Cape Cod RV Vacation, Upper Cape Cod Camping
A Cape Cod RV Vacation will offer many good campsites both State and private. One of the best might be Shawme Crowell State Forest, perhaps the best kept secret in Sandwich on the upper Cape, and the best run secret at that.. They have camping on sites large enough to have a camp fire and they have bike trails within the park and many others in the area, especially along the nearby Cape Cod Canal.
Shawme Crowell has everything that the other State parks have and maybe a little more. For openers, the sites are spaced well enough apart to avoid the camping ghetto feeling you get in some parks where every tree has been removed to make more space for mobile plastic.
The location at the beginning of Cape Cod at Sandwich gives the park an edge also, Sandwich bills itself as the museum town and rightly so: lots of history, nature preserves, and exquisite antique buildings, including the Hoxie House, the oldest house on Cape Cod.
The park accommodates tenters and RV campers with a dump station and water. (Recycling station, a fine example and introduction to re-use of plastic, glass, paper) No Hookups. Many miles of bike and walking trails are within the park and a short drive or bike ride away, you find the Cape Cod Canal with its nearly 14-miles of flat, paved trails that run beside the canal.
Within a few miles of Shawme Crowell State Forest, you find Scusset Beach State Reservation and its campground. The fee for Shawme Crowell, $12 for residents of the State $15 for others, is applicable for parking at Scusset. This is a cold water beach but the boat action in the canal can provide some entertainment. The canal can provide some good striper fishing from the jetty and the banks and in salt water there is no need for a license although you do need to observe length limits and bag limits.
On the south side of the canal, the town of Sandwich has three salt water beaches reached by a gravel trail from the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center and from the boardwalk. (Free Parking, Big rig parking in the overflow lot next to the lobster market)
The Cape Cod RV Vacation offers the Cape Cod Canal Bike Trail's eastern end at the Scusset Beach State Reservation.
The longest elevating center Span bridge in the country when it was built in the mid 30s The Cape Cod Canal railroad bridge still carries train traffic, a sightseeing train and a train that hauls rubbish to a recycling mill. Photo at right shows elevating center span lowered for the passage of a train. (Free parking, large vehicle parking on the north side of the canal railroad bridge lot in Buzzards Bay.)
The flat paved trail runs seven miles on one side of the canal and six and a half on the other. You can walk your bike over the Sagamore and Bourne bridges to bike both sides of the canal in one day, a total of about 14 miles..
A sightseeing train runs across the bridge
Shawme Crowell State Forest's proximity to the Cape Cod Canal and the village of Sandwich puts many interesting activities within range including fishing, biking, and sightseeing at the many museums.
Top right: The oldest house on Cape Cod, the Hoxie House built in 1673, now a museum where docents give tours and explain in fascinating detail, the life of the colonial Americans. Left, the Dexter Grist Mill first built in 1647, where a miller demonstrates the trade and grinds corn for visitors..
Just a short bike ride or drive from Shawme Crowell State Forest you find the center of the Village of Sandwich and a treasure trove of colonial history, some elegant old buildings, and several museums. Foremost might be the Sandwich Glass Museum with its 5000 pieces of rare antique glass and its demonstrations of the glass making trade. Sandwich was once an important center of glass making where the industry prospered from the eighteen forties up to the early 1900s.(Free parking, large rig parking at the lower lot)
Sandwich Village has some great old buildings and a ton of galleries, shops, wine store, tea houses, inns, B&Bs, and a relaxed Cape Cod ambiance that makes it a great place for a vacation.
Cape Cod's RV and Tent Park, Shawme Crowell State Forest in Sandwich on upper Cape Cod has bike trails within the park and other bike trails along the nearby Cape Cod Canal.
Shawme Crowell in Sandwich the museum town offers history, nature preserves, and the Hoxie House, the oldest house on Cape Cod.
A Cape Cod RV Vacation with Upper Cape Cod Camping is offered at Scusset Beach State Reservation near Shawme-Crowell State Forest
Cape Cod RV Vacation, Upper Cape Cod Camping offers camping on the Cape Cod Canal
A Cape Cod RV Vacation on Upper Cape Cod offers Camping and bike trails along the Cape Cod Canal.
Shawme Crowell State Forest in Sandwich the museum town offers history, nature preserves, galleries, and the Hoxie House, the oldest house on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod RV Vacation, Upper Cape Cod Camping, RV camping at Scusset Beach State Park.
Cape Cod RV Vacation, Upper Cape Cod Camping, Shawme Crowell State Forest
A Cape Cod RV Vacation on the Upper Cape offers bike trails on both sides of the Cape Cod Canal with a sidewalk over the two highway bridges.
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