Nantucket, MA Trails and Maps

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Explore the best rated trails in Nantucket, MA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway and Old Colony Rail Trail. With more than 10 trails covering 69 miles you’re bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

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Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

13.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Cape Cod Rail Trail

27.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Goose Pond Path

0.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

1.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Nauset Trail

1.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

New Bedford Covewalk

1.04 mi
State: MA
Concrete

New Bedford Harborwalk

1.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Old Colony Rail Trail

8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Phoenix Bike Trail

4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Shining Sea Bikeway

10.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Though the idea for a Cape Cod Canal goes back to the settlers of Plymouth Colony, the waterway didn’t begin construction until 1909. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took over operation and...
MA 13.9 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: Starting March 15, 2021, the Lecount Hollow trailhead and parking lot will be closed as the DCR works on extending the trail; please consult the official project site for the latest...
MA 27.5 mi Asphalt
The Goose Pond Path, also known as the In-Town Bike Path, offers a short paved route on the charming island of Nantucket, which lies south of Cape Cod. The trail overlooks The Creeks area of Nantucket...
MA 0.1 mi Asphalt
The Mattapoisett Rail Trail is a work in progress. As of autumn 2011, it runs for just more than 1 mile between Reservation Road at Mattapoisett Harbor and the Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven, joining...
MA 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Nauset Trail offers a winding route through dense Cape Cod woodlands, providing a pleasant respite from the oft-crowded seashore and tourist hubs. The trail is entirely paved, with the notable...
MA 1.6 mi Asphalt
The New Bedford Covewalk, like the HarborWalk further east, sits atop the hurricane barrier built to protect New Bedford residents from storm surges during extreme weather. Even when it's nice out...
MA 1.04 mi Concrete
The New Bedford Hurricane Barrier was built to protect New Bedford and nearby villages from storm surge during hurricanes, but also ended up cutting off residents from the water that lay just beyond...
MA 1.2 mi Asphalt
The Old Colony Rail Trail, named after the eponymous railroad line that operated in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, offers a serene journey through quiet Cape Cod beach towns. At 8 miles, the trail is...
MA 8 mi Asphalt
The Phoenix Bike Trail cruises through a mixture of surroundings on its relatively short 4-mile journey from the heart of the historical Fairhaven seaport to woodlands and farms on the outskirts of...
MA 4 mi Asphalt
The Shining Sea Bikeway follows the route of a former railroad line run by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, which ran service to New York and Boston from 1872 to 1965. After the...
MA 10.7 mi Asphalt

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Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

MA - 13.9 miles

Though the idea for a Cape Cod Canal goes back to the settlers of Plymouth Colony, the waterway didn’t begin construction until 1909. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took over operation and...

New Bedford Covewalk

MA - 1.04 miles

The New Bedford Covewalk, like the HarborWalk further east, sits atop the hurricane barrier built to protect New Bedford residents from storm surges during extreme weather. Even when it's nice out...

Phoenix Bike Trail

MA - 4 miles

The Phoenix Bike Trail cruises through a mixture of surroundings on its relatively short 4-mile journey from the heart of the historical Fairhaven seaport to woodlands and farms on the outskirts of...

Cape Cod Rail Trail

MA - 27.5 miles

Closure Notice: Starting March 15, 2021, the Lecount Hollow trailhead and parking lot will be closed as the DCR works on extending the trail; please consult the official project site for the latest...

Accordion

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

MA - 1.1 miles

The Mattapoisett Rail Trail is a work in progress. As of autumn 2011, it runs for just more than 1 mile between Reservation Road at Mattapoisett Harbor and the Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven, joining...

Goose Pond Path

MA - 0.1 miles

The Goose Pond Path, also known as the In-Town Bike Path, offers a short paved route on the charming island of Nantucket, which lies south of Cape Cod. The trail overlooks The Creeks area of Nantucket...

Old Colony Rail Trail

MA - 8 miles

The Old Colony Rail Trail, named after the eponymous railroad line that operated in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, offers a serene journey through quiet Cape Cod beach towns. At 8 miles, the trail is...

New Bedford Harborwalk

MA - 1.2 miles

The New Bedford Hurricane Barrier was built to protect New Bedford and nearby villages from storm surge during hurricanes, but also ended up cutting off residents from the water that lay just beyond...

Shining Sea Bikeway

MA - 10.7 miles

The Shining Sea Bikeway follows the route of a former railroad line run by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, which ran service to New York and Boston from 1872 to 1965. After the...

