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Cape Cod Rail Trail free

Mid and Outer Cape | Official website
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  • Type: Recreation, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.7)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Popular with bikers, rollerbladers and horseback riders, this 22-mile paved trail is a breezy ride through the Lower Cape's diverse ecosystems. Previously known as the Old Colony Railroad corridor, the Cape Cod Rail Trail is considered one of the best bike trails in New England. 

Many outdoor enthusiasts highlight the trail as one of the best ways to experience the natural attractions across the Cape. "The ride was smooth and inclines were minimal. Plus, the views are absolutely gorgeous. I recommend riding all the way through to the National Seashore," offered one TripAdvisor user.

Some of the Cape's best beaches and ponds are scattered throughout the area, especially in Orleans and Wellfleet. Unique snack shacks and lunch spots are perfect pit stops when your stomach starts to grumble. And don't forget to explore the area's smaller villages for a taste of the Old Cape.

The trailheads — open 24/7 — are situated in Dennis and Wellfleet, with a Harwich-Chatham spur that brings you to Chatham Center. There is a $6 vehicle fee to park in Dennis or Wellfleet if you have out-of-town license plates ($5 for Massachusetts vehicles), but there's plenty of free parking along the way if you want to jump on in the middle — Orleans Center makes a great starting point. For a trail map and other information, check out the website

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