Cape Cod Canal railtrail, touring the south side


Fun on the trail with grands

The Cape Cod Canal has railtrails on both sides of the canal that offer great views of the boats and bird life that frequent the canal. The biggest challenge in summer is actually getting there! Now that our adaptive tandem is functional and ready for more test rides, we planned a family outing with grandparents, parents and grandkids with all our bikes. We managed to get snarled in traffic for two and a half hours, in what otherwise would be a one hour drive from our home.

We added to the time delay by stopping to use a bathroom before we got to the canal, but will not bother next time. The state has built great, clean bathrooms at each end of the railtrail on the south side, as well as under the Bourne Bridge.


Getting ready to get going again

Keeping two sets of grandparents, grandkids, and their parents somewhat together on the trail was pretty challenging, but we managed to grab a few pictures regardless. The trail is almost completely flat, and while there was a breeze, we managed fine–breezes on warm days are much appreciated!


Rest stop in the shade

Apparently summer boaters are in a hurry. We spotted multiple boats passing through the canal who received warning calls from the Coast Guard boat cruising the waterway.


Along the south side of the Cape Cod canal

We took several breaks in the shade along the trail, grateful for trees growing along the path that offered a break from the summer sun.


At the railroad bridge

Next trip to the Cape in warm months will be on a weekday, or much, much earlier in the morning! Happy trails!


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Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionEasy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Reclaiming hope in a world turned upside down.

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