The Cape Cod Rail Trail Offers Some of the Best Day Adventures!

Calling all adventure seekers and nature lovers! When you stay at The Captain Farris House on your Cape Cod summer vacation, you’ll be close to the blooming gardens and wonderful green spaces in South Yarmouth, MA. One of our favorite outdoor activities is venturing down the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This 22-mile paved path stretches from South Dennis to Wellfleet and showcases the natural beauty of our Massachusetts gem. Whether you walk or bike along this scenic byway, you’re sure to fall in love with our paradise!

Before planning your adventures on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, request 24-hour access to our Online Travel Guide! You’ll find our top recommendations for the best area attractions, stunning beaches, and local restaurants. Our guide also features the luxurious accommodations and delightful amenities at The Captain Farris House!

Why You Need to Travel Down the Cape Cod Rail Trail

With easy access to the outdoors from our stunning bed and breakfast, there are many wonderful ways to experience our area. Read over our local insights and discover everything you’ll need to know about the Cape Cod Rail Trail!

The History Behind This Paved Path

From 1848 to 1873, the Old Colony Railroad Company constructed this network to connect “the Cape” with other Massachusetts destinations like Boston! Before this, our scenic area was only accessible by stagecoach or foot. As our picturesque area became as a summer vacation hotspot, this comfortable train system shuttled in many visitors to see our natural beauty. Now, this scenic trail not only showcases our natural beauty but also features relics from the Cape Rail days!

How to Spend Your Time on This Iconic Stretch

Suitable for all ages to enjoy, plan to spend your day navigating this 22-mile area icon for some of the best views of Cape Cod. Whether you want to hike, bike, walk, or run down the Cape Cod Rail Trail, you’ll be captivated by the wonderful features that you’ll see on your journey. These delightful landmarks include Nickerson State Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, and the Harwich Historical Society Museum! Whichever way you decide to experience beloved byway, you’re sure to have an amazing time!

The Extension

In 2015, the Cape Cod Rail Trail extension includes two new bridges. One over Route 134 and one over Station Avenue, these structures expanded the paved path more than 3.7 miles and serve as a gateway to see, even more, beauty on “the Cape.” In the future, Cape officials plan to expand this former railroad and Shining Sea Bikeway to link all of the towns of Cape Cod together!  

Book Your Stay at The Captain Farris House

After you experience the Cape Cod Rail Trail, relax at The Captain Farris House! Our beautifully appointed bed and breakfast offers some of the finest accommodations on “the Cape.” We invite you to browse our selection of stunning guest rooms and reserve the perfect one for your getaway!

As you search, consider booking our Captain’s Quarters Room! Located on the first floor, this charming retreat has a private entrance and quaint seating on the wrap-around veranda. Whether you wish to relax in the antique queen canopy bed or two-person Jacuzzi tub, you’re sure to feel closer to your beloved on your vacation. As you look through the elegantly draped windows, you’ll be captivated by views of our stunning interior garden. 

Plan your relaxing getaway with us this year!