The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, Bourne

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Biking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Cape Cod Canal is an artificial waterway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts connecting Cape Cod Bay in the north to Buzzards Bay in the south.
Part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the approximately 7mi canal traverses the narrow neck of land joining Cape Cod to the state's mainland. Most of its length follows tidal rivers widened to 480ft and deepened to 32ft at mean low water, shaving 135mi off the journey around the Cape for its approximately 14,000 annual users.
Most of the canal is located in Bourne, Massachusetts, but its northeastern terminus is in the town of Sandwich. Scusset Beach State Reservation lies near the canal's north entrance, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy near its south. A swift running current changes direction every six hours and can reach 5.2 mph during the receding ebb tide. The waterway is maintained by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and has no toll fees. It is spanned by the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge and two highway bridges—the Bourne and the Sagamore. Traffic lights at either end govern the approach of vessels over 65ft.
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  • There are not many places you can go and ride 7 miles without having to cross at least one road. The trail is nearly flat and runs on both sides of the canal. There is ample parking and...  more »
  • Lots of people walking, biking and fishing along the canal on this wide and smooth paved path that runs 6.5 miles on each side of the canal. Quite a few entry points, so you can explore different...  more »
  • This place is overall magical! Great place to go camping. Plenty of nice people, and the fishing is top notch. This place is definitely worth checking out.
  • Beautiful, dog friendly. Very relaxing. Would visit again.

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