The Shining Sea Bikeway, Falmouth, Cape Cod

The Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth, Cape Cod

-----Doesn't that name just speak to you? How could anyone NOT want to enjoy this Rails to Trails pathway?

While we don't have a Sea to Shining Sea trail here on the mid-Peninsula or in the Silicon Valley, we do have some wonderful places to ride, both by the bay and in the hills. Ask, and I'll point you in the right direction to a trail that's right for you.

The delightful Falmouth trail gets its name from the words of Falmouth's famous resident, Katherine Lee Bates, who wrote the poem, America the Beautiful. It is a 10.7mile pathway that goes between North Falmouth to the ferry terminal at the fishing village of Woods Hole, home to several major research institutions. It passes through salt marshes, cranberry bogs, ponds and woodlands, and passes by sandy beaches at several different points.

On our recent family vacation on Cape Cod I found myself enjoying this pathway 3 different times:

  1. the first time four of us rode from downtown Falmouth to Woods Hole.
  2. the second time my husband and I went early one morning and rode across town and then on the pathway to the north end of the trail.
  3. my third venture was our last day of vacation, when I took our 8 year old granddaughter to ride on the trail. (She had just mastered the art of riding a bike, and desperately wanted to ride on the pathway like we older folks did--she rode about 2 miles, with me running alongside and behind--quite a workout for me, and a successful journey for her.)

These videos clips are a couple I took during my morning ride with Gene.


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 9 commentsLottie Kendall • August 28 2010 05:25PM


Lottie, I hope you are enjoying your well deserved vacation!

Posted by Carla Dimond, (Silicon Valley) (CATARRA) over 8 years ago

Wasn't the Cape beautiful?  I assumed you ate Maine lobsters. stuffed quahogs and fried clams.....the whole clam not the strips....yummy....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 8 years ago

Hi Carla -- it was a great vacation--extended family in a rented house on Cape Cod. Any chance you're going to Rain Camp San Jose? Let me know, and I'll look for you!

Barbara - the Cape is fantastic--we had a ball--so much food that I've joined Roger Mucci's take-it-off group!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago
That's an awesome trail name! We have a wonderful series of trails here in Thurston County, WA - but not such a poetic name. Ours is the Chehalis Western trail, named after the former railroad that used the corridor to haul logs to the water for transport. Now a paved walking/jogging/bicycle trail though - & we love it!!
Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

Hi Nancy - the whole Rails to Trails movement has added marvelous opportunities all over the country. It's nice to hear about yours.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago

Lottie, thanks for introducing us to the Rails to Trails movement and the great video of Sea to Shining Sea Bike Trail.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) over 8 years ago
Lottie Great Post. You made me miss the Cape. I used to live in Mass and I've gone all the way to Province Town many times. I love the food and beautiful senery. You brought it all back for me! New England home sick!
Posted by Karen Barbour, Cary, NC ePro (Access Homes NC) over 8 years ago

That is one beautiful bike path, Mary Kay.

Karen, I would have loved to explore the Cape more. However, most of my time was spent with the kids, and biking around locally. We had a great time.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago

Lottie - lovely trails ..... you had me going with the rails to trails ..... I thought you had a similar program to our Bike Train

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 8 years ago