Looking for an active way to spend the afternoon on your next Cape Cod vacation? When the sun is shining the Cape Cod Rail Trail offers the best of the best when it comes to scenery. The 22-mile trail, suitable for biking, walking, or even in-line skating, provides a true Cape Cod experience as it travels through local villages and along sandy beaches. The trail also cuts past a diverse landscape of salt marshes, pine forests and cranberry bogs. Perfect for veteran bikers or amateurs alike there are plenty of trailheads sprinkled along the route that offer restrooms, food, water and swimming areas. Don’t worry if you forgot to bring bikes down to your Cape Cod lodging, you’ll find a number of trailside shops where bicycle—and even handcycle—rentals are a ease.
Near its western trailhead in South Dennis, the trail is at its busiest, this is also the easiest place to begin if you are staying at a Yarmouth hotel or mid cape accommodations. The first 4 miles offer ample opportunities to picnic, stop for ice cream, or detour to other trails and towns for a peek. The trail then continues through the Harwich Wildlife Sanctuary, Nickerson State Park, and all the way to the National Seashore. There are also many links to associated trails and detours to other towns and beaches. Each trail can provide a great section to ride for a day, or link up and cover the whole trail throughout your Cape Cod vacation.