A Revolution begins - A Nation is born. At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors. Open sunrise to sunset.
cheryl i. on Battle Road Trail
Do it once for the historic significance. Noisy because of Air Force base and close proximity to a busy road. Hoping to avoid too much tourist activity, so we choose a week day and off season - but it was busy with local use, a mix of bikes, runners and walkers - seldom a thank you when you moved aside to let bikes & runners pass.
So if you looking for a peaceful hike, this isn't it
For locals, this would be a great place to jog, walk the dog, or stroll with friends. For tourists, it could be a very worthwhile stop in Concord, so long as you understand what to expect. The Battle Road Trail is a flat gravel path tracing the route of the running battle that took place between the Minute Men and the retreating British on April 19, 1775. It's 5 miles linear (10 miles there-and-back) and winds through what today is a mix of farm fields and young woods, with roughly a couple dozen historical markers along the way providing brief narration of who ambushed who at this particular spot, or who lived at the time in the house or site you're looking at. While the walk itself is quite pleasant, and the markers do suffice to give you the bare outlines of the story, some visitors (especially kids) might find all this a bit boring and disappointing on its own, in which case you'd probably do better to focus your visit on one or more of the ranger-guided programs available through the Park's Visitor Center (http://www.nps.gov/mima/planyourvisit/ranger-programs-and-tours.htm). If you're mostly just looking for a good walk with a bit of historical interest thrown in, this trail easily delivers, but if you were hoping for a more engrossing and informative experience, then you'll likely appreciate having an expert on hand to help it come alive for you.
Dale S. on Battle Road Trail
Great walk to Lexington and back. Concord next week, weather permitting. Well kept up with historical stops along the way.
We walked the 5-mile Battle Road today, starting at the Visitor's Center (off I-95 in Lexington) toward Concord. We are preparing for a longer hike this summer and wanted a nice practice hike. Indeed it is pretty, natural, relatively flat/level, and turns through beautiful old farms, Revolutionary-era homes and roads that once saw the early battles in the fight for this country. The only difficulty was the remaining snow and ice that still covered large portions of the trail. It is early April, though, and we should have remembered our crampons for increased sure-footedness. Also, gloves and warm hats would have helped. A good hike, though, and we will return many times in the future. At the end of the trail near Concord, we decided to walk into town for lunch (another mile), and found a "casual American bistro" Helen's Restaurant, 17 Main St. Great!! So many menu choices and all good, well-presented, and a great end of our hike. This is not a new area for us, but a new way of experiencing it. Often in summers past, we have kayaked on the Concord River, so it was nice to see this area from the ground this time! Altogether, a wonderful day. We recommend it!
Shannon M. on Battle Road Trail
Ran part of this today. I love coming here whenever I am in the area. Wide trail, beautiful, and full of history.