Hathaway’s Pond is a short loop around the small lake this conservation tract is named for. It comprises a 1.25-mile trail circling the small body of water resting in 94 acres of town-protected land between Phinneys Lane and Route 132 in Hyannis near the West Barnstable town line.
Hathaways Pond is part of the Sandwich glacial moraine deposits. The route is a hilly mixture of wide, curving singletrack and walking trails. It sports several short but tricky rutted hardpack descents (or climbs if you’re going the opposite direction). Roots abound, giving the quick, hilly singletrack a challenging flavor for novice mountain bikers.
The trailhead is just right of the parking area under some trees with a pet pooper scooper dispenser directly next to it. This network winds around the pond, branching off into several outer perimeter walking trails with outlets leading up towards Route 132. Be sure to keep right to avoid looping back around on these by accident. The main loop is short, maybe 20 minutes at most for an experienced rider. An added bonus is educational interpretive trail signage describing the area’s glacial formation over 15,000 years ago. A handy companion trail guide for the Hathaways Pond Conservation Area is also available for download.
During the summer, be prepared to either buy a Barnstable beach sticker or pay a daily parking fee to come here. Bring a snack and/or lunch to enjoy the designated picnic area after an invigorating ride around the lake. As with all Cape Cod multi-use recreation areas, please respect the rights of others – especially runners, hikers and dog walkers.
Hunting is allowed in-season, so be sure to check the map kiosk for schedule info during the fall and winter months.
Parking & Directions
The parking area lies adjacent to the public beach down a hill from the main entrance off Phinneys Lane. At the Route 132/Phinneys Lane intersection, go north on Phinneys towards Route 6A. Look for the green sign on your left about 3/10 of a mile down. Drive down main entrance way then bear right at the cul-de-sac. Parking is located immediately at the hill’s bottom directly in front of you. this dirt/gravel lot extends all the way to the left along lake’s recreational beachfront area.