A Path to Happiness on the Shining Sea Bikeway

Whether your’re cycling, running, rollerblading, walking or cross-country skiing, you’ll discover virtually every aspect of Falmouth’s character and culture on the Shining Sea Bikeway, all on your own time.

By Sarah E. Murphy and Photography by Betty Wiley
Bourne Farm, North Falmouth
Bucolic Bourne Farm harkens back to Falmouth’s agricultural history, with its rustic stone walls, and woodlands, trails, and orchards.
Great Sippewissett Marsh
There’s nothing like summer on Cape Cod, but locals will be the first to tell you, there’s something special about Falmouth in the fall. Since the best way to really get to know any place is on two feet, or two wheels, the best way to explore the landscape and the local history of Falmouth is the bike path.
Little Sippewissett Marsh
The West Falmouth stretch of the path features Little and Great Sippewisset Marsh, where’ll you happen upon common terns, that like most Cape Cod visitors, are hesitant to depart for their next destination.
A charming boathouse straddles the water at West Falmouth Harbor.
The bike path hugs the coast, winding in and out of wooded areas, from Falmouth to Woods Hole and then beyond to North Falmouth.
The stunning view at Trunk River Beach, along the Shining Sea Bikeway.
With a name inspired by the line from America the Beautiful, penned by Falmouth’s famous daughter Katharine Lee Bates, Falmouth boasts the only Bike Path on Cape Cod that travels along the ocean, “from sea to shining sea.”
For more information about the Shining Sea Bikeway, including directions and trail maps, visit https://www.falmouthma.gov/402/Directions-to-the-Shining-Sea-Bikeway
The final leg of the path to happiness offers peaceful shading along the woodlands before opening to the expansive view of Vineyard Sounds.
Cycling towards iconic Nobska Light at dusk, the golden hour, is magical.

1 thought on “A Path to Happiness on the Shining Sea Bikeway”

  1. I’ve been cycling on the Shining Sea Bikeway many times, and I love it. It’s a great, and easy going ride, from North Falmouth, MA to Woods Hole, MA. There are many sights to see and enjoy along the way. I especially love the Great Sippewissett Marsh and the West Falmouth Harbor areas. I typically ride from Falmouth Heights down to the Bikeway, over to North Falmouth and then all the way back to Woods Hole, where I stop and enjoy the Quaint harbor and coffee shops. Watching all the excitement at the Steamship Authority port is a great way to unwind after a long ride.


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