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slides: Getting Out: New England’s 10 Best Bike Trails

Friday, April 04, 2014


Now that the weather is getting warmer (we hope) it’s time to enjoy all of those activities we had to avoid during those cold winter months. One of the most popular spring-time activities is riding your bicycle throughout your town to enjoy the fresh air or to spend time with friends.

New England has a number of bike paths that allow you enjoy the spring-time, get some exercise and take in some great New England views all at the same time.

Dust off your bike and put on that helmet because it’s time to get riding.


Related Slideshow: Getting Out: Best Bike Trails

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Cape Cod Rail Trail

This Cape Cod bike trail follows the route of a former railroad for 22 miles. This bike path has a paved surface, few hills, and has well-marked automobile crossings making it ideal for cycling. The trail’s unpaved shoulder is also perfect for runners and walkers. The best part of this trail is its location. There are plenty of opportunities to get off the trail and hit the beach so you can rest and enjoy the warm weather. For more information, click here.

Cape Cod Rail Trail: Wellfleet, MA, 02667

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Stony Brook Reservation

The Stony Brook Reservation contains 475 acres of scenic landscapes and 10 to 12 miles of hiking trails and bicycle paths. These paths wander through the quiet and forested areas of the reservation so the Stony Brook Reservation is the perfect place to bike if you’re looking for a peaceful afternoon. For more information, click here.

Stony Brook Reservation: Boston, MA, 02132

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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Like the Cape Cod trail the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10 foot wide bicycle path. This 11.2 mile path passes through the Hoosic River Valley and between the Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountain Ranges. Literally meaning “the pleasant river in-between the hills,” the Ashuwillitook path is beautiful and accessible to cyclists at all skill levels. For more information, click here.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail: Adams, MA, 01220

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Nashua River Rail Trail

The Nashua River Rail Trail travels along numerous scenic overlooks and is a 10 foot wide paved trail that extends 11 miles. The trail extends through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. The entire trail is open to pedestrians, bicyclists, inline skaters and wheel chairs. The Ayer trailhead also offers access to commuter rail service between Boston and Fitchburg. For more information, click here

Nashua River Rail Trail: Groton, MA, 01450

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Minuteman Bikeway

The Minuteman Bikeway is known as America’s Revolutionary Rail Trail and passes through the historic area where the Revolutionary War began in 1775.  This path has become the perfect place for people to come together, ride their bikes, and walk the path. The path also connects to the Alewife “T” station in Cambridge allowing pedestrians easy access to the subway. For more information, click here.

Minuteman Bikeway: Arlington, MA, 02474

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Blue Hills Reservation

The Blue Hills Reservation covers 7,000 acres of land and includes a network of wide carriage roads and rocky hilltop trails making it ideal for mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels. The areas that allow mountain biking include the Great Blue Hill, Houghton’s Pond, Ponkapoag Pond and Little Blue Hill. Check their website for details. For more information, http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-boston/mountain-biking-in-dcrs-blue-hills-reservation.html" target="_blank">click here. 

Blue Hills Reservation: 695 Hillside Street, Milton, MA, 02186 

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Cape Ann

About 30 miles Northeast of Boston is Cape Ann, a rocky cape on the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most beautiful spots to bike on Cape Ann is on Route 127. This road runs along the circumference of the island and along the shore. The road also takes you through beaches, villages, points, eateries and shops. For more informaiton, click here.

Cape Ann: Rockport, MA, 01966  

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Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path

The Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path is a path that runs 14 miles and follows the banks of the Charles River from the Museum of Science to Watertown Square. This path is 12 feet wide at some points and narrow at other points along the trail, making this a path for experienced bikers. For more information, click here

Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path: Cambridge, MA, 02138

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Pierre Lallement Southwest Corridor Bikepath

This bike path provides an alternative mode of transportation to those tired of Boston’s busy streets between downtown Boston and its southern neighborhoods. This path was built by the MBTA and includes four miles of separate bicycle and pedestrian paths. For more information, click here.

Pierre Lallement Southwest Corridor Bikepath: Southwest Corridor, Boston, MA, 02119

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Arnold Arboretum

This 125 year old Boston city park and Harvard Research Center used to be closed to bikers but that is no longer the case. This park connects to other Boston bikeways such as the Stony Brook Reservation and the 200 foot summit in the park provides the best grounded view of Boston. For more information, click here.

Arnold Arboretum: 125 Arbor Way, Boston, MA, 02130


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