Officially dedicated in 1975 as a community project, the Shining Sea Bikeway is a paved, 11.5-mile,
adventurous pathway that weaves through a natural setting from woodlands, marsh, swamp and salt ponds
to seascape across an ancient coastal plane. Named after a line from Falmouth native Katharine Lee Bates’
legendary anthem, America The Beautiful, the Shining Sea Bikeway follows the former route of the
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad that once ran from Buzzards Bay into Falmouth Station.
This level route winds along the shoreline of Vineyard Sound, with views of native flora and fauna,
through salt marshes, along beaches, along cranberry bogs and through the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary.
The Shining Sea is the only bikeway on Cape Cod that runs along the seashore, exposing stretches of
scenery that are unseen by most visitors. It extends from the Woods Hole Steamship Authority’s
site in the village of Woods Hole to North Falmouth, presenting a perfect route for casual
cyclists and families. The Shining Sea Bikeway has recently been rated as the #1 attraction
in the Town of Falmouth by TripAdvisor.
Click here to visit the Town’s official Bikeway Committee page, with useful information and links.