Shining Sea Bikeway, Falmouth

4.8
#1 of 72 in Trails in Massachusetts
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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  • What a great bike path that goes by the ocean. All the way from the bridge to Woods Hole. You can bike ride, walk or rollerblade. Anyway you do it enjoy you day and get out and travel!  more »
  • This well maintained path offers stunning sea. Jews, marsh lane, and birds..and if you end up in Woods Hole, there are Lenny of places to eat before coming back. It is just a feel good experience to b...  more »

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