Riding the Rail – the Cape Cod Rail Trail

As I was watching the bike riders, for the Pan Mass Challenge, on Sunday, it occurred to me that it must be a beautiful ride along 6A. This started me thinking of other scenic areas and trails to ride bicycles. The Cape Cod Rail Trail and the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway are very popular and scenic bike trails.

The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a 22 mile trail that travels through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Eastham and Wellfleet. The trail travels the same path, as the Old Colony Railroad tracks of 1848 connecting Boston to Sandwich and by 1873 the track extensions connected all the way to Provincetown. This allowed visitors’ to travel throughout Cape Cod and it also provided a means for food and other necessary items to be transported. The importance of the railroad continued up until 1935, when bridges were built allowing cars to travel over the Cape Cod Canal, reducing the need for the railroad. As you ride along the Rail Trail some of these train tracks are still visible.

One of the attractions to the Cape Cod Rail Trail is its’ paved surface, few hills and well marked automobile crossings making it one of the most popular bike trails. There are many opportunities to leave the trail to enjoy the beach, get something to eat at the Andale Café in Harwich or just sit and relax. If you don’t have a bicycle, don’t let that stop you. Barbara’s bike rental is located at the start of the rail trail.

The other bike trail I mentioned is the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, which is approximately 7 to 8 miles long and follows the canal through sections of Bourne and Sagamore. The trail also features a wide road with slight inclines. As with the Rail Trail, there are places to stop to relax or just to enjoy the scenery.

The Historic Inns of Cape Cod Bay invites you to stay with us and choose one of the scenic trails. You won’t be disappointed.

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