Cape Cod Canal Bike Paths

Bourne, Massachusetts 2532

Distance5.7mi
Elevation Gain134ft
Trailhead Elevation16ft
Top23ft
Elevation Min/Max3/23ft
Elevation Start/End16/16ft

Cape Cod Canal Bike Paths

Cape Cod Canal Bike Paths is a hiking and biking trail in Bourne, Massachusetts. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 16 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 134 feet. The Keene St Parcel and Cape Cod Canal Access conservations and the Bourne Recreation Area picnic site can be seen along the trail. There are also cliffs, a wetland, restrooms, and a wetland along the trail.

Cape Cod Canal Bike Paths Professional Reviews and Guides

"Today’s outdoors enthusiasts are following an ancient tradition of travel along this corridor. For centuries, American Indians followed the Manamet River and other tidal waterways that laced the narrow isthmus connecting what is now mainland Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

This family-friendly trip on nicely flat terrain follows the recreation path on the canal’s south side from the Bourne Bridge east beyond the Sagamore Bridge to East Basin and Sandcatcher Recreation Area, where the canal meets Cape Cod Bay in Sandwich."

"At just under 8 miles long, and averaging 600 feet wide, the Cape Cod Canal, which was planned to accommodate vessels drafting less than 30 feet, offers more productive striper spots for its area than any other location on the Striper Coast. Indeed, the four hot spots listed here are intended only to represent dozens more unlisted Canal locations, because I dare not consume too many pages of this work with the Canal alone.

Today, a high percentage— though certainly not all—of Canal anglers are content to wait beside a chunk-baited rod. Those who do this, and I have no problem with it, will argue that chunking is what works best. I submit, however, that this is a case of self-fulfilling prophecy. If there is a failing to this kind of baitfishing, it is that it fails to cover water and it lacks mobility. This eTrail contains 4 different surfcasting locations for striped bass including Herring Run, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Mud Flats, and East End."

"From the west bank looking across the water riders can see other trail users and a vast array of greenery. When riding down the east bank houses can be seen dotting the shoreline, and the road is visible in a few places. The landscape is much higher on the west bank and the sandy hills provide a nice backdrop for photos of the majestic houses perched on top.

The only trail hazards are the wind, which whistles through the canal and can stop your bike in its tracks, and the clam shells scattered along the pavement. Overall this is a beautiful ride, offering some great scenery and a glimpse into how man sometimes succeeds when he tries to control nature. Terrain: Paved bike paths, main roads, and sidewalks."

Cape Cod Canal Bike Paths Reviews

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10/29/2001
If your a visitor to the Cape, this is highly recommended. But, a very easy flat, paved ride with a lot of people on the weekends.
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Oct 2018