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 in Harwich, 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 own bike trails, its campgrounds, picnic areas, ponds for swimming, and thousands of acres of woodlands.
Gorgeous lake and cranberry bog views, woodlands, Nickerson State Park, and the National Park are right along the trail. Just a short distance off the trail are many places to eat, to shop, to swim, or just to enjoy the scenery of the Cape. The Cape Cod Rail Trail has become a "must-do" for bicyclists on the Cape.
From Yarmouth to Wellfleet, there are things to see and do along the Rail Trail, from great views to quiet beaches to lots of food! In Harwich, gorgeous pond views invites us all to take a rest! And in Brewster, Nickerson State Park with its own bike trail system beckons us all for a short picnic or fresh water swim. Rock Harbor 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 short distance south of the trail in Orleans center. And of course, Orleans center itself is a great place to rest, shop, and dine. And 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. Because of this, stay with your children and be sure to walk, not ride, across main roads. Try not to be tempted to set distance records. Instead, use our guide and try to really stop to see some of the things along the Trail.