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10 Greater Boston Bike Paths You Don't Need to Drive To

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Goddamn, how 'bout the weather this weekend? To mark the unmistakable arrival of warmer temps, we came up with 10 biking paths around the region that you don't need a car to get to—you can instead take the T, the commuter rail or, um, bike to them. They collectively represent dozens of miles and hundreds of hours of scenic, transit-friendly urban pedaling at its finest. Better-known paths such as the Minuteman and the Charles River are here as are less-famous gems such as the City Square-to-Navy Yard route in Charlestown and the Fresh Pond Reservation Loop you can reach via the Red Line to Alewife.

And, if you're not the biking type and just want a quiet place to meander, check out our Curbed Map of 16 off-the-beaten-path parks. Finally, if we missed any particularly awesome bike paths, do drop us a message on the always-discreet Curbed Boston Tipline. Cheers.


· 16 of Greater Boston's Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Parks [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Maps archive [Curbed Boston]

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1. Deer Island

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The island includes 2.6 miles of shoreline and two miles of pathways. You can actually bike to it through Winthrop as its name is a misnomer: It's really a peninsula.

2. Millennium Park

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398 Gardner Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132

There are up to 6 miles of trails in this park, which also has fabulous views of downtown Boston and Newton.

3. Jamaicaway Bike Path

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28 New Heath Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This 9-mile trail runs between Leverett Pond and Jamaica Pond; it also connects with other paths.

4. Fresh Pond Reservation Loop

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250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Cambridge, MA 02138

This puppy runs about 2.5 miles around Cambridge's water source. Different buses go by, and the Alewife Red Line stop isn't that far away.

5. City Square Park

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1 City Square
Charlestown, MA 02129

You can start here or in nearby Paul Revere Park and do the approximately 1-mile cycle to the Navy Yard (and back).

6. Charles River Bike Path

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Charles River Bike Path
Boston, MA 02115

The path runs an epic 23 miles, on both sides of the river, through Boston and Watertown, all the way to Waltham.

7. Arnold Arboretum

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125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-1718

This approximately 5-mile loop around the Harvard research site comes with some nifty views of Boston via the 200-foot-high Peters Hill. It also connects to other paths.

8. Franklin Park Loop

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Walnut Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This primary path in the park is about 2.25 miles.

9. Minuteman Bikeway Path

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Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
Cambridge, MA 02140

This 11-mile path follows the first footsteps of the Revolution, and runs through Cambridge, Arlington and Lexington.

10. Stony Brook Reservation

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Hyde Park Avenue & West Street
Boston, MA 02136

Paths in this park run from just under 2 miles to more than 6.

11. Mystic River Reservation

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4253 Mystic Valley Parkway
Medford, MA

There are several miles of paths along the river that zip you through Winchester, Arlington, Medford, Somerville, Everett, and Chelsea (though mostly Somerville and Medford).

12. Neponset River Trail

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1 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186

The 2.5-mile trail runs along the Neponset River, the river estuary, and the Neponset Marsh. You can take the Red Line to three different stops to join it.

13. Bay Circuit Trail

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160 Lincoln Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

A reader swore by this monster: more than 200 miles of bike paths that connect with other bike paths, many entry points available via commuter rail.

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1. Deer Island

Boston, MA

The island includes 2.6 miles of shoreline and two miles of pathways. You can actually bike to it through Winthrop as its name is a misnomer: It's really a peninsula.

2. Millennium Park

398 Gardner Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

There are up to 6 miles of trails in this park, which also has fabulous views of downtown Boston and Newton.

398 Gardner Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132

3. Jamaicaway Bike Path

28 New Heath Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This 9-mile trail runs between Leverett Pond and Jamaica Pond; it also connects with other paths.

28 New Heath Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

4. Fresh Pond Reservation Loop

250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02138

This puppy runs about 2.5 miles around Cambridge's water source. Different buses go by, and the Alewife Red Line stop isn't that far away.

250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. City Square Park

1 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129

You can start here or in nearby Paul Revere Park and do the approximately 1-mile cycle to the Navy Yard (and back).

1 City Square
Charlestown, MA 02129

6. Charles River Bike Path

Charles River Bike Path, Boston, MA 02115

The path runs an epic 23 miles, on both sides of the river, through Boston and Watertown, all the way to Waltham.

Charles River Bike Path
Boston, MA 02115

7. Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This approximately 5-mile loop around the Harvard research site comes with some nifty views of Boston via the 200-foot-high Peters Hill. It also connects to other paths.

125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

8. Franklin Park Loop

Walnut Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This primary path in the park is about 2.25 miles.

Walnut Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

9. Minuteman Bikeway Path

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, Cambridge, MA 02140

This 11-mile path follows the first footsteps of the Revolution, and runs through Cambridge, Arlington and Lexington.

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
Cambridge, MA 02140

10. Stony Brook Reservation

Hyde Park Avenue & West Street, Boston, MA 02136

Paths in this park run from just under 2 miles to more than 6.

Hyde Park Avenue & West Street
Boston, MA 02136

11. Mystic River Reservation

4253 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA

There are several miles of paths along the river that zip you through Winchester, Arlington, Medford, Somerville, Everett, and Chelsea (though mostly Somerville and Medford).

4253 Mystic Valley Parkway
Medford, MA

12. Neponset River Trail

1 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186

The 2.5-mile trail runs along the Neponset River, the river estuary, and the Neponset Marsh. You can take the Red Line to three different stops to join it.

1 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186

13. Bay Circuit Trail

160 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773

A reader swore by this monster: more than 200 miles of bike paths that connect with other bike paths, many entry points available via commuter rail.

160 Lincoln Road
Lincoln, MA 01773