Old Colony Rail Trail

Harwich, Massachusetts

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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.
Discover Cape Cod

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Discover Cape Cod

by Michael O'Connor (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

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.

©  Michael O'Connor/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Harwich
Distance: 15
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Riding Time: 6 hours
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Colony Rail Trail

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May 2018