From the Sagamore Bridge and traveling east on US Rt 6 brings you to Dennis and the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This trail keeps you off roads for more than twenty-three (23) miles and traverses swamps, marshes, ponds, and beaches. There are connections to the trails of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Crossing the Bourne Bridge and traveling south on MA Rt 28 brings you to Falmouth. Riding in Falmouth is a sensational experience. No matter what season the bikeway, roads, and trails around Falmouth provide those lucky enough to participate with views, smells, and sounds of a New England coastal community. Falmouth provides public parking, clean restrooms, and varying terrain for riders of all abilities. The landscape includes beaches, cranberry bogs, salt marshes, pine forests, horse farms, marinas, and a lighthouse. The Shining Sea Bikeway is a paved trail that connects West Falmouth to Woods Hole. A 5.5 mile, flat roll through forest, salt ponds, and the beach. The Bikeway is a jewel. On any day a rider can see the same sights that inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write "America the Beautiful." The villages of Falmouth provide the visitor with shops, restaurants, ice cream stands, and lodging. Woods Hole is home to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and the National Marine Fisheries (NMF). The WHOI has an exhibit center located on School St. An aquariumof local marine life is maintained by the NMF on Albatross Street. The Woods Hole Historical Society is located on Woods Hole Road. In Quissett, Spohr Gardens is located. The gardens located on Fells Road of Oyster Pond Road are open to the public. Visit several times a year to observe the ever changing landscape. By the Village Green, you will find the Falmouth Historical Society. The Harbor Loop is a short ride that will introduce the visitor to our town. You can extend this ride in time by turning off at the Falmouth Marine Park to walk among the ocean going yachts docked at Falmouth Harbor. The roads along Vineyard Sound from Quissett to East Falmouth are flat but subject to the prevailing Southwest wind. Check the weather before you bike. Along Buzzards Bay and through West Falmouth, North Falmouth, Hatchville, and the inland parts of East Falmouth the terrain rolls. There are no big hills or long climbs on the Upper Cape so you can leave your granny gear behind. My favorite ride in Falmouth is the Cape Cod Marathon Loop. The Marathon Loop includes beaches, cranberry bogs, and farms that are characteristic of Cape Cod. This cue sheet could be used from the Depot Avenue Parking Lot as a loop ride also. The Nobska to Knob Loop will give cyclists a view of both Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay. From Nobska Point Light House to the rolls hills of Quissett, this ride introduces the rider to the varied landscape of Cape Cod. Bring a lock and takes a short hike to The Knob, the views are worth the half mile walk. Add to this ride a short detour to Spohr Gardens and you will include some gorgeous landscaping. To ride the few hills that we have in Falmouth, try the Hatchville Loop, 21 miles through the farming area of town. For a short loop, try the 8 mile Sippiwessett Loop. This ride has rolling hills with glimpse of Buzzards Bay. The West Falmouth Loop is a mile trip around the Falmouth Town Forest. The North Falmouth Loop takes you on a mile tour of Falmouth's sparkling beaches and harbors. The Woods Hole Loop is a mile ride that includes beaches and a light house. The East Falmouth Loop is a mile ride through the flatter, farming side of town. A great coastal ride is the 28 mile Red Brook Harbor Loop. A great ride in the evening is the Tour of Falmouth, it starts at Chapoquoit Beach parking lot. USE THIS LOT AFTER THE BEACHES CLOSE AT 4 PM. This 28 mile ride takes you through most of the villages of Falmouth. Leave around 5 PM in the summer and you'll end around 8 PM in time to see the sun set into Buzzards Bay.