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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  • August 14, 2017
    We rented a bike at a shop in Falmouth around mile 3.5 and rode to Woods Hole and back. The trail was flat, and although it crosses the road in several spots, the drivers stop to let the cyclists have...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Path is better off season or at odd hours of the AM and PM. Unfortunately the path needs repair and the overpasses need special care due to similar issues. But this is NOT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM! There a...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It's a paved trail for bicycling, with one hand of ida and another back. We did as 15 km up to Woods Hole, a charming village beside the sea and pleasant cafés. In this exclusive trail cycle tour one can observe stretches of the coast, swamps, forests and very beautiful landscapes. It is worth!
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