Cape Cod Rail Trail
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is aptly named; it follows the railroad bed of the Old Colony Railroad which ran the length of Cape Cod well into the 1900s. As trains fell out of fashion, and the rails into disrepair, the trail was repurposed into a miles-long bikeway. Because it was a railroad bed, the Cape Cod Rail Trail is virtually free of hills making it a great ride for families with young children. Originally opened in 1979 and then expanded with a new spur running from Harwich Center down into Chatham, the trail typically gets more than 400,000 users a year. It winds through woods and past working cranberry bogs, and past saltmarshes and lakes. Wildlife sightings are to be expected! Nearby bike rental shops include Dennis Cycle Center, just over the Harwich town line in Dennis. In Brewster, where the trail winds through Nickerson State Park, you’ll find Brewster Bike and Rail Trail Bike & Kayak Shop. All of these rental shops are located directly on the trail so you just park your car and start pedaling! If you’re planning on making a day of biking, look for restaurants and food carts along the trail. Free parking is offered at eight trailheads.
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