At the Western end of the Cape Cod Canal, the trail can start at the railroad bridge in Buzzards Bay. The elevating center span bridge was the longest in the country when built. There is ample free parking near the base of the bridge on the mainland side. Trains still cross this bridge, one a sightseeing and dinner train makes several daily trips in the summer season
The canal trail on the west end starts at Buzzards Bay beneath the bridge . Two parking lots are near the bridge, one on the Buzzards Bay side and another across the canal. Access the lot on the south side of the canal at the railroad bridge from Bell Road in Bourne. Lack of signs makes this one hard to find but it is just below the 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 West End
Free Parking for Cape Cod Canal Bike Trails
Parking for the Cape Cod Canal Bicycle Trail on the Western End of the Canal
On the north side,(mainland side of the Cape Cod Canal) free parking at the Railroad bridge . On the south side, the free parking lot near the base of the railroad bridge off Bell Road.
Cape Cod Canal Western End on the Buzzards Bay side, large lot for RV parking
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 free parking lot on the north side (mainland side) of the west end, near the railroad bridge is the best bet for RV parking
A large RV park and campground along the north side of the canal. Bourne Scenic Park
Shawme Crowell State Forest, site 4c
Near the bike trail on south side of the Cape Cod Canal in Sandwich, MA
Reservations .877-422-6762. $14.USD
$12. Residents of MA + a $9.25
transaction fee. 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 Joes Lobster Mart near the marina)
For beginning bikers, note the wind direction as you start out. If it 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 canal to ride both sides. Large free lot on the south side beneath the Bourne Bridge
The Sagamore Bridge in the distance has a walkway accessed from the Friendlys Shop/ Park and Ride area on the north side or from the Christmas Tree Shop on the south side of the canal.
There is a small Free Parking lot below the Sagamore Bridge on the Mainland side.
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.
On Cape Cod or within a day's drive from Cape Cod
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 Cape Cod Canal Museum near the Herring Run.
On the Cape Cod side (south side) of the canal there is a large lot below the Bourne Bridge
Parking also available at the fish pier on the mainland side east end of the Cape Cod Canal in the scusset Beach State Reservation. Fee $10 Mid April to Mid October after 8 AM