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      The Old Jail Lane trails are part of the Town of Barnstable’s “Cape Cod Pathways” and include a portion of the “Red” trail – a walking route from Sandwich to Yarmouth. NEMBA riders may be familiar with red triangular trail makers used to identify the route in West Barnstable. Loop and branch trails are occasionally designated with blue (northside offshoots) or green (southside offshoots) triangular markers.

      The Old Jail Lane trails are primarily double-track over rolling hills. There are a few fast downhills and one challenging climb on Ebenezer Smith Hill (a loop trail just to the north of the blue trail – try riding counter-clockwise to enjoy “Captain’s Logs”). NEMBA volunteers did a great job opening up the green trail (fun downhill in counterclockwise direction) on the southside of the preserve and other brush and log removal.

      The Central Park trail is a new addition over the last two seasons. Cape Cod NEMBA members as well as kids from Sturgis High School doing community service re-opened a long grown in trail.

      The Front Nine trail is located on an old disc golf course. It's short but quite hilly and challenging. Riding it in the counter clockwise direction is fun.

      Rides can be extended by starting further east such as parking at the Barnstable County Complex (which has bathrooms) at 3249 Main St, Barnstable MA 02360 and entering the woods adjacent to the Trayser Museum off of Route 6A. Or they can be extended further west from parking lot 7 at the Cape Cod Community College at 59 Dillon Lane, West Barnstable, MA 02668.

      Riding these trails is a lot of fun. They seem remote as you wend your way through deep woods, the only sound being some traffic noise from nearby Route 6. CCCC students and faculty seeking a nature break from classroom stuffiness are often found out on these trails. While some local dog walkers visit them many times a day.

      While not as large as either the nearby Trail of Tears or Willow Street (Exit 7), clever riders will note that Old Jail Lane's trails fall right between them. Making the possibility of a really long day's ride a reality for the hardy.

      By Lev Malakhoff
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Land Status: City Managed
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      Region Status
      Open as of Jan 11, 2021
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      Trails (view details)
      41
      Trails Mountain Bike
      41
      Trails Hike
      41
      Trails Trail Running
      41
      Total Distance
      16 miles
      Total Descent
      1,445 ft
      Total Vertical
      119 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      146 ft
      Reports
      64
      Photos
      8
      Ridden Counter
      1,320

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 0 rides
      • 0 ft avg distance
      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance

      Photos of Old Jail Lane Mountain Bike

      7 |
      Jan 1, 2021 @ 3:17pm
      Jan 1, 2021
      trail: Fin's Folly
      10 |
      Nov 7, 2020 @ 9:56am
      Nov 7, 2020
      16 |
      Jul 1, 2020 @ 1:51pm
      Jul 1, 2020
      trail: Mei Li Way
      18 |
      Feb 23, 2019 @ 10:47am
      Feb 23, 2019

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Drumlins of Doom
      Jan 11, 2021 @ 11:15am
      Jan 11, 2021
      IdealNEMBAbill NEMBA Trail clear, not muddy no snow or ice.
      Mei Li Bypass
      Jan 11, 2021 @ 11:15am
      Jan 11, 2021
      UnknownNEMBAbill NEMBA Trail clear, no mud, no snow or ice.
      Pine Lane
      Jan 11, 2021 @ 11:15am
      Jan 11, 2021
      IdealNEMBAbill NEMBA Trail smooth, open no deadfalls, mud or ice.
      Mei Li Way
      Dec 24, 2020 @ 10:26am
      Dec 24, 2020
      DryRwlauterbach
      Free Fall
      Sep 6, 2020 @ 9:40am
      Sep 6, 2020
      Idealdshowland
      Ants in the Pants
      Sep 6, 2020 @ 9:40am
      Sep 6, 2020
      Drydshowland
      Hot Bottom Road
      Sep 6, 2020 @ 9:40am
      Sep 6, 2020
      Idealdshowland
      Trayser Trail
      Sep 6, 2020 @ 9:40am
      Sep 6, 2020
      Idealdshowland
      Picnic Rock Trail
      Aug 19, 2020 @ 7:56am
      Aug 19, 2020
      Idealdshowland
      Central Park
      Aug 19, 2020 @ 7:56am
      Aug 19, 2020
      Idealdshowland

      Activity Feed

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      user #2133206capedcodaddtrailThe Upside
      Jan 19, 2021 @ 8:10am
      Jan 19, 2021
      user #496108NEMBAbilladdreportDrumlins of Doom and 2 more
      Jan 11, 2021 @ 1:30pm
      Jan 11, 2021
      user #2250602emc140addphoto in Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
      Jan 1, 2021 @ 3:17pm
      Jan 1, 2021
      user #2250602emc140commenttrailShepley Trail
      Jan 1, 2021 @ 3:14pm
      Jan 1, 2021
      user #1612984RwlauterbachaddreportMei Li Way
      Dec 24, 2020 @ 10:26am
      Dec 24, 2020

      Recent Comments

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      user #2250602emc140trailShepley TrailWhoever took down the sign - thank you!! ????????
      Jan 1, 2021 @ 3:14pm
      Jan 1, 2021
      user #2250602emc140trailShepley TrailThe East end entrance/exit to the woods is now...
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 9:40am
      Aug 18, 2020
      user #496108NEMBAbilltrailLittle HathawaysThis is a really fun trail. Climbing from...
      Aug 9, 2020 @ 2:47pm
      Aug 9, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Willow Street 5 5 12.6 km
      Sandy Neck Beach 12.6 km
      Dennis Pond Conservation Area 2 43.4 km
      West Barnstable Conservation Area 11 31 33.9 km
      Higgins Crowell 59 153.9 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike4116 miles1,444 ft6 miles118 ft
      #4,871#2,228863743
      Hike4116 miles1,444 ft6 miles118 ft
      #4,308#2,1076352
      Trail Running4116 miles1,444 ft6 miles118 ft
      #4,310#2,1066311
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