill up your water bottle when running) at around 2.5 miles from woods hole wnd
  • Awesome bike trail with nice waterfront views! The views get better as you head closer to Wood's Hole, but also it can become a little hectic because the path runs through a few parking lots for the ferry. I'd recommend stopping in downtown Falmouth which is a short stop off of the path. It has a larger food selection than Wood's Hole and there are some more shops to check out!
  • Zero cars. Safe for children. Great view to stroll, bike, skating :-)
  • Great path, excellent for every level of cyclist