MARTHA'S VINEYARD BIKE PATHS:

MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MASSACHUSETTS

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Last Updated:      July 7, 2010

Length:                Vineyard Haven Ferry to Oaks Bluff Ferry [including on-road]; 2.9 miles

                                       B Beach Road Bike Path; 1.4 miles when complete

                              Oaks Bluff Ferry to Edgartown (Main/Upper Main St) [including on-road]; 5.5 miles      

                                      D Beach Road/Seaview Ave Bike Path; 4.3 miles          

                              Vineyard Haven Ferry to Edgartown (Main/Upper Main St) [including on-road]; 7.5 miles

                                      A Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road Bike Path; 7.1 miles

                                      C Country Road Bike Path; 3.2 miles    Have not done this path.

                              Edgartown (Main/Upper Main St) to South Beach SP [including on-road]; 3.2 miles           

                                      E Katama Road Bike Path; 2.6 miles    Have not done this path. 

                                      F Herring Creek Road Bike Path; 2.2 miles    Have not done this path. 

                              Edgartown (Main/Upper Main St) to West Tisbury [including on-road]; 8.2 miles           

                                      G Edgartown-West Tisbury Road Bike Path; 7.3 miles    Have not done this path. 

                                      H State Forest Loop; 9.8 to 11 mile Loop [includes parts of G & I].    Have not done this path.

                                      H* State Forest NE Corner Loop; 2.8 mile Loop [includes part of I].    Have not done this path.

                                      I Barnes Road Bike Path; 2.5 miles    Have not done this path.

Difficulty:            Vineyard Haven to Edgartown; Moderate. Paved, hilly path. 

                              Edgartown to Oaks Bluff; Easy. Paved flat path.

                              Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven; Moderate. On-road with some hills.

Directions:

To take the ferry from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven Terminal; Take Route 28 south to Falmouth, then bear right on Locust St, which becomes Woods Hole Rd. This brings you right to the ferry. For more information visit; THE STEAMSHIP AUTHORITY .

There are several multi-use paths on the island of Martha's Vineyard and they all, with the exception of the State Forest Loop Trail, follow alongside roads. They are concentrated along the eastern side of the island, with the State Forest Loop Trail located in the center of the island. The western end of the island has no multi-use trails. There are many on-road routes throughout the island and you'll need to utilize on-road routes to connect between multi-use trails and the ferries. 

We biked a Loop from Vineyard Haven to Edgartown to Oaks Bluff and back to Vineyard Haven utilizing the bike paths and on-road routes. There are several ferries over to the island, the closest one leaves from Woods Hole, MA. You can take your bike on the ferry and easily plan a day trip as the ride over is only 45 minutes long. We utilized the SHINING SEA BIKEWAY in Falmouth which brings you right to the Woods Hole Ferry and took the ferry to Vineyard Haven. The ferry also goes to Oak Bluffs, so you can return from either port. For more information visit; BIKING MARTHA'S VINEYARD .

Starting from the Vineyard Haven Ferry; After exiting the ferry continue straight out to Water St and head left along this congested narrow street. Quickly come to Beach Road. [5 Corners]

Vineyard Haven to Oaks Bluff Ferry; Head left on-road along Beach Rd. We Looped back this way. 

Vineyard Haven to Edgartown; Continue straight onto Lagoon Pond Rd. This road is low volume and much more bike friendly. This brings you out along Lagoon Pond. Hang a right up Skiff Ave and travel up a long gradual hill before coming to Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd at 1 mile. Use the cross-walk, then travel left utilizing the wide shoulder before coming to the off-road Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road Path at 1.4 miles next to Sanborn Way. This path follows alongside the road and is a bit hilly. Not much for scenery either. Basic point A to point B type trail. After 3.1 miles you come to a traffic circle for Barnes Rd.

Note; The Barnes Road Bike Path heads right and will bring you to the State Forest Loop. Have not done this path.

Continuing straight you'll pass by County Rd on your left after 4.2 miles. 

Note; Have not done this path. The County Road Bike Path will bring you to Eastville Ave where you head left on-road to Beach Rd. At Beach Rd you can Loop back on-road to Vineyard Haven Ferry for an 9 mile Loop. 

Continuing straight you cross the Edgartown town line. As you enter Edgartown, just before you come to the intersection of Beach Rd and Upper Main St at 7.4 miles will be a crosswalk over to the Beach Road/Seaview Ave Bike Path

Note; The Beach Road/Seaview Ave Bike Path takes you to Oak Bluffs. We returned here after exploring Edgartown to continue on to Oak bluffs. See Below for description.

