Barnstable County and the Cape Cod Commission are working with citizens and organizations from across Cape Cod to create a Capewide network of walking trails. This network is called Cape Cod Pathways. When complete, Cape Cod Pathways will extend from Provincetown to Falmouth and Bourne and provide a connection between the seashore and the Cape's wooded areas and villages. Through the work of many volunteers and civic and environmental leaders, approximately one third of the Pathways east-west trail between Provincetown and the Upper Cape is now dedicated.
Cape Cod Pathways was initiated in November 1993. Since then the project has garnered widespread support from the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, Cape Cod National Seashore, town officials, conservation organizations, businesses, and other groups.
The creation of a Cape-wide trail network requires planning, mapping, community organizing, fundraising, special events, publicity, negotiation of land and easements, clearing, and construction work. Volunteers assist with these and other tasks to help bring the trail network from plan to pathway.
A directory of Cape Cod trails (Google map) indicates public walking trails and public transportation routes on Cape Cod. Ninety-five public walking trails are displayed on the map, along with descriptions of the trails, pictures, and links to more information about the individual trails. Of the 95 trails, 34 are within 1.5 miles of a public transportation route stop on Cape Cod and are labeled with a green walking icon.
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