Cape Biking Options

Heading south from North Falmouth near Sippewissett looking out onto Cape Cod Bay

Passing bogs and tidal marsh area in North Falmouth

Summer bike riding – what could be better?  When visiting Bourne you have lots of great options.

The first and closest is the Cape Cod Canal Trail, only about a mile from the house. This trail is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It runs along both sides of the Cape Cod Canal. During your visit you may see a barge or a ship sail through the canal, or watch while the railroad bridge goes up or down to allow the train to come across the canal onto Cape Cod.  From the house take Shore Road past the Gray Gables market and take the next left onto Bell Road, which leads you to the small parking lot by the Railroad Bridge. The bridge goes up and down at odd intervals: for the Otis garbage train and for the Cape Cod Train.

Our favorite for scenery is the Shining Sea Trail in Falmouth – though it starts not far over the town line from Bourne.   The trail was built over 11 miles of abandoned Penn Central railway. Look for a map of the trail in the basket of information. There are  several beautiful parts of the trail: the northern section passes by Cape Cod Bay and allows lovely vistas of cranberry bogs and salt marshes, then below downtown Falmouth it passes Surf Drive Beach where you can look across Vineyard Sound to Martha’s Vineyard.  If you haven’t brought bikes you can rent them in downtown Falmouth at Corner Cycle right on the corner of Route 28 and Queen’s Byway or at a little shop right at the start of the trail in North Falmouth at  Art’s Bike Shop.


Some additional information on bike trails:

If you’d like to go a bit further afield there is a great, easy and short trail at the Cape Cod National Seashore close to the Visitor’s Center.  Here is a video of “Cape Cod’s Easiest Bike Trail” at the National Seashore.  And there is yet another 22 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail that runs from Dennis to Wellfleet.

So pack your bike!


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