Cape Cod Rail Trail
The Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) is a 22-mile (35 km) paved rail trail located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The trail route passes through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet. It connects to the 6-plus mile (10 km) Old Colony Rail Trail leading to Chatham, and 8 miles (13 km) of trails within Nickerson State Park Map. It also passes near the end of the Nauset Bike Trail leading to Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod National Seashore. Short side trips on roads lead to several other national seashore beaches.... Don't forget there is more biking on Cape Cod. how about a stop at the Canal, and Falmouth has the Shining Sea Bikeway. More information at the Chamber or Commerce
Where does the Rail Trail Go?
The trail begins in South Dennis at an intersection with Massachusetts Route 134. This trailhead has a parking area and is just south of exit 9A on US 6. The first 1.5 miles of the trail run through a primarily industrial area in Dennis. It roughly parallels Great Western Road during this section, crossing it twice.
The trail then enters Harwich as the landscape turns to houses and agricultural land before turning gradually north and intersecting with the Old Colony Rail Trail at a bike rotary between miles 3 and 4. The rotary has maps and benches in its center for users of the trail. North of the rotary, the trail passes through a wooded area and crosses Route 6 via an overpass. Another parking area is located at the trail's intersection with Headwaters Drive, north of Route 6. It crosses Massachusetts Route 124 at mile 5 and runs along it until mile 7, passing several ponds and entering Brewster at mile 6.
The CCRT crosses Massachusetts Route 137 at mile 8 and then runs south of central Brewster. A parking area is located at Route 137, before the trail enters Nickerson State Park just past mile 10. It is in the park for about two-thirds of a mile, intersecting some of its trails, then crosses Massachusetts Route 6A by an underpass as it leaves the park. A parking lot is located near the Route 6A crossing.
There is a new phase on the Mid-Cape Rail Trail Project. Phase I that has completed the 2 new bridges that go over Rt 134 in Dennis and over Station Ave in Yarmouth. Now working on Phase II is the span over the Bass River, you can see them working on it while driving along Route 6 and a short section to North Main St in Yarmouth to be completed next October. Phase III of the trail extension will go from Peter Homer Park on Old Town Rd in Yarmouth to Mary Dunn Rd in Barnstable. Including a bridge over Willow Street and the railroad tracks and at-grade crossings at Forest and West Yarmouth roads and extend the present town trail from the park to Higgins Crowell Rd. (Scheduled to open 2022)
Expansion almost done
Currently the rail trail is expanding for a 3.7 mile extension of the rail trail westward from the current South Dennis trailhead to Peter Homer Park on Old Town House Road in South Yarmouth. The construction has 2 bridges, you will see one completed going across Station Ave in Yarmouth, the other is over the Bass River which was just installed, check out the video. There will be 97-space parking lot off Station Avenue in South Yarmouth
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Updated: 20th April, 2019 4:11 AM.