Biking South Shore, MA and trails a car drive away10/20/2020
South Shore, Massachusetts
Myles Standish State Forest - Plymouth
One of our favorite places for bike rides! The paved bike paths are hilly with lots of turns, so it feels like a roller coaster. We prefer to park at parking lot 7 (P7) off Bare Hill Road next to Rocky Pond, Plymouth, not the main entrance.
Wompatuck State Park - Hingham
What we like most about the paved bike trails here is how wide they are and although the park is big, there are signs throughout to bring you back to the visits center.
Shining Sea Bikeways - Falmouth - 10.7 miles long
We don’t have a favorite section on this trail. We love it all! Mile 0 is at Woods Hole and ends at mile 10.7 North Falmouth. We like to split the ride up. Some days we start at Woods Hole and bike to mile marker 5. That ride takes you along the beach. Then, we turn around at mile 5. Other days we start at the other end at mile 10.7 and bike to mile 5. That part of the trail brings you past marshes and cranberry bogs. Every mile as delightful as the last.
Cape Cod Rail Trail - CCRT - 25.5 miles long
When we have time to stay overnight, we like Four Point by Sheraton Eastham. It has an excellent indoor pool, and the trail is directly behind the hotel.
Biking for the day, we park at Nickerson State Park or GPS Ferretti’s Market Brewster (the lot is across the street from the market), then take a left on the trail toward Harwich. We prefer that section of the trail (ride miles 10.8 to mile 3) because we pass the lakes and cranberry bogs.
Cape Cod Canal
For our excursion at the Rail Explorers, we took the Southern Circuit this year. Both the Northern Ramble and the Southern Circuit are 6 miles. If you book the Northern Ramble trail you pedal the 6 miles, all in one shot. On our tour a bus took us from the check in station to the start of the trail, then we biked back to the station. The next group starts their ride at the check in station, pedals 6 miles and gets the bus back to the station. Either way there is a bus involved in the Northern Ramble.
The Southern Circuit starts at the station. You bike for 3 miles, stop, and hang out at a scenic cliff overlooking the ocean. The Rail Explorers have baskets to pack food and eat at the 20-minute break, then do the 3 miles back. We prefer the Southern Circuit. It’s more scenic, and the stop makes for some nice family time.
As our staycation continues, we plan to explore Rhode Island on our bikes. Next up will be Quonset Bike Path because it’s completely off road.