Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cape Cod Vacation Biking, Bicycle Vacation on Cape Cod, Bike Trails, Rail Trails.

Cape Cod Vacation Biking, Bicycle Vacation on Cape Cod, Bike Trails, Rail Trails.
Update 2013
  • Family Biking Vacation
Biking Cape Cod Canal
Fishing on the Cape Cod Canal
Take a family bicycle vacation on Cape Cod and enjoy off-road biking on paved bike trails through pine forests and Cape Cod dunes.  Bike rentals, museums, lobster restaurants, lodging, and warm water beaches are a short bike trip away from the Rail Trails and Dunes Trails.

  • Bike Rentals and Repair
Cape Cod offers bike rentals on the Rail Trail including bike repair Shops that are located along the paved Rail Trail.
The Mid May to Mid September bike rental rates are around $20-$25 per day

  • Bike to Warm Water Beaches
From the Cape Cod Rail Trail you can reach three warm water beaches in sheltered Cape Cod Bay: Skaket Beach, Rock Harbor Beach, and First Encounter Beach.  (Cape Cod Map)  
Leave the Rail Trail and follow Skaket Beach Road to the small sand beach in the town of Orleans.  Nearby find Rock Harbor Beach.  Further south and east on the rail trail follow Samoset Road to First Encounter Beach, a mile long sand spit and marsh where the Pilgrims first met the Native Americans.
  • Bike the Cape Cod Dunes
The Provincelands trail is a paved trail through the dunes and scrub pine forest at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown.  Connect to the Beech Forest trail and Herring Cove Beach.   (A cold water beach)

The lower and outer parts of Cape Cod are a protected preserve and have largely returned to the natural state.   Touring by bicycle is a great way to see the villages and beaches, the scrub pine forests, and dunes.  The bike traveler will also find many modern conveniences including bike rental shops, ice cream stands, and museums.
Bike Trail Beside the Cape Cod Canal
Cape Cod Canal Bike Trail 
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail 
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a former railroad bed now turned bicycle path.  The trail runs for 25 miles from Eastham to Wellfleet.  Sections of trail go on road briefly in Orleans.  Otherwise the Cape Cod Rail Trail is a largely off-road trail that travels through Brewster's Nickerson State Park and then through Orleans at Rock Harbor and on to Eastham and Wellfleet.
  • Free Bike Trail Parking
Many of the trails have Free Bike Trail Parking
Park for free at the Salt Pond Visitors Center in Eastham where the Nauset Trail winds through a scrub pine forest to the cold water beach on the Atlantic Ocean side, Coast Guard Beach.    Further east and then north, the Provencelands Trail is a paved bike trail that winds through Beech forest and high dunes at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown.  Park free at the Beech Forsest Trail and Provincelands Trail.  Together the Provincelands Trail and the Rail Trail contain over fifty miles of off-road bicycle and walking trails.
Many of these trails are wheel chair accessible trails
      Cape Cod family vacation biking is a great way to see Cape Cod.

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