Buzzards Bay Recreation Area in Bourne, Massachusetts is located right at the foot of the iconic Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge. It is the ideal place to start a day of exploring the northern shore of the Cape Cod Canal.
The US Army Corps of Engineers owns and maintains Buzzards Bay Recreation Area, a canal-side park. You can look up at the Cape Cod Railroad Bridge, which was the longest vertical lift bridge in the world when it was completed in 1935. The park is located at the westernmost point of access to the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, a 7-mile paved service road that runs from here to Scusset Beach. This wide, flat trail along the canal’s northern shore is ideal for biking, walking, and running.
The Cape Cod Canal is a busy waterway with a constant parade of boats passing by, including tugs and barges as well as sailboats and powerboats. Fishermen crowd the canal’s rocky shores, hoping to hook a fabled striper. Watch them while you picnic and play at the playground, or cast your own line to see what you can catch! The Cape Cod Canal is home to a diverse and one-of-a-kind array of wildlife. Seals, as well as sportfish such as stripers, bluefish, and sea bass, occasionally swim through here. Even whales have been spotted!
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- Address: 33 Canal Service Rd
- Town: Bourne
- State: Massachusetts
- GPS: Lat 41.74037 Lng -70.61463
- Parking notes: There are hundreds of parking spots at the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area which offers stunning views of the Cape Cod Canal and the iconic railroad bridge. Parking is free.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE