Our Favorite Nantucket Bike Paths & Self Guided Bike Tours

With miles and miles of smooth pavement stretching to all ends of this beautiful island, Nantucket bike paths are certainly one of the best ways to explore.

Whether you want to see the sights of our historic little town or pack your towel and head to one of our many famous beaches, riding a comfy bike along a scenic path to your destination is sure to be a highlight of any trip to the island.

Check out some of our favorite options for exploring Nantucket by bike below, then make sure to reserve your rental bikes!

Nantucket bike paths map

Young's Self Guided Tour

The Young's Self Guided Tour is a great way to see historic
sites and points of interest around Town.

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 is best done with an old fashioned Young's paper map.

Pick one up at Young's Bicycle Shop 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.

Dionis Via Cliff Road Bike Path

The Dionis Ride is about 6.8 miles roundtrip and takes between
1 and 2 hours to complete.
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 of Nantucket Sound.

Madaket via Cliff or Madaket Road Bike Paths

The Madaket Ride is about 12.4 miles roundtrip and takes around
2 hours to complete.
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 charter fishing boats.There are no public bathrooms, but there is one restaurant and a small convenience store open in the summer.

'Sconset via Polpis or Milestone Bike Paths

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.

Approx. time

2-4 hours.


18.2 Miles Round Trip

Surfside via Atlantic Ave or Fairgrounds 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.

Approx. time

1 - 2 Hours


7 Miles

Cisco via Hummock Pond Road Bike Path

Cisco is a very popular destination for visitors and locals.
Home to Bartlett's Farm, Boathouse Farm, 167 Fish Market, the Sustainable Nantucket 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, swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing.

Approx. time

1 - 2 Hours


7.6 Miles