Old Colony Rail Trail

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Old Colony Rail Trail
Cape Cod Rail Trail Rotary, Harwich MA.jpg
The Bike Rotary in Harwich
Location Barnstable County
Trailheads Bike Rotary, Cape Cod Rail Trail, Harwich
Depot Road, Chatham
Use Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, roller blading, and cross country skiing
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy
Season year-round
Hazards deer ticks
poison ivy
road crossings
Surface Paved surface
Right of way former railroad line

The Old Colony Rail Trail is a paved rail trail located in Harwich and Chatham, Massachusetts. It occupies the Old Colony Railroad's abandoned Chatham Branch railroad right-of-way. Most of the trail follows roughly the path of the old railbed, except for deviations around the Chatham Municipal Airport and a utility yard in Harwich. Its west end connects to the Cape Cod Rail Trail in Harwich at a bike rotary.

Although largely built to modern bike path standards, the trail has certain elements potentially dangerous to cyclists. Several road crossings have tight corners and limited sightlines, while others are poorly marked or have too-closely-spaced bollards.[1] The trail also includes several on-street sections without separate bike lanes, including on the relatively busy George Ryder Road in Chatham.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Allen, John S. "Chatham Branch, Cape Cod Rail Rail". Retrieved 12 July 2013. 

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