From Falmouth to Woods Hole, the Shining Sea Bike Path is a popular recreational trail that follows the old Penn Central Railroad line, blissfully bypassing snarly summer traffic. This flat-as-a-pancake path winds beneath canopies of elms and oaks, along the beach, through marshes, and the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary. The path’s name recalls the final line in the song, “America the Beautiful” penned by Falmouth native, Katharine Lee Bates: from sea to shining sea.
Side trails lead to prime birdwatching spots or beach access. It also connects to paths leading to Quissett, Sippewissett, and Old Silver Beach. From the Woods Hole end, parking is easiest at Oyster Pond or Elm road access points.
In North Falmouth park at County Road and Route 151.
In Falmouth, park at Locust Street (at Mill Road — mapped here) and or Depot Avenue.
Pick up a map at the chamber office or a bike rental outfit.