While it is common knowledge that Boston boasts many opportunities to get out and explore the city by foot, many fail to realize that the area also features several great biking trails and other ways to explore on two wheels. If you are looking for some great places to ride your bike in Boston, here are a few suggestions to consider that are perfect for even those who are new to biking in the city.
Offering views of Boston from the 200-foot-high Peters Hill, the Arnold Arboretum boasts a 5-mile loop trail that connects to other bike paths. The Harvard-owned Arnold Arboretum is located at 125 Arborway in Boston.
Boasting 2.6 miles of shoreline and 5 miles of trails, the peninsula of Deer Island offers spectacular views away from vehicular traffic. You can also check out the sewage treatment plant, which transforms the regions wastewater to clean water, while you are there. The plant is certainly worth visiting at least once.
The 2.25-mile bike path through Franklin Park runs right next to the Franklin Park Zoo, providing fun sights to enjoy along the way. The urban park is located at 1 Franklin Park Road in Boston.
Fresh Pond Reservation
While motorized vehicles will still be within earshot, you won’t actually cross paths with them when you ride your bike through the Fresh Pond Reservation. Located at 180-220 Fresh Pond Parkway in Cambridge, Fresh Pond Reservation is home to the city’s water source with a 2.5-mile path around it.
Featuring up to 6 miles of trails to explore, Millennium Park also boasts amazing views of Blue Hills, Newton and downtown Boston. Your bicycle trip will also take you past the Charles River without ever leaving Boston Proper. Millennium Park can be found at 300 Gardner Street in West Roxbury.
Mystic River State Reservation
Located in Medford, the Mystic River State Reservation features several miles of bike paths running along the river. Along the way, you will pass through Arlington, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Somerville and Winchester. Yet, the path mostly avoids encountering motorized vehicles.
The Neponset Trail in Boston provides a variety of options to allow for a short or a longer bike ride. For 2.5 miles, the trail runs along the Neponset River as well as the river estuary and the Neponset Marsh. If you want to go further, follow the trail another 1.8 miles in Milton and Hyde Park. Continue to Mattapan to add another mile to your ride.
Northern Strand Community Trail
The Northern Strand Community Trail starts in Saugus and connects Everett, Lynn, Malden and Revere. Covering 10-miles of space, it is no wonder it is the preferred path for bike commuters traveling through the north shore region.
Stony Brook Reservation
Boasting bike paths ranging from 2 miles to 6 miles in length, Hyde Park’s Stony Brook Reservation offers excellent opportunities for nature watching. Stretching through the lower reaches of Boston into Dedham, the Stony Brook Reservation is located at 95 Turtle Pond Parkway.