Nauset Trail

MA - 1.6 miles

The Nauset Trail offers a winding route through dense Cape Cod woodlands, providing a pleasant respite from the oft-crowded seashore and tourist hubs. The trail is entirely paved, with the notable...

Cape Cod Rail Trail

MA - 27.5 miles

Closure Notice: Starting March 15, 2021, the Lecount Hollow trailhead and parking lot will be closed as the DCR works on extending the trail; please consult the official project site for the latest...

Nauset Trail

MA - 1.6 miles

The Nauset Trail offers a winding route through dense Cape Cod woodlands, providing a pleasant respite from the oft-crowded seashore and tourist hubs. The trail is entirely paved, with the notable...

Goose Pond Path

MA - 0.1 miles

The Goose Pond Path, also known as the In-Town Bike Path, offers a short paved route on the charming island of Nantucket, which lies south of Cape Cod. The trail overlooks The Creeks area of Nantucket...

New Bedford Harborwalk

MA - 1.2 miles

The New Bedford Hurricane Barrier was built to protect New Bedford and nearby villages from storm surge during hurricanes, but also ended up cutting off residents from the water that lay just beyond...

Accordion

Old Colony Rail Trail

MA - 8 miles

The Old Colony Rail Trail, named after the eponymous railroad line that operated in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, offers a serene journey through quiet Cape Cod beach towns. At 8 miles, the trail is...

Shining Sea Bikeway

MA - 10.7 miles

The Shining Sea Bikeway follows the route of a former railroad line run by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, which ran service to New York and Boston from 1872 to 1965. After the...

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

MA - 1.1 miles

The Mattapoisett Rail Trail is a work in progress. As of autumn 2011, it runs for just more than 1 mile between Reservation Road at Mattapoisett Harbor and the Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven, joining...

Phoenix Bike Trail

MA - 4 miles

The Phoenix Bike Trail cruises through a mixture of surroundings on its relatively short 4-mile journey from the heart of the historical Fairhaven seaport to woodlands and farms on the outskirts of...

New Bedford Covewalk

MA - 1.04 miles

The New Bedford Covewalk, like the HarborWalk further east, sits atop the hurricane barrier built to protect New Bedford residents from storm surges during extreme weather. Even when it's nice out...

Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

MA - 13.9 miles

Though the idea for a Cape Cod Canal goes back to the settlers of Plymouth Colony, the waterway didn’t begin construction until 1909. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took over operation and...

Old Colony Rail Trail

MA - 8 miles

The Old Colony Rail Trail, named after the eponymous railroad line that operated in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, offers a serene journey through quiet Cape Cod beach towns. At 8 miles, the trail is...

Nauset Trail

MA - 1.6 miles

The Nauset Trail offers a winding route through dense Cape Cod woodlands, providing a pleasant respite from the oft-crowded seashore and tourist hubs. The trail is entirely paved, with the notable...

Phoenix Bike Trail

MA - 4 miles

The Phoenix Bike Trail cruises through a mixture of surroundings on its relatively short 4-mile journey from the heart of the historical Fairhaven seaport to woodlands and farms on the outskirts of...

Goose Pond Path

MA - 0.1 miles

The Goose Pond Path, also known as the In-Town Bike Path, offers a short paved route on the charming island of Nantucket, which lies south of Cape Cod. The trail overlooks The Creeks area of Nantucket...

Accordion

New Bedford Covewalk

MA - 1.04 miles

The New Bedford Covewalk, like the HarborWalk further east, sits atop the hurricane barrier built to protect New Bedford residents from storm surges during extreme weather. Even when it's nice out...

Shining Sea Bikeway

MA - 10.7 miles

The Shining Sea Bikeway follows the route of a former railroad line run by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, which ran service to New York and Boston from 1872 to 1965. After the...

Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

MA - 13.9 miles

Though the idea for a Cape Cod Canal goes back to the settlers of Plymouth Colony, the waterway didn’t begin construction until 1909. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took over operation and...

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

MA - 1.1 miles

The Mattapoisett Rail Trail is a work in progress. As of autumn 2011, it runs for just more than 1 mile between Reservation Road at Mattapoisett Harbor and the Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven, joining...

Cape Cod Rail Trail

MA - 27.5 miles

Closure Notice: Starting March 15, 2021, the Lecount Hollow trailhead and parking lot will be closed as the DCR works on extending the trail; please consult the official project site for the latest...

New Bedford Harborwalk

MA - 1.2 miles

The New Bedford Hurricane Barrier was built to protect New Bedford and nearby villages from storm surge during hurricanes, but also ended up cutting off residents from the water that lay just beyond...

