Get on your bike and explore Boston's and Cambridge's fabulous biking trails
Get on your bike and head out for the territory ahead. And what a territory it is. In Boston, bike the Riverbend, a scenic one-mile stretch of Memorial Drive closed to traffic on Sundays. The 18-mile Charles River Bike Path follows both banks of the Charles River. Great riding abounds with miles of paved and unpaved bike trails, parks, neighborhoods, railroad beds, green spaces, historic areas, and places you can also walk, picnic and swim. Bike from your lodging
and make it part of your health regime
This is a series of links between parks from the Public Garden to Franklin Park, also passing through Back Bay Fens, Riverway, Olmsted Park, Riverway, and Arnold Arboretum. Trail Map
Total Length: 12 Miles
Wompatuck State Park is named for a 17th century Indian Chief whom the colonists knew as Josiah Wompatuck, and was later used by the U.S. military during World War II as an ammunition depot. Bicyclists who venture to Wompatuck State Park will find 12 miles of paved bike trails flanked by a peaceful wooded campground. One of the park’s main attractions is Mt. Blue Spring, a natural source of fresh drinking water to which visitors can help themselves at no cost.
Total Length: about 18 miles
This 14-mile loop follows both banks of the Charles River from the Museum of Science in Boston to Watertown Square in Watertown. The quality varies from 12 feet wide with center stripes to 4 feet wide with 6-inch drops at the edges. In some places it is barely wide enough for one bicycle to pass another; in others, there are separate bicycle and pedestrian paths. The path can be entered at any point on the Cambridge and Watertown sides, from all but the Longfellow and Boston University bridges on the Boston side, and from footbridges over Storrow Drive. The Urban Parks Division of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) manages and maintains this path.
Total length: 1 mile
Riverbend is not a park, but rather the informal name for a one-mile stretch of Memorial Drive in Boston from Eliot Bridge to Western Avenue that is closed to vehicle traffic on Sundays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. from the last Sunday in April through the second Sunday in November.
This 125-year-old Boston city park and Harvard research center was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and has a wonderful set of paved roads that are mostly closed to motorized traffic. Peters Hill, on which you now have to walk the last 200 feet to the summit, provides the best grounded view of Boston from within its boundaries.
Click here for a Trail Map (PDF)
Southwest Corridor Park
Along the Orange Line of the MBTA
Back Bay in Boston to Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, MA
Total length: 6 miles
The Southwest Corridor Park is a 4.7 mile, 52-acre, linear park stretching from the Back Bay to Forest Hills. It links the neighborhoods of South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain with a street-level, green open space for parkland and recreation. Approximately a quarter of the parkland is decked over the railroad tracks. Adjacent Streets, starting from the Boston Back Bay T station, include Carleton Street, Columbus Avenue, Tremont Street, Centre Street, Lamartine Street, Amory Street. Adjacent to Arnold Arboretum at the southern end.
Total Length: 10.13 miles
The Minuteman Bikeway passes through the historic area where the American Revolution began in April 1775. Built by Massachusetts on an inactive railroad, the trail is used by local residents as a convenient, eco-friendly way for commuters to reach train stations. The path is 12 feet wide, plowed in the winter time, and includes lots of stops for refreshments and restrooms at Depot Park in Bedford, the Lexington Visitor’s Center, Alewife Station, and business districts along the bikeway. Trail access in Bedford is available at the intersection of South Road and Loomis Street (exit 31B from I-95); at Lexington Center and Arlington Center, and at the Alewife T-Station.
Off Mystic Valley Parkway
Medford, Somerville, Everett, MA
Series of parks and green spaces along Mystic River; accessible by MBTA trains; walking, biking, picnicking, swimming
The Mystic River Reservation is a string of parks and greenways along the Mystic River. It includes lots of trails for biking and walking. Accessible from Boston and Cambridge by MBTA commuter trails.
See full description
of Mystic River Reservation.
See bike trails map
of Mystic River Reservation.