🚴♀️ Roundup: Biking on Martha's Vineyard (2023)
ferry + bus info, trail route recommendations + rental options
MV has plenty of scenic routes for all levels of cyclists. Down-island, there is 44-miles of trails that are mostly flat. Experienced riders can enjoy hilly, curvy, rural routes up island. The perimeter route of the island is over 60 miles so there is a lot of ground to cover! Below, we’ve rounded up some of the logistical info you’ll want to know about biking on MV.
Bringing a Bike to MV
Steamship Authority and Island Queen - Bikes can be brought on board for an additional cost of $4 per way.
Vineyard Transit Authority Busses - local busses accommodate 2-3 bikes at a time at no additional cost, but these can get busy in the summer months or in certain areas, as they are on a first-come-first-served basis. Routes here.
Chappy Ferry - it cost $2 additional to bring a bike over to Chappy with you!
Menemsha Bike Ferry - There is a bike ferry in Menemsha to it runs in season from 9-5 on Saturday and Sundays. It takes you from Menemsha docks, (end of N Rd) to W Basin Rd in Aquinnah.
Bike Rental Options on MV
Bike Trails for Visitors
There is a route map available here.
This map is not fully up-to-date, and many of the bike shops listed above can offer tips and suggestions that are more current.
Best Trails for a Half Day
Riding from Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs to Edgartown is probably your best bet. This offers a dedicated, shared path alongside the road. If you want to add a little distance, consider adding in some of the state-forest or West Chop loops!
Bike Trails for a Full Day
If you’re experienced, you may want to attempt to go up-island to Aquinnah. This is very hilly and does NOT have a dedicated path so you will need to ride with traffic if you’re comfortable. We suggest getting an early start to your day if that’s the case!
Another great option to extend the fun is to ride to Edgartown, then hop on the Chappy Ferry and ride around Chappaquidick!
Best Trails for Kids
Manuel Cornelius State Forest is probably the friendliest since it is not surrounded by cars and has woods on either side and paved paths for kids
The best views are probably Katama/South Beach loop, and along State Beach, both which have dedicated paths and don’t cross major intersections/are out of town.