At the Eastern end of the Cape Cod Canal, the trail can start at the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center where parking is free, There is also limited free parking near the power plant at the eastern end, south side of the canal.
Big rig parking at Joe' Lobster Mart.
Across the canal on the mainland side, there is Paid parking ($10) near the fish pier and the breakwater in Scusset Beach State Reservation on the mainland side. Fee mid April to Mid October.
The canal trail on the East End starts at the power plant on the south side or at Scusset Beach on the mainland side.
On the mainland side there is a small free lot beneath the Sagamore Bridge.
Free parking at both sides of the canal give good access to nearly 14 miles of paved bike trails along the Cape Cod Canal
Parking, Cape Cod Canal Bike Trail East End,
Parking for Cape Cod Canal Bike Trails, East End of the Canal
Parking for the Cape Cod Canal Bicycle Trail on the eastern end of the Cape Cod Canal is free on the Cape Cod side in Sandwich at the Cape Cod Canal Museum.
On the north side,(mainland side of the Cape Cod Canal) free parking at Scusset Beach State Reservation before 8 am.
Find free Cape Cod Canal bike trail parking beneath the Sagamore Bridge.
Paid Parking at the Cape Cod Canal Eastern End near the fish pier in Scusset Beach State Reservation after 8 am.
Seven thousand large boats go through the Cape Cod Canal each year, a spectacle for sightseers as tugs and pilot boats go out to escort the tankers and cargo ships through the canal.
A large parking lot on the north side (mainland side) of the East End at Scusset Beach State Reservation, near the breakwater shown right
$10 Mid April to Mid October after 8 am.
A large RV park and campground along the north side of the canal. Bourne Scenic Park
At the East end of the Cape Cod Canal, Shawme Crowell State Forest is near the bike trail on south side of the Cape Cod Canal in Sandwich, MA
$12. Residents of MA + ( a $9.25
transaction fee when booked online)
Otherwise register at the gate Length limit 35 feet
The paved bike trail runs for 6.6 miles on the South side of the Cape Cod Canal and 7.1 miles on the North side. (mainland side).
These paved trails are flat and safe off-road biking, great for family biking, roller blading, walking, dog walking, wheel chair or baby carriage.
Free parking at lots along the way make it easy for those that want a short trip. Large rig parking is best at the west end, north side (mainland side) near the railroad bridge in Buzzards Bay, At the East end Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center on the south side of the canal at the overflow parking lot.
( parking beside Joe's Lobster Mart near the marina)
Fee day parking is available for large rigs at the east end at Scusset Beach State Park (mainland side at the fish pier) where there is a cold-water ocean beach nearby at the east end of the bike trail.
From mid May to mid September RVs can use the jetty parking lot at Scusset Beach
For beginning bikers
Note the wind direction as you start out.
If the wind is at your back you will feel like Lance Armstrong on the way out but coming back will be another story.
Don't go too far on your first trip.
Both the Bourne Bridge on the west end of the canal and the Sagamore Bridge on the east end have sidewalks on one side where you can walk your bike over the Cape Cod Canal to ride both sides.
Large free parking lot on the south side beneath the Bourne Bridge
At the breakwater, stripper fishing is popular on the incoming tide in the morning.
From here at Scusset Beach, the bike trail goes west along the Cape Cod Canal for nearly seven miles.
Access to cross the Sagamore Bridge can be found beside the Friendlys Ice cream Shop/ Park and Ride area on the north side of the canal
There is a small free parking lot below the Sagamore Bridge on the mainland side just down the hill from the Friendlys Ice Cream shop.
Cape Cod Biking
Getting to Cape Cod: Boston is the nearest large city to Cape Cod.
Air service reaches Boston from other major hubs and cities. Rental cars are available at the airport. From Boston take Route 93 to Route 3 and after 60 miles, cross the Cape Cod Canal. Continue on Route 6 for all locations on Cape Cod or go to Route 6A for the slower scenic route through the villages. Routes 6 and 6A join in Orleans and go to the tip of Cape Cod.
Several small commuter airlines serve Hyannis Airport and Provincetown Airport on Cape Cod from Boston, Providence, and New Bedford. Cape Air, US Airways Express, and Linear Air (Hanscom Field Bedford Ma)
Bus service is available from Boston and from Logan Airport. Plymouth and Brockton, Logan Direct serves Hyannis
Bonanza Bus Lines serves Bourne, Falmouth, and the Wood's Hole ferry from Logan Airport
Passenger Boats leave daily from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod (May -September) at Provincetown. Bicycles can go aboard.
A fast cat boat and a slower conventional passenger boat make trips from Boston. Bicycles permitted
A passenger boat makes a daily run from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown.
Fifteen large towns and many small villages make up Cape Cod.
Upper Cape: Along the Cape Cod Canal, the towns of Bourne and Sandwich define the northern limit of the upper Cape
Mid Cape includes Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis. The mid Cape is where you will find Hyannis Airport
Lower Cape includes Brewster, Harwich, and Chatham.
Outer Cape starts in Orleans and includes Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
Parking is available at the mid point of the canal at two locations.
On the north side of the canal, the mainland side, there is a lot beside route 6 and the small Museum near the Herring Run.
On the Cape Cod side (south side) of the canal there is a large lot below the Bourne Bridge
At the East End of the Cape Cod Canal Parking is available at the fish pier on the mainland side within the Scusset Beach State Reservation. $10 fee parking mid April to Mid October Park is open early but the Fee starts at 8:00 AM to accommodate early anglers.
Free parking is offered in a small lot beneath the Sagamore Bridge on the mainland side of the Cape Cod Canal.
Seven dollar day use fee mid April to mid October for parking at the fish pier parking lot or at the jetty lot near the bike trail end at Scusset Beach.
On the south side, free parking at the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center, a short distance east of the power plant at the eastern end of the bike trail
Big rig parking in Joe's Lobster Mart near the Cape Cod Canal Museum at the eastern end in Sandwich
Shawme Crowell camp site
Thousands of large cargo boats use the Cape Cod Canal each year. Tug boats and pilot boats often escort the tankers and cargo ships through the canal.