This beautiful trail now runs from Woods Hole 10.7 miles to County Road in North Falmouth. While tiny, Woods Hole itself is a fantastic destination and opportunity, with several museums museums, the Nobska lighthouse area, and busy science centers providing plenty to see and do. There are many restaurants and stores right in Woods Hole, as well. Falmouth Center also provides many opportunities for visitors.
The Shining Sea Trail runs directly along Martha's Vineyard Sound in some spots - you can literally stop for a swim or picnic right on the beach. The north section of the trail passes the beautiful Sippewisset Marshes and gorgeous views of Buzzards Bay.
Starting just outside Falmouth Center, the Falmouth Shining Sea Trail provides a nice, level ride on an off road bike path between North Falmouth and Woods Hole. The bike trail has recently been extended to the north and will shortly extend all the way to the Cape Cod Canal. This is a fantastic trail with gorgeous views of Vineyard Sound as well as Buzzards Bay.
Following the old Penn Central Railroad grade, the path runs through some beautiful areas and for some distance follows right along the water's edge, with views of Martha's Vineyard on the horizon.
Be sure to see Woods Hole! At the south end, the trail ends at the Woods Hole Steamship Authority parking lot, where it is only a short walk to the sights of famous and quaint Woods Hole. Here you can see the Oceanographic Intitution and its sailing vessels when in port, the National Marine Fisheries and their aquaria which are great fun for the kids, and the famous Nobska light.
From Woods Hole, you can also get the ferries to Martha's Vineyard or to Nantucket. Be especially cautious in Woods Hole, as roads are very narrow and traffic is heavy. Parking is difficult in Woods Hole during the summer. North from Falmouth Center, the trail passes incredible scenery at Little and Great Sippewisset Marshes and West Falmouth Harbor and provides close access to several beaches in West Falmouth, including Chapoquoit Beach.