Map of the Shining Sea Rail Trail


Shining Sea Rail Trail

Shining Sea Rail Trail Massachusettes Rail Trail

Shining Sea Rail Trail


11 miles




North Falmouth, Falmouth


wetlands, beaches, coves, Woods Hole Ferry Terminal


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Regional Trails

The Shining Sea Rail Trail is an 11-mile long paved pathway that is located in North Falmouth and Falmouth in Southeastern Massachusetts. The trail goes past residential neighborhoods, across miles of wetlands, past coves and beaches and ends up at the ferry terminal.


The Shining Sea Rail Trail is paved the entire way and is open for non-motorized use such as bike riding, walking and running. There are several street crossings along the way. there are a couple of short gaps in the trail in Falmouth where trail users need to use local streets to reach the next section of trail.

Points of Interest

The Shining Sea Rail Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary
Snug Harbor
Great Sippenwissett Marsh
Goodwill Park
Falmouth Academy
Falmouth Heights
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Quissett Campus 
Little Harbor
Woods Hole Ferry Terminal
Juniper Point Lighthouse
End Points

The north end of the Shining Sea Rail Trail is located along County Road near Pine Street in North Falmouth.

The south end of the trail is located near Water Street and Crane Street at the Woods Hole Ferry Terminal in Falmouth.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Shining Sea Rail Trail, Massachusetts.