Trail Of Tears For Mountain Biking

The 17th most popular mountain bike trail in Massachusetts.

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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 17th most popular mountain bike trail of all 35 mountain biking rides in Massachusetts. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Trail Of Tears including Province Lands Bike Trail, Cape Cod Rail Trail, Head Of The Meadow Trail, Nickerson State Park and Nauset Trail.

West Barnstable Conservation Area (MA/US)

West Barnstable Conservation Area (MA/US)

Trail Of Tears Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  WBCA (508) 862-4093 or 790-6272; Cape Cod Tourism (508) 862-0700; Mass. Tourism (800) 447-MASS; MassBike Assoc. (508) 428-5914; Idle Times Bike Shop & Rental (508) 255-8281.

Recommended Map:  "Cape Cod National Seashore" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Nickerson State Park Campground; Cranberry Cottages, Eastham (508) 225-0682

Luxury Loding:  Chatham Bars Inn (508) 945-0096

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  41.6965, -70.4283

Date Published:  1/4/2016

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  14177

Trail Of Tears Mountain Biking Map


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