Bike Provincelands bike trail, Provincetown
Cape Cod is blessed with a bevy of paved trails, from the Shining Sea Bikeway that extends from Falmouth to Woods Hole to the Cape Cod Canal Bike Path that snakes under the Sagamore and Bourne bridges to the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail that meanders through the middle of the Cape from South Dennis to Wellfleet. Many bike trails, like the CCRT, are former railroad lines with little or no grade. If you have a hankering for hills (not to mention ocean views), head to the 8-mile-long Province Lands Bike Trail at the tip of the Cape. The roller coaster route dips in and out of dunes, weaving through scrub-pine forests and along beaches in one of the most unique bike paths you will ever ride. The loop starts at Herring Cove Beach and heads inland through Beech Forest, where the trees are often home to colorful warblers. Before sweeping downhill to the Province Lands Visitors Center, stop and look at the mounds of sand as they roll to the ocean—the Cape Cod National Seashore at its finest.