West of Barnstable and northwest of Hyannis on Cape Cod, the Trail Of Tears is a 16 mile horseback riding trail network through the woodlands of the 1,100 acre West Barnstable Conservation Area. 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 horseback 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 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, West Barnstable Conservation Area is the 23rd most popular horse trail of all 23 horseback rides in Massachusetts.