Massachusetts Trail Named One of the Nation’s Best for Family Cycling Vacations

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Cyclists pass through dunes, salt marshes and pine forests.

Cyclists on the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe

According to Frommer’s, parents planning to bike with their kids will find one of America’s most family-friendly trails on Cape Cod.

  • Massachusetts Trail Named One of the Nation's Best for Family Cycling Vacations

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The travel publication recently released a list of nine great bike paths, parks and tours for family vacations in the United States. The Cape Cod Rail Trail in Massachusetts landed on the list.

“A vacation that includes biking can be a feel-good thrill for kids and teens and can be fun for parents and grandparents,” Frommer wrote. “Cycling together over easy terrain brings a host of benefits that make lasting family memories: fresh air, exercise, immersion in a destination, and most importantly, connectivity.”

Here is what Frommer wrote, in part, on the Cape Cod Rail Trail:

“Cycle through salt marshes, pine forests and dunes on the 25.5-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail that stretches from South Yarmouth to South Wellfleet. Unless you and your teens are looking for an endurance test, don’t plan a round trip. Instead, cycle a smaller section by parking (lots fill up early) at the trailheads in South Yarmouth, South Dennis Harwich, or Brewster. With young children, consider starting at the scenic Kettle Ponds (park near Hinckleys Pond, mile 5) and stopping at Nickerson State Park (about mile 10) for the pool, picnic, and bathrooms . With older students, push to the Cape Cod National Seashore (about 10 miles) for ocean walks.


Families in need of bike rentals will find them at several bike shops near the trailhead, the post noted.

Check out the full list of great bike paths, parks and tours for family vacations in the USA


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