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Shining Sea Bikeway, Falmouth

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Must see · Biking Trail · Nature / Park
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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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  • We drove down to the beach, parked near Trunk River in a small area on the side of the road and walked on part of the trail towards Falmouth. Views of Nantucket Sound, but also some shady sections... 
    We drove down to the beach, parked near Trunk River in a small area on the side of the road and walked on part of the trail towards Falmouth. Views of Nantucket Sound, but also some shady sections...  more »
  • Great biking experience, even though there are so many areas that need repairs from roots growing up through the path. The best area for me was from #7 stop on the map going from center of town down.....  more
    Great biking experience, even though there are so many areas that need repairs from roots growing up through the path. The best area for me was from #7 stop on the map going from center of town down.....  more »
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  • Perfect for families! Our 6 year old did great and our 2 year old enjoyed the bike cart. Great views.
  • Great bikepath. Rode it over Memorial day weekend, and although it was busy I wouldn't call it overcrowded. Such a pleasant ride through different landscapes- the sea, the marsh, the woods. The beach roses were in full bloom and the smell was amazing. If I lived by this bike path I would go every day! It's 10 miles each way and we did about 16 miles total but it didn't feel like it. Such an easy flat road the whole way.

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