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The Cape Cod Ride

What to Bring

Helmet   Gloves
Safety lights   First aid kit
Sunglasses   Windbreaker
Repair kit   Water
Snacks   Food (for lunch)


From Boston, take route 95 South, then
Route 3 South
Continue on to route 6 past the Sagamore bridge
Drive through the one-lane section of Route 6 until Orleans' rotary
Drive around the rotary and exit at sign for Rock Harbor
Turn left and follow direction for "2nd
District Court/Rock Harbor
Continue for 0.2 mi.; the parking lot is on the right before the bridge
  Good to know in advance
The Little Capistrano Bike Shop rents bikes, tandems, kids trailers and bikes with baby seats; they can also perform minor repairs. Nice and efficient service; located on Route 6, opposite the entrance of the National
Seashore's Salt Pond Visitor Center; open year-round; Tel. 508.255.6515

Restrooms at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, Coast Guard Beach (seasonal), Nauset
Light Beach (seasonal)

Ride safely on the Bike Trail, which you will share with children, pedestrians and
skaters and many fellow bikers
Respect all posted signs and regulations in the National Seashore, which is a fragile,
protected environment

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Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 2.5 hours
  Duration: Full day


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This ride will take you to the best places on Cape Cod in one day, from the Rail Trail that spans a good length of the Cape, to the long beaches of the National Seashore and the back roads of the countryside. By far one of the nicest rides in New England. A rental shop along the way will allow you to go on this ride even if you don't own a bike.

In all seasons, biking is the best way to discover or rediscover Cape Cod. The reasonable distances, flat terrain and abundance of small, backcountry roads make this place a paradise. In spring and fall, you will be mostly alone on the road; in summer, your bike will be a passport to the beaches and remote parts of the Cape, at a time when access roads and parking lots are chocked with traffic.

This ride is on flat ground, with a few short hills along the National seashore. The entire ride is on paved roads, either bike paths or small roads. Since the Cape is essentially an island on the ocean, the place can be windy, especially near the shore, and bringing a windbreaker or fleece is always a good idea, even on warm summer days.

Expect to spend at least half a day on the ride itself (3 to 5 hours); the ride can easily be stretched into a full day outing, especially in summer, if you stop at some of the beaches along the way.

Riding directions:
Exit the parking lot and ride under the bridge to take the ramp up on your right; then take left (north) on the bikeway
At the fourth road intersection, turn right (sign for the National Seashore)
Turn left on Salt Pond Road; at the light, cross route 6 and take the bike path starting at the parking lot (the path is the trail with the yellow centerline)
Ride for about 2 miles through the pine forest to reach the Coast Guard Beach Lighthouse; the lighthouse is on high sand bluffs overlooking the ocean – great place to take a first rest on the beach.
To continue your ride, take the access road, and turn right (there is a sign to route 6 pointing to the other way)
You will reach Nauset Light Beach and its lighthouse after more than a mile of a great coastal road; again, the beach here is a nice stop
Turn left on Cable Road and continue until its end; turn left on Nauset Road, then right on Brackett Road
At the light, cross route 6 again and continue slightly on the left on Old County Road
Turn right on Massassoit Road, then left on Herringbrook Road
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