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      The Badlands are located in Yarmouth Port just north of Route 6. They consist of a vast network of trails on both private and public lands. They go on for miles. The Badlands’ trails actually connect to trails leading all the way back to Maple Swamp at exit 63. That’s about 30 miles. (But we’ll save that ride for another day.)

      The riding at the Badlands ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. Many of the singletracks are smooth and flowy, completely lacking in rocks or roots as the glide up, down and around some very gentile hills.

      On the other extreme, the rediculous, is the Badland Trail. Although the whole area is referred to by the locals as The Badlands, the Badland Trail itself is a deviously constructed singletrack that winds itself over and around every defilement, rock, crevice and drop that could be found at a long abandoned sandpit. You’ll know when you’re on it because it will be unlike anything else you’ve ever ridden. Ummmm – Or walked, before.

      Fortunately the Badland Trail is an exception. Most of the area’s trails are quite suitable for all levels of riders though some are quite hilly. The gently rolling hills become steeper and longer as you head east and they do add up. By the end of your ride, you'll be tired. A quick look at the map will show you that the trail network is quite convoluted. More than one day of exploring will be required to find out where they all go.

      Assisting in this is a marked portion of the Cape Cod Pathway that sort of runs from end to end and the Bud Carter trail that starts in the northeastern corner.

      Weir Road, which turns into Great western Road runs through the middle of the Badlands. The trails to the east of Weir/Great Western are mostly easy and flowing with some hills. That is – except for the Badlands Trail.

      The climbs north of Weir/Great Western Road can be challenging. Especially if you’re going the wrong way on the area’s many singletracks. But they do have a purpose. At one point you’ll be at the top of an immense sand pit with an excellent view of the surrounding area. Step, or ride off the edge of the sandpit though, and it’s a long way down.

      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Land Status: City Managed
      Land Manager: Town of Yarmouth
      Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      I usually choose to park near the base of German Hill Road, about 1000 feet north of Route 6 where there’s a small parking area. 42 German Hill Road, Yarmouth Port on your GPS will get you there. Though the trail starts about 500 feet before that. The main trail goes into the woods on the north side of this road. Park here and you get to ride all of the best flowy stuff before you get to the harder trails.

      Alternatively you could park at 230 North Dennis Road where there’s very limited parking. This is at the start of the Bud Carter Trail. If you choose that option you’ll be starting at the low point of the area and will get some warm up climbs right off the bat.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Apr 17, 2023
      Local Trail Association


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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Trails Snowshoe
      Total Distance
      11 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      4 miles
      Total Descent
      1,033 ft
      Total Vertical
      119 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      126 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Photos of The Badlands Mountain Bike

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      Mar 3, 2023 @ 9:00pm
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      Mar 3, 2023 @ 9:00pm
      Mar 3, 2023
      trail: King Arthur
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      Jul 13, 2022 @ 4:26am
      Jul 13, 2022
      trail: Water Tower
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      May 7, 2022 @ 1:24pm
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      trail: Water Tower
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      May 7, 2022 @ 1:24pm
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      trail: Water Tower
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      May 7, 2022 @ 1:24pm
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      Jul 25, 2020 @ 3:41am
      Jul 25, 2020

      Recent Trail Reports

      Chasing Time
      Nov 14, 2023 @ 3:46pm
      Nov 14, 2023
      Ideal Discussed with Ken and this really isn't...dlafreniere CC NEMBA
      Back Door
      Jun 23, 2023 @ 9:51am
      Jun 23, 2023
      Higher Power
      May 10, 2023 @ 11:58am
      May 10, 2023
      DryRecent deadfall cleared as of 4/9/23kenbarr
      Careless Amusement
      May 4, 2023 @ 7:30am
      May 4, 2023
      Panty Bucket
      Apr 24, 2023 @ 9:02am
      Apr 24, 2023
      IdealHike Clear of deadfall and debris. Leaf blower...kenbarr
      Oil Pan
      Apr 19, 2023 @ 5:34am
      Apr 19, 2023
      CC Pathways
      Apr 18, 2023 @ 10:34pm
      Apr 18, 2023
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      Apr 18, 2023
      Warm Up
      Apr 18, 2023 @ 10:34pm
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      Do Drop In
      Apr 18, 2023 @ 10:34pm
      Apr 18, 2023
      IdealSome briar overgrowth that needs trimming...kenbarr

      Activity Feed

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      Recent Comments

      natescantrailU-JointThis was insane! Beginners should probably not...
      May 27, 2023 @ 3:04pm
      May 27, 2023
      MadthotrailBlack RacerNice flowy Cape-scape. This is in no way a...
      Mar 31, 2023 @ 8:16pm
      Mar 31, 2023
      MadthoreportHigher PowerEdit: it’s on Higher Power
      Mar 31, 2023 @ 9:01am
      Mar 31, 2023
      beaton10trailPanty BucketRiding it from west to east there are many...
      Nov 18, 2022 @ 7:21am
      Nov 18, 2022
      ParinellatrailCareless AmusementThis whole area was a little overgrown. Still...
      Oct 20, 2022 @ 1:15pm
      Oct 20, 2022

      Nearby Areas

      Camp Greenough 16 4 12.1 km
      Dennis Pond Conservation Area 2 12.6 km
      Higgins Crowell 63 132.8 km
      Willow Street 10 8 43.7 km
      Bell's Neck Conservation Lands 114.8 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike4511 miles1,033 ft4 miles118 ft
      Hike4511 miles1,033 ft4 miles118 ft
      Trail Running4511 miles1,033 ft4 miles118 ft
      Snowshoe4511 miles1,033 ft4 miles118 ft
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