Cape Cod, MA

Cape Cod Running Overview & Highlights

Cape Cod is a large area, stretching 65 miles from the bridge to Provincetown, with a breadth between 1 and 20 miles, and 400 miles of shoreline. There are 15 distinct ‘towns’. Below is our list of best Cape runs, including ‘favorites’, and by area and theme.

Five Favorite Cape Runs

  1. Falmouth – By the Water
  2. Province Lands Dunes
  3. Bay Side Beaches
  4. Cape Cod Canal
  5. Chatham Tour

Best Cape Runs By Theme

Beaches. Bay side beaches (Brewster, Orleans); Scusset Beach; Sandy Neck Beach

Off-Road Trails. Cape Cod Canal Trail; Shining Sea Bike Path (Falmouth to Woods Hole); Cape Cod Rail Trail (Dennis to Wellfleet); Province Lands Trail (Provincetown); Nickerson State Park bike trails (Brewster)

Trail Running. Sandy Neck (Barnstable); Great Island (Wellfleet)

Runs Along the Water. Falmouth Waterside Run; Hyannis Harbor; Cape Cod Canal

Pretty Towns & ArchitectureSandwich Tour, Osterville Tour; Chatham Tour; Wellfleet Tour; Provincetown Tour

Nature Trails & Wildlife. Sandy Neck; Great Island; Nauset Marsh Trail

Hills. Nickerson State Park; Truro/North Truro; Province Lands trail

Best Cape Runs By Geography (see map on Cape Cod Overview page)

Upper Cape: Cape Cod Canal; Shining Sea Bike Path; Falmouth 10k Course; Sandwich Tour; Monomoscoy Island

Mid-Cape: Hyannis 5 miler; Cape Cod Rail Trail; Osterville Loop; Yarmouth Route

Lower Cape: Nickerson State Park; Chatham Tour; Bay Beaches

Outer Cape: Salt Pond Visitor Center Trails; Wellfleet Tour; Province Lands trail; Provincetown; National Seashore Beaches