Cape Cod Rail Trail | Biking Cape Cod


The Cape Cod Rail Trail is the Trail for Biking Cape Cod

One of the best ways to experience the Cape is to slow down and do it under your own pedal power.  The Cape Cod Rail Trail is paved, relatively flat, and provides amazing access to all the best of Cape Cod.

Cape Cod Rail Trail | Harwich to Coast Guard Beach

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See everything you want to see on this incredible stretch of the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Cross the river and ride through a nature preserve, stop at one of many fresh water ponds to cool off, grab a bite at the multiple local food shacks, bike to the beach, and explore a part of the Cape that mostly goes unseen to the masses.  It is only eighteen and a half miles and very flat.  Not only can you do it, you won’t be able to forget it!

Cape Cod Rail Trail | Getting There

sunset seen through the reeds in Bell's Neck Conservation LandAs you pedal away from the inn you almost immediately enter the Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands; a remarkable stretch of rivers, marshes, and hiking trails.  Depending on your day you may just catch an incredible sunset on the way back through.

A cranberry harvest in process.  Cranberries floating on the surface of the bog being corraled.Turn onto the Cape Cod Rail Trail and pass by the Cranberry Bogs that pop with color at the right time of year.  This is a marvel to see if you can hit it at harvest time.  Millions of cranberries floating on the bog is truly spectacular.

exterior photo of Pleasant Lake General Store, with a few trucks parked outsideNot too far after the cranberry bogs you will  pass by three great fresh water ponds; Hinckleys, Seymour, and Long Pond.  The Cape Cod Rail Trail will actually pass right by the Pleasant Lake General Store with the Local Flavor inside.  If you want a picnic lunch this is a great spot to grab provisions.

a totally calm beach and ocean at sunsetAs you approach Nickerson State Park (read about Nickerson’s legendary Bike Trails here) keep an eye out for Crosby Lane if you want a quick stop at one of Brewster’s best beaches on the Bay.   It is a short ride (5 minutes or less) and always worth a look even if just to see how the sea is different today.

a lobster roll on a tray with a bag of potato chips a drink and a white fork.Seafood shacks are what you expect to find on Cape Cod, watch for the sign that will lead you from the Rail Trail to Cobie’s for lobster rolls or ice cream.  You only have a few more miles until Coast Guard beach and the payoff.  The reality is that your whole day is the payoff, this is a fun, fun day.

a bike sitting by a sign on the cape cod rail trailPull off the Cape Cod Rail Trail at this sign and follow the Nauset Bike Trail to Coast Guard Beach.  It is unwise to step into the woods around here as poison ivy has a firm grasp.  Keep going a bit longer and one of the best beaches on Cape Cod is there to welcome you and cool you off.

people walking down a wooden boardwalk leading to the beachIf you borrowed one of  the inn’s Air Couches, you are set!  Get comfortable and enjoy your reward.  Take it slow coming back, dinner is walkable from the inn and you don’t have anything to do tomorrow but enjoy the day.  A sunset bike ride is another memory you won’t soon forget.

Bikes are complimentary for guests of the Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn and we have everything ready to make your day shine.  Helmets, locks, detachable picnic baskets and water bottles.   Or, the Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn can refer you to the Dennis Cycle Center if you are interested in exploring via e-bike!   Book a stay and let us do the rest for you.

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