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. Arrange your visit to Shining Sea Bikeway and discover more family-friendly attractions in Falmouth using our Falmouth holiday planner.
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  • It is a very pretty & peaceful bike trail. You can see & hear birds singing, squirrels& rabbits running across the trail. We biked from North Falmouth to Wood Holes, Distance about 10 miles one way. I...  more »
  • I and a friend biked this route on a gorgeous early summer day yesterday, and although I'm an avid bicyclist and long time Martha's Vineyard resident, this was my first ride on the Shining Sea path. I...  more »
  • What a great day....we had so much fun...,easy ride, great scenery, great, beautiful beaches on the way, man you cannot go wrong! Bring the family, make it a day! Great, free fun! Pack a lunch bring a...  more »

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