Shining Sea Bikeway Timeline
Origins of the BikewayThe Shining Sea Bikeway extends 10.7 miles, from County Road in North Falmouth to the Steamship Authority's Ferry terminal in Woods Hole, a historic seaside fishing village and the site of several major research institutions.
The Bikeway was officially dedicated in 1975 as a community project, and follows prehistoric trails of the Wampanoag Indians. The Wampanoags, a tribe of the Algonquin nation, were non-aggressive people and notable seafarers, who regarded themselves as a part of the whole of Nature. They sustained themselves on the natural resources they found here; a plentiful diet of shellfish, fish, game, wildfowl, berries, roots and nuts. In 1620, Wampanoag Tribal Chief Massasoit greeted Pilgrims, the first substantial wave of European immigrants.