Ride These Cape Cod Bike Trails

Cape Cod Bike TrailsGuests of our Chatham bed and breakfast have a multitude of ways to enjoy the beauty of Cape Cod’s landscape. Hiking, beach combing, boating and bicycling are all great ways to get closer to the cape’s natural beauty. Chatham Gables Inn  is located near several popular Cape Cod bike trails for travelers who want to get to know the area on two wheels.  If you need to rent a bike check out this rental guide for several good options.  Whether you decide to bring your bike or rent one, be sure to hit these Cape Cod bike trails during your visit.


Cape Cod Rail Trail and Chatham Rail Trail Extension

This is on of the most popular and well known Cape Cod bike trails around.  The Cape Cod Rail Trail gets its name from the fact that it follows the route of a former railroad for 22 miles.  The trail passes through Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet.   The Cape Cod Rail Trail also has an extension from the Harwich portion to Crowell Road in Chatham.  Flat, well paved surfaces and clearly marked automobile crossings make this Cape Cod bike trail a favorite.


Cape Cod Canal Trail

The Canal Trail is located on the Cape Cod Canal and goes through parts of Bourne and Sagamore.  This Cape Cod bike trail offers great views of boats on the canal along with signature Cape scenery. This is a fairly flat trail of about 8 miles running between the Sagamore and Bourne bridges.


Cape Cod Nickerson State Park Trail Network

This is one of the Cape Cod bike trails that has some hills and curves, along with a few steep hills that may prove difficult for the inexperienced. The double loop trail measures 6.6 miles.  The trail goes through pine and scrub oak forests and points of interest include an old cemetery and several individual trails, including the Ober trail that is a bit isolated and travels the perimeter of Nickerson State Park.


Nauset Marsh Trail

The Nauset Marsh Trail is an approximately 3 mile round trip trail that makes its way through a grove of cedar, pine and oak and rolling countryside.  A wooden bridge goes over the marsh into Salt Pond and ends at Coast Guard Beach.  This is one of the Cape Cod bike trails with the best views of the Atlantic.


Shining Sea Bikeway

This trail is a relatively flat path measuring just under 11 miles in total.  Named for a line in the song “America the Beautiful” by Falmouth native Katharine Lee Bates, the trail follows the route of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad from Buzzards Bay into Falmouth.


After a day exploring these Cape Cod bike trails, a local bed and breakfast is the ideal place to rest and recharge. Chatham Gables Inn’s well appointed accommodations and classic New England charm are unparalleled.  Our gorgeous rooms have all the comforts you look for in a home away from home.  Our luxurious amenities are spa-inspired so you can truly pamper yourself during your stay. When you choose Chatham Gables Inn, you’re Cape Cod experience will be all the more special.


Photo courtesy Alix Guillard.