The Cape Cod Canal Bike Path is about seven miles long and runs between the towns of Bourne and Sagamore. The trail is maintained by the Army Corp of Engineers and is kept in excellent condition. The bikeway is very smooth with very little-to-no bumps or any or other wear.
Although the trail runs on both sides of the canal, crossing to the other side is somewhat difficult. There is no bike bridge, and the only way to get across is by crossing one of the main high traffic bridges. It is best to just pick a side of the canal to bike along and stick to that side. There are large parking lots on both sides of the canal.
The lanes of this canal trail are very wide and clearly marked. The bike trail is also relatively flat, with some small yet barely noticeable inclines. There are restrooms at both ends of the path, as well as various bathroom areas along the path.
The bike trail is secluded from cars, noise, and other traffic. There is a jetty with great ocean views at the Sagamore end of the trail. There is also a large fishing pier in the middle of the trail with a parking lot.
A small strip of grassy area lies between the bike path and the canal. The grass area is not very big, but it does provide enough room for vacationers to sit in beach chairs to read a book, enjoy the scenery, fish, or watch ships passing through the canal. At the Bourne Bridge side of the canal there is a larger grassy park area.
Due to the trail's short length, wide lanes, number of restrooms, and flatness, this trail is great for beginners and families.