Recent Trail Reviews

Cape Cod Rail Trail

The Best…..

August, 2022 by gulfstreambents

…..Rail Trail on the NorthEast Coast in our opinion. We visited for the fourth time and stayed several days in Orleans, MA for the sole purpose of riding this Trail and did so several times. Easy access to the Trail from our hotel (The Cove Motel, highly recommend). Perfect pavement. Riding South and West the first day through varied scenery including Cranberry bogs and even a beautiful beach. From the roundabout you can access the Old Colony Trail. Don’t miss stopping for Ice Cream at Ferretti’s Market (I think). Home made ice cream for $5 a serving, not a scoop!!!! Best I’ve ever had. The extreme west end becomes a bit desolate as you pass the Blue Rock golf course. The following day we cycled North from our base in Orleans to the new end point 1 mile north of the original. Easy access from several places to the beaches and worthwhile for the view even if you don’t swim. SHARK WARNINGS POSTED.

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Brewster to Orleans

July, 2022 by tsyrell

First time on this trail, I did about 11 miles centered from Nickerson Park. I enjoyed the ride, but did notice it was bumpy. Overall, it was a good trail, but could use some updates to minimize the bumps in the pavement.

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

Straight ride through some beautiful scenery. Really short but a great ride none the less.

June, 2022 by boredness113

Straight ride through some beautiful scenery. Really short but a great ride none the less.

Accordion

Old Colony Rail Trail

Excellent trail w/ a bonus

June, 2022 by andrix

We entered this trail off the Cape Cod Rail Trail on our E-Bikes. Trail was in fine condition with interesting views along the way. The bonus was the Chatham road loop which takes you along the ocean and by the Chatham lighthouse. There's a map at the end of the Old Colony trail for this loop but we needed our trusty GPS to keep us on track.

Cape Cod Rail Trail

great ride!

June, 2022 by 2lovinthejourney

We rode from Sweetwater Campground down to the roundabout. From there we took the Old Colony Rail Trail to Hangar B Eatery at the Chatham Airport. Great food! Great ride! Downside is the business and road crossings. But…it is a vacation spot. Spots along the way with walking paths and picnic tables.

Old Colony Rail Trail

nice…but busy.

June, 2022 by 2lovinthejourney

Great trail. Level path for most part. Does get very busy with walkers and kids. Lots of stopping to cross road. Lots of paths to hop off bike and do some walking. A few picnic areas along the way also. At the trailhead there is an awesome place to grab breakfast or lunch: Hanger B Eatery. It is located at the Chatham Airport.

Phoenix Bike Trail

Short & Sweet

May, 2022 by oxlilemmiexo

Short ride but the path is well maintained and good scenery along the way. Some of the trail is closed right now and a downside is there weren't any place to stop along the way for coffee or lunch or good view at the end points.

Shining Sea Bikeway

From one end to the other the trail is filled with amazing views from the ocean to the to ponds nature bogs marshes shops just off the trail. Walking trails bird watching a great bike shop at the end of the north end of the trail.

April, 2022 by almakino

From one end to the other the trail is filled with amazing views from the ocean to the to ponds nature bogs marshes shops just off the trail. Walking trails bird watching a great bike shop at the end of the north end of the trail.

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Start to Finish

October, 2021 by smithdj

My wife and I rode the full 27.5 miles on 10/15/21. We started at the western most trailhead (near Homer Park) and rode to Wellfleet and made a delightful stop at PB Boloulangerie Bistro for a treat before heading back to the Home Park trailhead. 55+ miles and the only criticism would be that the asphalt may not have been put in think enough to withstand the tree roots that are undermining the trail. The jarring from the roots becomes somewhat annoying after a while. We would ride it again though!

New Bedford Harborwalk

Great views!

October, 2021 by seas1

Newly built on top of hurricane barrier, wonderful views of Clarks Cove. Connects to Fort Taber park at end of penninsula and to tbe new bike path on the outer New Bedford harbor.

Nauset Trail

walk

September, 2021 by wardpam

We walked most of this. The info center had us start at the back of the center which added some steps. Walk through the wood relaxing. Lots of roots. An easier path is to start on the asphalt at the far left of the parking lot

Shining Sea Bikeway

windswept cruise on a blue bird day!

September, 2021 by rickewb

First and not last ride on this historic trail. Well maintained, but keep your eye out for some upward pressing roots. Not too crowded and plenty of scenic vistas. A joy.

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