Charles River Short Bike Loop Trail

EASY 11 reviews

Charles River Short Bike Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cambridge, MA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

4.0 miles 61 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This leisurely ride takes you to some of Boston's wonderful waterways, following the beautiful Charles River paths. This leisurely ride takes you to some of Boston's wonderful waterways, following the beautiful and historic Charles River on both the Boston and Cambridge sides as you make your way towards Boston Harbor. This tour is an excellent introduction to the paved bike paths and includes some of the best views of the city. This is our most family friendly tour; it's great for children and inexperienced riders.

walking
3 months ago

A good place to get in your morning exercise (along with many other Bostonians). Nice views of the city and likely some sculling on the Charles.

walking
5 months ago

6 months ago

Good walk on a summer day with a cold drink and friends.

6 months ago

11 months ago

cross country skiing
1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

This can be infinitely varied. Best thing to do is lengthen it. Extend your walk downstream to cross at the dam and upstream to cross at the BU bridge. Downstream there is a small embayment just northwest of the dam that is delightful. Crossing upstream at the BU bridge allows one to enjoy even more of the embankment on the Boston side.

hiking
4 years ago

Absolutely stunning. Perfect for a beautiful fall day as well.

walking
5 years ago

It is always nice to take a walk along a body of water. Along the Charles you can run, walk, roller blade, bycycle , people watch, or fly a kite. There are walkways on both sides of the river. (that is the Cambridge side and the Boston side.) One of my favorite walks is from Boston University to Charles Street passing the Hatch Shell (where there are summer concerts)and Community Boating. (Sailing!) Plenty of Benches for sitting as well.

hiking
5 years ago

It's a nice walk but the path can get congested at times and there are a lot of bikes constantly going by on sometimes very narrow pathways. Still fun though and the Charles really does have a certain beauty to it. I'd recommend it for a nice leisurely stroll

walking
5 years ago

I grew up with this area near my homes. This walk has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands, including most students at Harvard, MIT, Bostaon Latin, etc. over the years. The Charles was somewhat unfairly immortalized in the classic 60's song "Dirty Water". It is a nice river with a nice walk, despite the surrounding traffic on major arteries on both sides of the river. Try to get there when the sailboats are out and the racing shells are practicing.