Popular Bike Rides on Nantucket Island
Here is a list of areas to visit as you explore Nantucket by bike, automobile or on foot.
These self guided tours lead you on paved roads and dedicated bike paths to popular destinations throughout the island.
We have included some points of interest for you to enjoy along the way.
Please plan accordingly for variables in the weather and seasonal changes for dining and other facilities.
Siasconset ('Sconset to the locals) is a beautiful village on the eastern edge of Nantucket Island. There you will see Sankaty Head Lighthouse, dynamic bluffs and beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean and narrow streets lined with rose covered cottages. Public bathrooms, a few eating options and a small market are available in season.
The "Sconset bike path starts about one mile from the center of Nantucket Town at The Rotary traffic circle. ( intersection of Orange Street, Old South Road and Milestone Road) Make the Polpis bike path part of this trip and complete "The Loop"
Madaket (pronounced mad-a-ket) is at the west end of Nantucket Island. A top choice for beautiful sandy beaches and sunsets. Madaket is a mostly seasonal village of weather worn cottages. In Hither Creek and Madaket harbor you will see many small recreational and some commercial fishing boats.There are no public bathrooms, but there is one restaurant and a small convenience store open in the summer.
The Madaket bike path starts about one mile from the center of Nantucket Town at the top of Main Street or take the Cliff Road bike path that starts at the intersection of Cliff Road and Sherburne Turnpike (yes, Nantucket has a turnpike).
Dionis is your destination for Nantucket's tallest sand dunes and the calm beaches of the north shore. The white powdery sand here is like no other on the island. You can not see the water from the parking lot but it is well worth a short walk up the path for the view alone.
The Dionis bike path starts at the intersection of the Cliff Road and Madaket bike paths.
Surfside is a well known, popular beach on the south shore. Here you will find changing rooms, bath rooms and showers, a small snack bar and lifeguards in summer, exceptional surf fishing, spring through fall and dynamic white sandy beaches and dunes year 'round.
The Surfside bike path starts about one mile from the center of Nantucket Town near the Nantucket High School or connect via the Fairgrounds and Old South Road bike paths from The Rotary traffic circle.
Cisco is a very popular destination for visitors and locals. Home to Bartlett's Farm, Boathouse Farm, 167 Fish Market, the Community Gardens and The Cisco Brewery, it's a wonder anyone makes it to Cisco Beach. Continue to the end of path for south shore surfing, sunbathing and beach combing.
The Cisco bike path starts about one mile from the center of Nantucket Town at the intersection of Milk Street and Hummock Pond Road. Milk Street connects to Upper Main Street at the Civil War Monument. One can also connect from the Surfside bike path via Vesper Lane.
The Young's Self Guided Tour is an exceptional trip around the perimeter of Nantucket Town. Just outside the commercial district, this is a great way to "see" Nantucket. Brant Point Light House, pre-Civil War New England architecture, historic cemeteries and many properties of The Nantucket Historical Association await you along this route. All on paved surface streets (that follow our myriad one way streets), this can be done on foot, in a car or preferably, on a bike.
The Young's Self Guided Tour can only be done with a Young's map. Pick one up at Young's or many other places on the island including the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, Nantucket Visitors and Cultural Center or ask at your inn or hotel.