This trail is a favorite for cyclists, even though the route can be challenging at times because of its undulating hilly terrain. The paved network traverses much of Province Lands’ 4,000 wild acres, winding through the quiet dunes of Provincetown and their unique coastal environment.
Along the path you’ll explore cranberry bogs, marshes and skirt several saltwater kettle ponds too. From breathtaking marshland to exposed dunes to expansive shore views, these trails offer spectacular scenery. An added convenience is direct access to both Race Point and Herring Cove beaches.
During 2008-2009, a 3.2-mile section of these trails was renovated for safety and general improvements. A notoriously hazardous steeply graded stretch was removed and rerouted. Race Point Light also received a new overlook pullout. Additionally, two timber retaining walls were rebuilt and new ones added. Finally, both tunnels were retrofitted with warning beacons and signage to alert visitors of hazards.
During winter 2014-2015, both bicycle bridges between Race Point Rd. and the entrance to Herring Cove Beach were renovated with concrete box culverts to increase overhead clearance for bicyclists passing under Province Lands Rd. This construction was part of a larger project that included repaving 2.4 miles of Province Lands Rd. and realigning the Herring Cove Beach parking lot entrance.
Parking & Directions
Ample parking is available at the Visitor Center year-round. There are approximately 100 spaces in the front lot facing the observation deck and main building. Cyclists are encouraged to park here, as the trail begins at the top of the hill on the far side of the observatory. Route maps can be picked up at the trailhead entrance.