The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway connects Cape Cod Bay and the communities of Sandwich and Sagamore on its eastern end with Buzzards Bay and the community of Bourne on its western end. Following both banks of the canal, the trail offers access to parking, restrooms, picnic areas, and fishing spots from either side.
But the highlight of the experience is the canal itself. Each year, 14,000 commercial and recreational vessels use the canal and the trail offers a fascinating viewpoint for watching them go by. Learn the history of the canal at the museum inside the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center (60 Ed Moffitt Drive, Sandwich) on the east end of the trail.
On the west end of the trail, you'll have a stunning view of the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge, one of the longest lift bridges in the U.S., which carries trains across the canal and rises 135 feet above the water.
To access the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, head west off the South Bourne Rotary at the bridge on the Cape side. Take the first right and continue to the T intersection, where you turn right. Parking is on the left after you go back under the bridge. Restrooms are open in season only.