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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 Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of May 6, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      104
      Trails Mountain Bike
      104
      Trails Hike
      104
      Trails Trail Running
      104
      Trails Snowshoe
      86
      Total Distance
      41 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      14 miles
      Total Descent
      2,921 ft
      Total Vertical
      183 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      231 ft
      Reports
      1,145
      Photos
      72
      Ridden Counter
      18,260

      Photos of West Barnstable Conservation Area (WBCA) Mountain Bike

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      Jul 15, 2022 @ 3:06pm
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      Jul 15, 2022 @ 3:06pm
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      Jul 15, 2022 @ 1:35pm
      Jul 15, 2022
      trail: Three Bitches
      46 |
      Oct 15, 2021 @ 1:19pm
      Oct 15, 2021
      trail: Three Bitches
      39 |
      Oct 14, 2021 @ 11:30am
      Oct 14, 2021
      trail: Dube's Sister
      85 |
      Feb 4, 2021 @ 4:34pm
      Feb 4, 2021
      236 |
      May 20, 2018 @ 10:50am
      May 20, 2018

      Videos of West Barnstable Conservation Area (WBCA) Mountain Bike

      Trail of Tears
      trail: ToT North
      0:08 | 804 | Jun 9, 2019
      Highland Bike Park 2015 Cats Paw Train
      trail: Miguel
      4:26 | 680 | May 9, 2015
      Bikes & BQQ | Friday Flip Out Ride @ TOT |...
      2:09 | 355 | Oct 22, 2018 , Barnstable

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      ToT North
      Jan 10, 2023 @ 11:23pm
      Jan 10, 2023
      IdealdshowlandDown tree at the western end near the...

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      user #2622951ChathamhoodbikesriddentrailToT South and 1 more
      Jan 29, 2023 @ 6:12pm
      Jan 29, 2023
      user #2068131dshowlandaddreportBriar Ridge and 6 more
      Jan 29, 2023 @ 2:21pm
      Jan 29, 2023
      user #3183926tjharris78wishlistrouteMBAS '16 Expert Loop
      Jan 29, 2023 @ 6:07am
      Jan 29, 2023
      user #3176895pikachucuddly25addlistCape Cod Pathways
      Jan 17, 2023 @ 5:36pm
      Jan 17, 2023
      user #1612984RwlauterbachcommentreportToT North
      Jan 12, 2023 @ 3:41pm
      Jan 12, 2023

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      user #1612984RwlauterbachreportToT NorthCan you use the trail care app some we can...
      Jan 12, 2023 @ 3:41pm
      Jan 12, 2023
      user #1481746gbtourtrailDuck & CoverSweet trail - gnomes did a good job with this one.
      Oct 11, 2022 @ 4:49am
      Oct 11, 2022
      user #646642Boodles07reportThree BitchesLet’s organize a trail day and get the...
      Sep 17, 2022 @ 6:02am
      Sep 17, 2022
      user #2800732SlowdivetrailHighway TrailVegetation overgrown, hard to follow. Ended...
      Jul 11, 2022 @ 9:57am
      Jul 11, 2022
      user #1481746gbtourtrailTractor Tire TrailGood use a little cleaning - lots of debris on...
      May 3, 2022 @ 6:21am
      May 3, 2022

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike10441 miles2,920 ft14 miles184 ft
      #422#216721,14568,112
      Hike10441 miles2,920 ft14 miles184 ft
      #280#1681,140122
      Trail Running10441 miles2,920 ft14 miles184 ft
      #281#1671,140211
      Snowshoe8632 miles2,441 ft11 miles184 ft
      #22#13332
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