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
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 & Architecture. Sandwich Tour, Osterville Tour; Hyannis Port Loop; 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/Hyannis Port routes; 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
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