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Bicyclists on Cape Cod could spend a full vacation at the Cape Cod National Seashore alone. While many residents disputed the wisdom of forming the National Park in the 1960's, few will disagree now about the blessing that it has been, especially in preventing over development and in teaching an appreciation for Cape Cod's natural resources. The bicycle trails that the seashore maintains are among the best on the Cape. The trails described below, closest to home, are ones that we have taken and recommend. There's plenty to do for the non-bikers in your party, too.

TIP: Walk on the left side against oncoming traffic but bike on the right with traffic.

 

Bike Rental

You can rent bikes at shops in Wellfleet or Provincetown.

In Wellfleet:

Idle Times Bicycles, 270 State Hwy Rt. 6................................ 508-349-9161

In Provincetown:

Arnold's Where You Rent Bikes, 329 Commercial St ….…….. 508-487-0084

P'town Bikes, 42 Bradford St. ..................................................  508-487-8735 

Gale Force Bikes, 144 Bradford St  …………………….………. 508-487-4849

 

The Salt Pond Trail takes you over gently rolling hills once occupied by the Nauset Indians as well as by early settlers on Cape Cod. There are many views to Coast Guard Beach and the old Coast Guard Station, views that only bicyclists and walkers can enjoy. The path crosses the great Nauset Marshes on a wooden bridge, and ends on the bluff at Coast Guard Beach. Here there is an unforgettable view to the east over the Atlantic. Bike racks are provided and the beach itself is a certain invitation. It was at this beach that Henry Beston lived for a year in a small shack, writing the famous book "The Outermost House", and it was here that during the blizzard of 1978 several homes, a bathhouse and the large parking area were destroyed, never to be replaced. The surf is high here, and it is still relentlessly cutting away at the coast. The trail is a must for all bicyclists on the Cape and is only moderate in difficulty, a fabulous place for a day's picnic.

 

The Provincelands Trails are a certain favorite for Cape bicyclists, although most agree that they are difficult bicycling, as they follow the hilly terrain over all its ups and downs and have sharp curves in spots. The hilly paved bike trail loops around the 4,000 acres of Province Lands, winding through and over the undulating dunes of Provincetown and over successions of land spits, each one formed north of its predecessor to form the entire Provincetown area. You'll pass cranberry bogs, marshland and several ponds.

 

From protected, shallow ponds to exposed dunes, from stunning views to the mainland, to access to fine sand beaches at Herring Cove and Race Point, these trails offer much. Bicyclists should be certain to stop at the Provincelands Visitor Center, atop which is an observation platform with panoramic views of all the surrounding area, Cape Cod Bay, and the mainland. Find the trailhead at the Provincelands Visitors Center; several shorter routes, each less than a mile in length, head off from the loop trail to Herring Cove Beach, Race Point Beach and to Bennett Pond. Additional parking and access to the main loop trail is provided from any of these locations.

 

The Head of the Meadow Trail is a very level trail that takes you along the edge of the Salt Meadow to the Head of the Meadow Beach, both in Truro. This pleasant four mile round trip runs between two interesting geological areas, the high hills to the south that mark the end of the glacial deposits that formed Cape Cod thousands of years ago, and the sand deposits (dunes area to the north) that have since created the entire Provincetown area. The trail is part of the 19th century "old road" to Provincetown and follows the very same route that Thoreau took during his travels along Cape Cod. The bikeway makes its way past salt marshes and amid dunes and bluffs. Park in the lot of Head of the Meadow Beach or at the end of High Head Road

Dance, Exercise & Biking

Text Box: The Laurel, Truro, Cape Cod
A private, carefree vacation home rental for you and your guests

Julie’s classes are great if you want a serious work out, or an easy way to get healthy, or a wonderful place to meet new folks! See YOU on the dance floor soon! Call 508-237-8778 or visit Julie’s website

 

Zumba, Salsa Dancing, Line Dancing, Kids’ Birthday parties, you can find all these and more on the lower cape! Teaching year round classes since 2009, Julie Rich brings her enthusiasm for dance THEIR FEET! Julie’s classes are combined with certifications in Group Fitness, providing a place for everyone to MOVE THEIR FEET!