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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. They also praise how well-marked and clean the trail is, and report that it's mostly flat and easy to navigate. 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 dawn to dusk– are situated in Dennis and Wellfleet, with a Harwich-Chatham spur that brings you to Chatham Center. There is a $10 vehicle fee to park in Dennis or Wellfleet if you have out-of-state 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 Massachusetts government website. For recommendations on bike rentals, check out our Getting Around guide.
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