Bicycling on Cape Cod
This is a 22-mile asphalt trail with end points at
historic South Dennis to LeCount Hallow Road
at the National Seashore-Marconi Area in Wellfleet.
June 16, 2007, marked the completion of Phase 2 of
a $6.2 million trail reconstruction. The trail was
shortened three miles by building bridges over Route 6, which
eliminated on-road sections. Many other safety improvements
have been made; one being the surface, which is now
consistently 10 feet wide. There's also expanded
parking and much more.
Activities allowed are: Walking, horseback riding,
biking, cross country skiing, in-line skating,
and it is wheelchair accessible.
A good place to park is at the Nickerson Sate Park in
Brewster on Highway 6A. This is just about the half-way
point of the trail.
In addition to quaint villages, this wonderful
trail passes through pine woods and salt
marshes, by cranberry bogs and freshwater ponds. We
thoroughly enjoyed the variety of birds: Eastern Bluebirds,
Baltimore Orioles, Gold Finches, Red Birds, etc.; however,
the greatest thrill was the swans. We're
not experts, but we think they were Whistling Swans.
They were huge, by far the largest we had ever seen.
One had six small ones swimming in a row behind
her and the other was sitting on her nest on a raised bog in
Another thing we enjoyed on this trail was an
old graveyard right beside the trail near Wellfleet. If you
enjoy reading the epitaphs on ancient tombstones, you'll
love this one. Some are so weathered that they
cannot be read, but we could make out the wording
on several dated in the 1700's.
Someone there suggested that we not stop when the trail
ended at LeCount Hollow Road, but turn right on that
road for a short distance and then ride up
Ocean View Drive. Since there was very little traffic, we
took that advice and thoroughly enjoyed the view of
the hills with the wind blowing the tall grass
and the ocean far below. It looked like a scene in a movie.
We would recommend this trail to anyone. It's a great
reason to visit beautiful Cape Cod. Don't miss it if
you are in the area.
Please be aware that this site is not sponsored by
the Cape Cod Rail Trail management.
It is simply our endorsement of a trail that
we enjoyed and want people to know about. To obtain further information
about the trail, you may refer to the
Cape Cod Bike Book, website;