Following the canal's southern side for 7.5 miles between the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges, this is a popular destination for cyclists, pedestrians, inline skaters and runners. Even during the off-season, you'll find a steady flow of people utilizing the flat recreational path. The bikeway itself is smooth concrete, with a bright yellow line painted down the center designating two-way traffic. It provides a fast, fun sprint for riders ready to compete against themselves or cycling partners in a casual time-trial.
Additionally, a self-guided educational tour of landmarks is available for use. While on the trail, watch for numbers posted on navigational lighting poles running the bikeway's entire length spaced out every 500 feet. A PDF companion Cape Cod Canal bike-hike guide is available (produced by the Army Corps of Engineers). Please note - this tour begins at the canal's eastern end and ends at its western end. Please note - this tour begins at the canal's eastern end and ends at its western end.
Park benches are scattered along the bikeway at regular intervals for rest and relaxation after a long walk or hard workout. The Bourne Recreation Area also features picnic facilities and an information booth (open in-season) on a nicely landscaped plot to the right of the parking lot.