Old Colony Rail Trail

Brooks Park, Massachusetts

Elevation Gain1ft
Trailhead Elevation57ft
Elevation Min/Max57/57ft
Elevation Start/End57/57ft

Old Colony Rail Trail

Old Colony Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. It is within Thompson Field and Brooks Park. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 57 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of one foot. Near the trailhead there are a wetland and a wetland. Island Pond and other wetlands, Thompson Field, Huckleberry Land Lots 2 And 3, Huckleberry Land Lots 2 And 3, and other conservations, and the Old Colony Rail Trail parking can be seen along the trail. There are also parkings, wetlands, and farms along the trail. Near the end of the trail are a wetland, an information map, and bicycle parkings. This trail connects with the following: Old Colony Rail Trail Connector.

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"The Old Colony Rail Trail (OCRT) starts at the Harwich Bike Rotary and connects the Cape Cod Rail Trail to points in Harwich and Chatham. This ride can be started from either end or combined with Ride 17 to make a longer ride, although there is no vehicle parking at the Harwich Bike Rotary (nearby parking at Brooks Park). It’s a relatively easy and flat ride, with a few short climbs and descents, good for families and kids.

The Old Colony Rail Trail (OCRT) is the newest extension of rail trail connecting the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) to Chatham via Harwich, and was completed in 2004. Starting at the Harwich Bike Rotary, the trail goes east through Harwich Center to Crowell Road in Chatham, and then cyclists can take back roads to Veteran’s Field, the Chatham Railroad Museum, and Main Street in Chatham.

Start this ride connecting from any point on the CCRT, at the Harwich Bike Rotary in Harwich. Follow the sign for Old Colony Rail Trail heading east to Harwich Center, and pass by Island Pond Conservation Area, followed by the Island Pond Cemetery, on the left. The trail goes slightly uphill here through the woods."

"This former rail line reached Chatham in the 1880s, primarily to promote tourism; by the 1930s, the last trains were running to the elbow of the Cape, victims of the automobile (and tourist-filled busses).

The Harwich section was revived as a rail trail 60 years later. Today you can pedal an undulating route that parallels Queen Anne Road into the center of Chatham. Park and explore the town—choose from an array of shops, galleries, and restaurants; then enjoy a leisurely return to Harwich."

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Trail Information

Brooks Park
Nearby City
Thompson Field
Arrow Street Atlas: Cape Cod including Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket, p. 57
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Oct 2018