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April 19th, 2014

Biking and Walking

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Cape Cod Rail Trail -- Mid, Lower & Outer Cape: When freight rail cars stopped rolling around the Cape years ago, someone had the brilliant idea of pulling up those miles and miles of track and paving it over as a bike trail. Now, every year, thousands of cyclists of all ages don their helmets and hop on the Rail Trail. It begins in Dennis: access on Rt 134 -- look for signs across from the Mid Cape Home Center. It roams through forests, fields, marshes and cranberry bogs all the way to Wellfleet. It's a nice, safe place to ride ... but remind your kids to stay on the right! Harwich: access on Rt 124, near the parking area adjacent to Rte 6, or off Great Western Road. Brewster: access and parking on Underpass Road at the Rail Trail Bike Shop, or at Nickerson State Park on Rt 6A. Orleans: access on Main St. beside the Mid-Cape Home Center store or on Rock Harbor Rd. Eastham: access and parking at the Salt Pond Visitor Center, Wellfleet access behind the South Orleans General Store, free parking available.  The terrain is flat and straight, good for walking, biking and horseback riding. There is a gradual slope. 

DENNIS: The Trailhead on Route 134
HARWICH: Headwaters Drive (off Rte. 124)
BREWSTER: Underpass Road (off Rte. 137) ? Nickerson State Park (Rte. 6A)
CHATHAM: Rte. 137 at Rte. 28 intersection ? Winifred Rd, off Old Queen Anne Rd.
ORLEANS: Orleans Ctr, Old Colony Way (off Main St.)
EASTHAM: Salt Pond Visitor Center (Rt. 6)
WELLFLEET: National Seashore at Marconi Area ? LeCount Hollow Rd. (behind So. Wellfleet General Store)
TRURO:  Head of the Meadow Beach Parking Lot ? High Head Rd.
PROVINCETOWN: Nat?l Seashore?s Province Lands Visitor?s Center (Race Point Rd.)

Cape Cod Rail Trail Distance from Route 134, Dennis:
Bike Rotary, Harwich: 4.2
Pleasant Lake Store, Harwich: 5.9
Route 124, Brewster: 8.0
Route 137, Brewster: 8.9
Underpass Rd., Brewster: 9.4
Nickerson State Park, Brewster: 11.6
West Rd., Orleans: 13.4
Orleans Center: 14.2
Orleans Courthouse: 16.3
Locust Rd., Eastham: 19.0
Brackett Rd., Eastham: 20.3
National Seashore Marconi: 23.5
Lecount Hollow Rd., Wellfleet: 24.5

Old Colony Rail Trail (Chatham Extension) from Rte 134, Dennis:
Bike Rotary, Harwich: 4.2
Depot Rd., Harwich: 7.1
Route 137, Chatham: 8.8
Sam Ryder Rd., Chatham: 9.6
Queen Anne Rd., Chatham: 11.1
Crowell Rd., Chatham: 11.7

Nauset Marsh Trail (at Salt Pond Visitor Center), Eastham:
Distance: 1.6 miles

Head of the Meadow, Truro:
Distance: 2 miles

Provincelands Bike Trail:
Distance: 7 miles


Before you start out on your walking adventure in Dennis, be sure to protect yourself and your family from tick bites.  Click here for a helpful brochure from the Barnstable County's Cape Cod Cooperative Ext. Deer Tick Project.

MAP OF DENNIS CONSERVATION AREAS - .PDF maps of walking trails and areas listed below.

Location: At the northern end of Town Hall parking space, through the gate and take the right-of-way path for 1500 feet or a 6 to 10 minute walk. There is a large map sign on the left. Here the trail begins. Come back the same way.
Approximate length: 3/4 mile plus round trip on right-of-way (30 minutes).
Terrain and use: Pine needle path, fine views of Bass River and the marshes. Level and intended to be used for walking, the right-of-way is sand.
Facilities: One bench.

Location: The area consists of 27 acres acquired under the self-help program in 1968. It is 6/10 of a mile from the light at Upper County Road in Dennisport on Route 134 going south. Sign is green with white letters. There are five trails: Trails 1 an d 2 are below the parking space; Trail 3 is north from the parking space; Trail 4 should be considered abandoned ? its signpost is in bad repair and the trail is impassable because of fallen trees and broken bridges. Trail 5 (1/10 mile south) is beautiful woodlands; however, one should be aware of private property, wet ground and broken bridges.
Approximate length: Trail 1 is 20-30 minutes; Trail 2 is 1 minute and leads into Trail 1; Trail 3 is also very short (5 minutes) and leads into Trail 1; Trail 5 is what you want to make it.
Terrain and use: Level and for walking only. Trail is best for hiking.
Facilities: 2 picnic tables, 2 fireplaces, good parking. About half-way around the ponds, the Scouts made little handrails and bridges and cleared the land. There is also a launching area for small sail and row boats.

Location: Off Access Rd. in South Dennis across from the Highway Garage.
Approximate length: 1 1/4 miles in length and is a circular route.
Terrain and use: Level, used for walking, jogging, exercising with the use of exercise apparatus. It is a wide, sandy trail.
Facilities: Good, sandy parking, basketball court, ballfield, playground, handball court pavilion.

Location: End of Forest Pines Drive off Rte. 134 in East Dennis. It is a circular trail.
Approximate length: 3/4 mile.
Terrain and use: The trail has level areas and hilly areas which can be used mostly for walking. It is a dirt trail, pine-needle covered, with very little wildlife; there could be no biking on it and very little horseback riding. It is also very narrow.
Facilities: None.

Location: At the end of Quivet Cemetery in East Dennis - end of South Street.
Approximate length: One mile to Cape Cod Bay - then up the beach 1/4 mile to a sign "Vehicle Trail" to return. About 2 1/2 miles round trip.
Terrain and use: Mostly level; dirt roads; walking, riding and hunting in season. Sandy road to beach by bearing right, except where there are stone posts; dunes and beach and marsh; start of Quivet Creek at right in the marsh. A circular trail.
Facilities: None.

Location: Route 6A to New Boston Road. Two houses past the Berrien Studio. On left-hand side is a small paved area; around a stand of trees is the sign and road or path going south.
Approximate length: 1 1/2 miles round trip.
Terrain and use: Wide flat road covered with pine needles; one path runs within sight of houses; another runs out to Chase Garden Marsh. Beautiful woods, quite open. Used for hiking or walking, jogging, riding.
Facilities: None. Parking for 2 cars.

Location: From Route 134, take Upper County Road to Searsville Road and then left on Center Street. The site is 1/2 mile on the right overlooking Swan Pond
Approximate length: 1 to 1 1/2 miles.
Terrain and use: The Swan Pond Overlook opened to the public in 1993 and is a wonderful site for watching waterfowl and other birds. The walking trails are designed in a butterfly shape with picnic facilities making up the "body" of the butterfly and trails fanning out as the "wings." Terrain varies, with two t rails being hilly, the rest flat. No biking or horseback riding.
Facilities: Picnic areas and benches along coastal bank; fishing.


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