Continuing straight the path follows alongside Upper Main St and takes you past some places to eat along with some bike rental shops. You come to another intersection where a crosswalk takes you over Cookie St and alongside Upper Main St and Cannonball Park where, as the name implies, you'll find lots of cannons and cannonballs. The bike path ends at the intersection of Edgartown-West Tisbury Rd & Upper Main/Main Streets at 7.8 miles.

Note; The Edgartown-West Tisbury Road Bike Path heads right and will bring you to the State Forest Loop. Have not done this path.

Continue straight on-road along Main St. The route is narrow at points, but traffic is slow. You'll come to Pease's Point Way at 8 miles. 

Note: Have not done these paths. To access the Katama Road Bike Path and Herring Creek Road Path that lead to South Beach State Park, head right on-road along Pease's Point Way and you'll come to the start of the Katama Road Bike  Path after 0.5 miles. After 0.8 miles come to the intersection for the Herring Creek Road Bike Path. The Katama Road Path brings you to the eastern side of South Beach State Park at 3.1 miles while the Herring Creek Road Path brings you to the western side of the park at 3 miles. Atlantic Dr connects both paths on-road 0.9 miles so you can Loop back. 

To check out Edgartown's Harbor and Lighthouse, which is about another mile head left along Pease's Point Way (green bike route signs) the road makes a sharp turn right but continues as Pease's Point Way. Turn right down Morse St, then left along Water St. This will bring you to a small overlook of the bay and a footpath down to the Edgartown Lighthouse. To return to Pease's Point Way, I would suggest continuing along Water St and heading left along Starbuck Neck Rd. This route is low traffic and scenic. Turn left when you come to Fuller St which brings you back to Morse St. Right up Morse St then returns you to Pease's Point Way. Head left back to Main St. Turn right on-road along Main St passing by the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road Bike Path on your left before returning to the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road Bike Path & Beach Road/Seaview Ave Bike Path.

Heading north to Oak Bluffs along the Beach Road/Seaview Ave Bike Path; This paved path travels alongside Beach Rd. After 0.9 miles you'll come to Sengekontacket Pond along your left and the sound and beaches on your right. This section is completely out in the open with no shade. You cross Jaws Bridge at 1.9 miles and Oak Bluffs town line. Here the pond and sound flow into one another. The Joseph Sylvia State Beach runs along this section. At 3.2 miles you cross another bridge and leave the beach behind. You head a bit inland passing the Farm Neck Golf Club along your left. Soon you'll travel along a causeway between the sound and Farm Pond (check out the Loch Ness monster in the pond). The bike path ends at 4.3 miles. A crosswalk takes you over to the sound side of the road and along a seawall. A wide bike lane brings you to Oak Bluffs. Reach Waban Park at 4.5 miles on your left and a beach on your right. You now encounter parked cars as you enter the town, thus losing the wide shoulder. A paved path runs along the beach and would be advisable for kids riding bikes, but may be crowded with beachgoers. You then come to Ocean Park on your left. Ocean Ave circles around it (one-way) showcasing all the colorful cottages overlooking the park. You reach the Oak Bluffs Ferry after 5 miles. Head left down Oak Bluffs Ave. Here you'll find plenty of shops and places to eat. After exploring the town continue straight on-road along Lake Ave and past Oak Bluffs Harbor. Cross over a causeway between the harbor and Sunset Lake and you'll come to East Chop Drive on your right at 5.4 miles

Note;  Future plans for building a Bike Path straight along New York Ave, then left along Towanticut St and right on Eastville Ave. This will take you past the County Road Bike Path on your left and out to Beach Rd at 6.5 miles

For a more scenic and less trafficked, but slightly longer ride head right along East Chop Drive up a slight hill before riding high above the sound. Very scenic with unobstructed views. You'll come to East Chop Lighthouse, located on the cliffs above the sound at 6.5 miles. You then head downhill, passing by Crystal Lake on the left. You come to New York & Temahigan Ave's at 7.2 miles. Turn right along Temahigan Ave utilizing a narrow shoulder. Moderate traffic. Turn right when you reach Eastville Ave and you'll come to Beach Rd at 7.6 miles. Turn left along Beach Rd and you'll cross over a draw bridge to Vineyard Haven. Lagoon Pond is on your left. After crossing the causeway you can cross over to the paved Beach Road Bike Path next to a parking lot. 

Note; This is a short path, however it is being extended west to 5 Corners as of Fall 2020. Future plans call for continuing the path east to  Oak Bluffs in 2021.

You now enter the industrial area of Vineyard Haven. You come to the intersection of Lagoon Pond Rd and Water St [5 Corners]. Head right along Water St back to the Vineyard Haven Ferry at 9.1 miles.

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