Cape Cod Rail-Trail

Harwich, Massachusetts

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Among the most scenic recreation trails in Massachusetts and a favorite with cyclists and day hikers, the Cape Cod Trail provides access to beaches, fresh water ponds, cranberry bogs and wild wetlands, quiet villages, and some of the best bird watching in the state. Anglers may want to try their luck on North Pond, where bass and panfish can be caught from shore. Surface: Asphalt. Location: Barnstable and Howard Counties. Location: Barnstable and Howard Counties.
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Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

by Cynthia Mascott (The Globe Pequot Press)

Among the most scenic recreation trails in Massachusetts and a favorite with cyclists and day hikers, the Cape Cod Trail provides access to beaches, fresh water ponds, cranberry bogs and wild wetlands, quiet villages, and some of the best bird watching in the state.

Anglers may want to try their luck on North Pond, where bass and panfish can be caught from shore. Surface: Asphalt. Location: Barnstable and Howard Counties. Location: Barnstable and Howard Counties.

©  Cynthia Mascott/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Harwich
Distance: 26
Trail Type: Shuttle
Surface:
Access: Easy
Best Times: Open year round
Additional Use: Swimming, Skating
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Cod Rail-Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/10/2010
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Very nice trail. Paved from end to end! Lots of stopping points to either take in the sights, or have a bite to eat! I would recommend it is a nice easy trail for a pleasurable ride!


9/19/2009
0

Fairly level, great views, well marked and in very good shape. We went from end to end. Trail is 24 miles each way. At north end, exit and go right to beach. ½ mile each way, the beach is a great place to see the ocean. Bring a camera for the great scenes. We used iPhone compass/Map feature to track were we where and it was a good help though I don't really understand how you would get lost. We wanted to do full trail in one day so we did not venture off trail into towns so cannot comment how that would be. We hit trail around 10am and completed 51 miles by 6pm with some modest stops for pictures, quick rest and lunch at Arnold's (Zagat rated fast food with high ratings and by the trail with bath rooms) Great Lobster. We highly recommend doing this trail. We had a very cool but clear day in fall. Based on the traffic, I can imagine that during summer, trail can be packed.


7/17/2009
0

Just spent a week at the Cape and rode round trip full length everyday for the exercise. Took me three plus hours to cover the 44 or so miles with water breaks. A very nice trail in good condition overall. I rode the newer Harwich-Chatham part and did not like it as much. It crosses lots of driveways and roads so is much slower and rougher. I recommend extending the ride beyond the Wellfleet end. If you take a right turn and keep going on the road for about a half-mile you will come to a beautiful ocean overlook. The road is a little rougher than the trail, but not bad. If you keep on this road you will eventually get to Provincetown area with only a little part on the highway. It winds but will get you there. Also, strongly recommend lunch at Arnold's. It is crowded at lunchtime, but not bad after 2:00. Try their onion rings !!


8/27/2008
1

It was a wonderful experience butit was not as long as the site says i have a cyclocomputer and i started in denis and clocked it all the way to the end and it showed up as only 23 miles. other than the short lenghth of the trail.


7/20/2008
0

My wife and I have done this trail quite a few time. We do the American Lung Ride also along this path. We do this ride many tine to train for the 168 Ameican Lung and find it very scenic.



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