Cape Cod Canal Bike Path and Camping Weekend

  • June 21, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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This meetup is cross posted in another group.

I plan to be there early afternoon on 6/21 - start and ends times are approximate. Feel free to head down early, come after work or take a day trip.

PLEASE, if you must back out, be sure to change your RSVP.

** We can break up into hiking vs biking groups for those who don't have bikes or prefer not to bike **

The Cape Cod Canal Bike Trail

This bikeway follows the Cape Cod Canal through sections of Bourne and Sagamore, respectively. Maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, it offers fantastic views of the canal's various boat traffic, along with the area's quaint shoreline scenery of unique homes and natural beauty.

The path is actually the Corp's access road, a paved route designated for government vehicles, foot traffic and non-motorized vehicles only. It runs for approximately 7 - 8 miles between both Bourne and Sagamore Bridges. Featuring a generous width with minimal grades, it's ideal for casual cyclists, especially families with younger children. For more information,

The Shining Sea Bikeway

The Shining Sea Bikeway hugs the coast from Falmouth to Woods Hole and then beyond to North Falmouth, winding along the Vineyard Sound shoreline. Ideal for casual and beginner cyclists, it was built on a former railroad right-of-way. The paved path is level for nearly its entire 10.7-mile distance with only a slight grade in certain spots.

Lined with familiar Cape Cod flower and tree species, it makes for a wonderful ride from Falmouth to scenic Woods Hole. Following the Old Colony rail line, the newer extension passes through Sippewissett Marsh, by cranberry bogs and overlooks Chapaquoit Beach. The entire route avoids much of Falmouth's notorious summer traffic by winding along the coastline and crisscrossing the Salt Pond Bird Sanctuary.

Bourne Scenic Park Campground

Bourne Scenic Hwy (U.S. Rt 6 and Mass. Rt.28), Buzzards Bay (508)[masked]

Bourne Scenic Park rivals the best accommodations on Cape Cod. Situated on the banks of the world’s widest sea-level canal, this 475-site facility offers shady woods and proximity to shops and grocery stores. And the scenery is extraordinary: gigantic white cruise ships and tankers glide past your campsite along the canal and occasionally give a massive blast on their horns.

From the park, bikers and strollers have several access points to the popular canal service-road bike path where people push baby strollers, walk dogs, bike, and in-line skate all day long. In the summer, the park offers hayrides and live entertainment, including bands and DJs. You can swim in the park’s large saltwater pool. Operated by the Bourne Recreation Authority, the Scenic Park has electric and water hookups, a dump station, playgrounds, a recreation hall, a volleyball court, and activities for children throughout the summer. The country store sells basic supplies, including ice and wood.


Daily tent rates:

$39 for 2 adults 2 children

$39 for 2 adults & $10 for each additional adult - max 4 per site

If tent sites go, there are lots of electric sites still open for $53 daily rate with same rules as above regarding children or extra adults.

I will email attendees with updates 6/17 and 6/20 including payment information as payment must be made before we arrive on Friday, 6/21.  

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  • mary, webster, m.

    Thanks Donna...a lot of fun...great people and great weather!

    June 23, 2013

  • Dan

    Thanks for hosting this event Donna. It was a fantastic time with good friendly people :) It was great meeting everyone too! Let me know when the next event will occur?

    June 23, 2013

    • Donna M.

      It was my pleasure and thanks for joining us. I had a great time. Also, thanks for the note I found on the picnic table :)

      June 23, 2013

  • Lee A.

    i am interested in car pooling. i will be coming from Athol, central ma. i can leave anytime on friday. and can meet anywhere from leominster to worcester to anything on 495.

    June 18, 2013

    • mary, webster, m.

      Lee Ann...if you haven't left on Friday...I can carpool with you on Saturday... let me know..mary

      June 21, 2013

  • Donna M.

    If anyone decides to camp last minute, feel free to call the campground to see if they have any sites left. People who RSVPd as camping are all set, reservations are confirmed. Campground -[masked]

    June 21, 2013

  • mary, webster, m.

    Can I meet you guys on Sat for the bike ride?

    June 21, 2013

    • Donna M.

      Absolutely. Here are the directions for anyone that wants to meet us. We are meeting at 10:00. SATURDAY - we will meet Todd in Falmouth at 10:00 for the Shining Sea Bikeway ride. To get there, head towards Falmouth on Route 28. Take the Route 151, North Falmouth exit. Take a left at end of exit ramp. Go straight through a set of lights and you’ll come to a railroad track 20 yards ahead. The bike path starts at the railroad tracks – there is a parking lot on the right immediately after crossing the tracks.

      June 21, 2013

  • Donna M.

    Nine currently attending from the combined groups. Not all are staying on campground. Still room for more! Will be in touch with attendees on Monday.

    June 15, 2013

  • Donna M.

    Talked to the campground today. They said we will have no problem getting sites next Friday and Saturday nights! I will keep attendees posted on details via email next week.

    June 14, 2013

  • cherylAM1

    Just for biking

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • cherylAM1

    I may be able to do this. I'll be on cape 19-23

    June 8, 2013

  • Donna M.

    Spoke with campground. Friday mornings at 8:00 they open up sites for the current weekend. Tent sites are the last to go. They currently have many open sites that will not be allowed to go for 2 nights until 6/21 at 8:00am which is when I will be on the phone with them.

    They allow two tents and four adults on a site so those who want to can share sites to save money. I will arrange.

    Tent sites Two adults = $39 per night. Each additional adult is $10 so we can get a site for $59 or $15 per person per night.

    Electric sites in the event tent sites sell out

    Two adults = $53 per night. Each additional adult is $10 so we can get a site for $73 or $18.25 per person per night.

    June 7, 2013

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