Bike Trails MA. Cape Cod Trails

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Last updated 01/18/2014

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My wife, brother and I are bicycle enthusiasts who enjoy riding the ever increasing number of rail / canal trails mostly in the Northeastern US. We also do volunteer work for NOAA by recovering US Coast & Geodetic Survey Benchmarks. We often combine these hobbies while trail riding. Information on Benchmarks is available here:

We have been riding these trails for over 10 years now and I decided to share some of the .GPX files I’ve created. The files were compiled using a variety of resources including:


Garmin’s Mapsource & Basecamp software

USCGS Topographic GPS Map Files. Available free for many States here:

Google Earth

Google Maps

Garmin’s Birds Eye Imagery

Personal Knowledge

Various Internet & Print resources including:

Cape Cod Bike Guide Website:
Cape Cod website:

Cape Cod National Seashore Bicycle Guide:

This file contains information for bicycle trails on Cape Cod including: The Cape Cod Rail Trail, Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, Shining Sea Bikeway and the three Cape Cod National Seashore Trails. All of these trails are paved, well maintained and easily accessible via numerous public parking areas. These trails traverse a wide range of the Cape Cod landscape with views of ocean beaches, sand dunes, salt marshes, cranberry bogs and even ships passing through the canal.

These .GPX files include tracks for trails, waypoints for significant features along trails, parking areas, bicycle shops along or adjacent to trails, campgrounds and USCGS Benchmarks along or near trails. All waypoints include elevation data for use in plotting trail slope and planning outings.

Anyone interested in Benchmark hunting can obtain detailed data sheets for each mark by going here: The PID is the waypoint name symbolized by the color coded cube icons. Green= Recovered within the last 10 years. Blue= No recent recovery but set in a massive structure which still exists. Red= Likely missing or reported destroyed.

Free, legal, 24K and 100K topo map downloads for the states with these trails are available here: Segments of these maps covering the above trails can be loaded into many older GPS receivers with limited memory by using Garmin’s Mapinstall program available here:

I’ll post more trail files as I update and clean them up.

I always enjoy conversing with fellow bike trail enthusiasts so please feel free to contact me with comments, questions, inclusions or revisions. – Enjoy!

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