Cape Cod Rail Trail
Most would agree that the most
popular of the bicycling trails on Cape Cod is the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
While a few portions of the Rail Trail are not especially splendid, it
being, after all, a railroad grade, most sections are quite beautiful,
and some are simply spectacular.
Highlights of the Cape Cod Rail Trail include the famous cranberry bogs
particulary beautiful in the fall, the sunny views at Long Pond and
Seymour Pond, and the adjoining Salt Pond Bike Trail and Visitor Center
in Eastham. In Brewster, the trail goes right to Nickerson State Park
with its campgrounds, picnic areas, pond for swimming,and woodlands.
From South Dennis to Wellfleet!
in Orleans, a busy port for traffic to Boston in the 1800's, offers an
historical perspective as well as stunning views of Cape Cod Bay. It is
just a ways south of the trail in Orleans center. And of
Orleans center itself is a great place to rest, shop, and dine.
not to be missed are the sights along the trail in Eastham and
Wellfleet. Several beaches are accessible by short side routes from the
Rail Trail. And of course, there are always the ice cream shops and
country stores along the way.
Biking on the Rail Trail is
generally quite easy, although be wary of the high volumes of bicycling
traffic and of automobiles at the many cross roads. Stay
with your children because of this.
Most of the bicycling is
very level. Try not to be tempted to set distance records. Instead, use
our guide and try to really stop to see some of the things