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Bike the Province Lands Bike Trail

Entrance to the paved bike trail with regulation signage and trees.
Entrance to the Province Lands Bike Trail at the Province Lands Visitor Center.

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There's no better way to start off a day before you go to the beach, or finish off a day of learning at the Visitor Center than to head out for a leisurely bike ride. The Province Lands Bike Trail is one of three bike trails at Cape Cod National Seashore. This 5.45-mile trail loops around the Province Lands, passing through pine forests, sandy dunes, and low-lying cranberry bogs. There are spurs to both Herring Cove and Race Point beaches, as well as Bennett Pond. Enjoy a nice afternoon bike ride and then cool off at the beach!

The Province Lands Bike Trail is paved and accessible, but there are sections with steep grades that may be difficult to navigate. There may be sand or standing water on the trail, depending on weather conditions.

The Province Lands Bike Trail is moderate to advanced in skill, with several steep or sandy areas. Please consider skill recomendations when determining if this activity is appropriate for younger family members.

The trail can be accessed at:
  • Herring Cove Beach (entrance fee in summer)
  • Race Point Beach (entrance fee in summer)
  • Province Lands visitor center (free access)
  • Beech Forest parking lot (free access)

Remember to practice good bike safety!

  • Speed limit is 10 mph.
  • Yield to pedestrians and horses.
  • Ride single file.
  • Stay to the right, except when passing.
  • Helmets required for ages 16 and under, strongly urged for all.
  • Walk bikes through tunnels.
Details
The Province Lands Bike Trail is moderate to advanced in skill, with several steep or sandy areas. Please consider skill recomendations when determining if this activity is appropriate for younger family members.
Leashed pets are allowed on the Province Lands Bike Trail from November 1-April 30. Pets are not allowed on non-paved trails in the seashore. Beaches may be closed to pets, call the park in advance at (508) 255-3421 to find out which beaches are open to pets.
The trails are free, and parking at Beech Forest Trail and the Province Lands Visitor Center parking lots are free year-round. Parking at Herring Cove Beach or Race Point Beach are subject to seasonal fees.
Entrance to the Provice Lands bike trail at the Province Lands visitor center. The trail can also be accessed at Beech Forest (free), Race Point Beach (seasonal fees apply), or Herring Cove Beach (seasonal fees apply).
Seashore trails and parking lots are open from 6:00 am-midnight.
Accessibility Information
The Province Lands Bike Trail is paved and accessible, but there are sections with steep grades that may be difficult to navigate. The trail is about 8-10 feet wide in most sections. There may be sand or standing water on the trail, depending on weather conditions.

Last updated: April 14, 2021