At the Western end of the Cape Cod Canal, on the south side in Bourne, the trail starts at the railroad bridge, an elevating center span that, when built,was the longest in the country. Trains still cross this bridge, one a sightseeing and dinner train makes trips in the summer season
The canal gives boat and ship access to Buzzards Bay and Long Island Sound. Two small parking lots are near the bridge, accessed from Bell Road in Bourne. Lack of signs makes this one hard to find.
Free parking at both ends of the canal and a large lot in the middle give good access to nearly 14 miles of paved bike trails along the south side of the Cape Cod Canal
Walkway Over the Bourne Bridge, Cape Cod, Bike & Walking Trail
Walk over the
for a great view
Cape Cod Canal
Cape Cod Bike Trail, South Side
Walk Over The Cape Cod Canal on the Bourne Bridge to use both sides of the Cape Cod Canal Bike and walking Trail
Free parking at the Railroad bridge. A large lot on the Buzzards Bay side and two small lots on the Cape Cod side.
Free large vehicle parking beneath the railroad bridge near Buzzards Bay Village. Free lot beneath the Bourne Bridge, and free parking at the (east end) Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center.
Cape Cod Canal South Side
Walkers, roller bladers, runners, and bikers have nearly seven miles of flat paved trail to use on each side and there is plenty of free parking, Cape Cod Canal Trails run the north and south sides of the Canal make biking, wheelchair, carriage dog walking and rollerblading safe and fun.
A large free parking lot beneath the Railroad bridge on the Buzzards Bay side is the best bet for RV parking
Aptucxet Trading post a museum and recreated house of the early colonial era is better accessed for the bike trail for large RV drivers.
Shawme Crowell State Forest,
Near the bike trail on south side of the Cape Cod Canal in Sandwich, MA
$12. Residents of MA + a $9.25
transaction fee, Otherwise register at the gate to avoid the fee Length limit 35 feet
The paved bike trail runs for 6.6 miles on the South side of the Cape Cod Canal for flat and safe off-road biking and great family biking, roller blading, walking, and dog walking.
Free parking at lots along the way make it easy for those that want a short trip. Large rig parking is best at the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center on the south side east end at the overflow parking lot. ( parking beside Joes Lobster Mart near the marina) or beneath the Bourne Bridge and the Railroad Bridge near Buzzards Bay village.
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. Look for 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.
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 Cap 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.
Windmill replica at Aptucxet Trading Post Museum, Bourne
A Walkway Over the Bourne Bridge at Cape Cod allows Bike and Walking Trail Access to Both Sides of the Cape Cod Canal. Walkers, roller bladers, runners, and bikers have nearly seven miles of flat paved trail to use on each side with plenty of free parking.