Biking on Cape Cod

Posted by Mark Washburn on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 9:38pm

If you want to see the best of Cape Cod, you may want to trade in four wheels for two wheels.  Some of the best biking trails in the area treat visitors to remarkable seaside views, tempted by a variety of delectable treats and charming inns along the way.

Instead of thinking about all the exercise it involves, think about all the scenery you’ll see.  It hardly feels like exercise when you’re taking in all the amazing sites along the way.  With bike routes combining traditional roads with trails, expect to be temped by coastal scenery and have your senses awakened by the seaside breezes.  Oh, and did we mention all the fresh seafood you can buy to eat along the way?

Leave yourself plenty of time to make the bike tour a leisurely one.  This gives you an opportunity to check out all the cafes, art galleries and unique shops along the way.  If you want a more adventurous tour, you may want to try the Province Lands Bike Trail.  This one goes through dunes, through woods, and even by a number of beaches.  Although it’s a shorter trail, don’t be fooled by its intensity.  This trail contains a number of hills.  It’s a great trail for taking in fantastic views of Cape Cod National Seashore, though, and for seeing the fall colors soak into the region each autumn.

cape cod rail trail sign

If you want to take on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, it’s a 22-mile trail, winding through Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet.  If you’re a beginner, it’s a great choice because the trail is paved and there aren’t too many hills.  The trail passes several of Cape Cod’s sparkling kettle ponds which offer a great way to cool off on a hot summer day.  It also passes legendary clam shacks like Arnold’s in Eastham and Cobie’s in Brewster.

If you don’t have a bicycle, you can rent one from one of the many rental shops including Idle Tmes with locations along the bike trail in both Eastham and Brewster.  You also don’t have to finish the trails all at once.  Take your time.  You can even stop at places like The Red Inn along the way to rejuvenate and even take in a sunset.  Other options include the Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, where you’ll find light wine tasting, and a great place to sit for a while and enjoy a picnic lunch.  If you make it to Truro, you can stop for ice cream at Savory and Sweet Escapes.

If you do want to give it a try, there are hundreds of miles of bikeways already formed in the area.  Enjoy Cape Cod in a new light when you try biking on Cape Cod.

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