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      The West Barnstable Conservation Area is one of Cape Cod treasures and one of its prime riding areas. It's a 1200-acre parcel of conservation land in the village of West Barnstable. The main recreation focus is multi-use and revolves around mt.biking, hiking, trail running and cross country skiing. Hunting is allowed in season. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

      This area is very atypical of Cape Cod vegetation. American beech, Red oak, Sassafras, White pine, and American holly make up most of the tree canopy. The understory consists of Sweetfern, Bayberry, Greenbriar, Spirea, and low bush blueberry, to name a few.

      Management of the West Barnstable Conservation Area falls under the Barnstable Conservation Commission and the Barnstable Land Management Committee. However, most decisions are made by the Barnstable Land Management Committee which is a non-regulatory board.

      There are approximately 21 miles of singletrack that wind throughout the West Barnstable Conservation Area. The majority of singletrack is short and steep with some very twisted sections. Though the trails are not very technical, they’re full of short steep climbs which make for a great aerobic roller coaster ride.

      Maps are available through the Conservation Department and at the top of this page. Cape Cod NEMBA has built a scenic overlook in this area as well as naming and marking the trails with signs.

      The trails were originally a 9-mile enduro motorcycle loop back in the 70s It is now meticulously maintained and marked with over 20 miles of singletrack trails. Fire roads and fields add to the diversity. In the early 80's a couple of local legends, Doug Jordan and Art Hastings grabbed their Univega Alpha Unos and attempted those motorcycle trails which were straight-up-and-down-over-the-bars-rear-tire-skidding steep. At the end of 9 miles with tears in their eyes and many bruises, they called the area the "Trail of Tears". A name that has faded with time and the many improvements that Cape Cor NEMBA and the town of Barnstable have made over the years. Now the trails are mostly a pleasant fast-rolling challenge. Although there are many areas to ride on the Cape, the West Barnstable Conservation Area is one of the best.
      source: NEMBA
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Land Status: Conservation Reserve
      Land Manager: Town of Barnstable
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      The Big Ring parking lot and the parking lot off of Great Hill Road are the most popular to park at but there are many parking lots located around the conservation area so pick the one that works best for you.
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      Region Status
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      107
      Trails Mountain Bike
      108
      Trails Hike
      108
      Trails Trail Running
      108
      Trails Snowshoe
      91
      Total Distance
      41 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      15 miles
      Total Descent
      3,009 ft
      Total Vertical
      183 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      231 ft
      Reports
      1,728
      Photos
      180
      Ridden Counter
      23,249

      Photos of West Barnstable Conservation Area (WBCA) Mountain Bike

      trail: North Ridge
      15 |
      Oct 9, 2023 @ 9:37am
      Oct 9, 2023
      trail: North Ridge
      17 |
      Oct 9, 2023 @ 9:19am
      Oct 9, 2023
      35 |
      Jul 15, 2022 @ 3:06pm
      Jul 15, 2022
      37 |
      Jul 15, 2022 @ 3:06pm
      Jul 15, 2022
      48 |
      Jul 15, 2022 @ 3:06pm
      Jul 15, 2022
      52 |
      Jul 15, 2022 @ 1:35pm
      Jul 15, 2022
      trail: Dube's Sister
      142 |
      Feb 4, 2021 @ 4:34pm
      Feb 4, 2021
      289 |
      May 20, 2018 @ 10:50am
      May 20, 2018

      Videos of West Barnstable Conservation Area (WBCA) Mountain Bike

      Trail of Tears
      0:08 | 881 | Jun 9, 2019
      Highland Bike Park 2015 Cats Paw Train
      trail: Miguel
      4:26 | 696 | May 9, 2015
      Bikes & BQQ | Friday Flip Out Ride @ TOT |...
      2:09 | 440 | Oct 22, 2018 , Barnstable

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      Activity Type Stats

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      Mountain Bike10841 miles3,009 ft15 miles184 ft
      #403#2071681,7281411,323
      Hike10841 miles3,009 ft15 miles184 ft
      #267#16041,7233228
      Trail Running10841 miles3,009 ft15 miles184 ft
      #267#15881,7232289
      Snowshoe9132 miles2,569 ft12 miles184 ft
      #25#132791
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