Falmouth offers the best continuous waterside running on the Cape. There are terrific roads with great views of Vineyard Sound, from Woods Hole to East Falmouth. There are two sections, which are adjacent but separated by Falmouth Inner Harbor.
Surf Drive & Shining Sea Bikeway. A scenic waterfront run between Nobska Light in Woods Hole and the end of Surf Dr., before it turns up to Rd. 28. It’s up to 3 miles one-way. From Nobska Lighthouse, the route combines Nobska Rd., Fay Rd., & Surf Dr., with a section along the Shining Sea Bikeway. Great water views the whole way! Add-On: Continue north on the Shining Sea Bikeway, which peels off this route at the east side of Oyster Pond.
Grand Ave./Menauhant Ave/Great Pond. Near Falmouth Heights Beach, it is 3.3 miles one-way along Grand Ave. and then Menauhant Ave. to East Falmouth at Central Ave., with great views to Vineyard Sound on one side and several ponds on the other. As part of this route, we also recommend adding Great Bay St., which is a gravel pedestrian path running along Great Pond for 1 mile. Great views!
One could run 8.6 miles one-way from Nobska Light to the end of Menauhant Ave., though 2.3 miles are inland, connecting the two sections. The roads are safe for running, traffic-free or sidewalks. MAP OF CONNECTOR
- Nobska Light in Woods Hole to the end of Surf Dr: 3 miles one-way; Grand Ave. & Menauhant Ave.: 3.3 miles one-way, with Great Pond add-on of 2 miles out and back
- Various start points depending on route/section chosen
- Several parking options