I began from the Dennis trail head at 10 am. It was a sunny day and the parking lot was already packed! The whole trip was a little over 22 miles (44 plus miles round trip) and quite uneventful.
|At the start|
|One of the few "trackside" places to buy something|
|A salt marsh|
|One of many informative signs|
|Typical Straight Stretch|
|Nice write up about the train and Orleans|
|This gave me a chuckle...|
It became windy and overcast and I was sure it would rain but I made it all the way back without even a sprinkle!
Super Short Video (46 seconds)
About the Former RailroadThe Cape Cod Rail Trail follows the former Old Colony Railroad right-of-way. The railroad laid the tracks linking Boston and Sandwich in 1848, and by 1873, it had pushed all the way to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. [The Cape Cod Central Railroad merged with the Cape Cod Railroad in 1868. Its line later became part of the Old Colony Railroad in 1872. In 1873, Old Colony finished extending the line to Provincetown.]
|Google Street View of the Bass River Crossing|
In 1893, the entire 617-mile network was acquired by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. After this date, all trains, lines, and stations became known as the "Old Colony Division" of the huge New Haven system.