Nantucket has over 33 miles of bike paths for your biking pleasure…all of these paths are separate from adjacent roads and allow you to see most a majority of this stunning island. While the bulk of the cyclists enjoying the island descend in the summer, we think guests should experience the magic of fall biking on Nantucket. Pictured below is a section of the Cliff Road Path just up the road from the Century House. Traveling west, the path joins Eel Point Road Path, taking cyclists to Dionis Beach; and, Madaket Road Path ending at the Madaket Beach …sites for the most spectacular sunsets on the island. Bicyclists should know that the path to Madaket ever so gently slopes downward, so the journey back to the inn is a tougher ride, especially if it’s evening time when the winds are often against you and the temperature drops.
While the paths are a feature year round, fall visitors discover that the journey is less crowded as the summer season has past. The air is brisk, the autumn hues on the moorlands, the vegetation exquisite, and the ride invigorating. With the shedding of leaves, cyclists can enjoy more enticing vistas, like the duck pond above. Note the bike path in the distance.
Pictured below are a couple who flew in and hopped on their bikes to pedal out the Polpis Road Path taking in the 9.5 mile trail to Sconset Beach enjoying the gorgeous fall colors along the way.
We tell every guest at Century House that cycling is probably the best way to experience the pace and beauty of the island, and that fall on Nantucket is not to be missed. It’s never too early to be planning the ultimate fall getaway, so book a room at Century House, bring your bikes (or rent them on island) and ride, gaze, picnic, and soak in the perfect fall day on Nantucket!