West of Barnstable and northwest of Hyannis on Cape Cod, the Trail Of Tears is a 16 mile singletrack network through the woodlands of the 1,100 acre West Barnstable Conservation Area. The trail network twists and rolls along loamy singletrack and some rock gardens. The forest is a mixture of pine and oak, along with small amounts of fir and other tree species. This network follows the Barnstable powerlines down to the Sandwich border at Chase Rd. Doubletrack and fire roads also crisscross the entire parcel, providing even more riding opportunities.
The West Barnstable Conservation Area has two trailheads. The northern trailhead is just of US6 on Service Road. The southern trailhead is on Race Road. The latter trailhead provides better access to trails.
To reach mountain biking at the southern Race Road trailhead from US6, use Exit 5. Head south on SR149 for 1.5 miles to Race Road. Head west on Race Lane for 1.5 miles and look for partially obsured parking are on the right (north) side of the road.
To reach the northern trailhead from US 6, use Exit 5. Head south on SR149 for 100 feet and turn right heading west on Service Road. Continue on Service Road for 0.2 miles and park on left under powerlines.
Overall, Trail Of Tears is the 15th most popular mountain bike trail of all 35 mountain biking rides in Massachusetts.