Explore the most popular trails in Charles River Reservation with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of my favorite destination whenever I am in the city. The Longfellow bridge has been renovated now so it's a nice scenic river walk. I enjoyed the Charles River Esplanade area the most and there is a nice children's playground that kids will enjoy. I also enjoy watching all the sail boats on the Charles River and all the busy tour duck boats.

The sunset from here is absolutely spectacular as I've seen it many times. The Storrow Drive side is definitely the more scenic side but the Memorial Drive side is pretty good as well. In the evening, you will generally find plenty of photographers doing long exposure photography of Boston's skyline.

The charles is nice in winter or summer with rowing boat. Just like in movies

Not sure why it starts in west end, but nice path for running

Paved path. Very easy walk. No parking.

trail running
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

This is a great new 100% boardwalk trail. There are a few free public parking spots at the trail head to be used only while you are on the trail. There are also a few look-out decks perfect for a lunch break.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The trail was a very nice walk on a sunny day in the winter with the temperature in the 40s F. The way is paved throughout the entire route. I enjoyed my time outdoors doing the whole trail.

Best during sunset

Friday, August 05, 2016

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.

mountain biking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Nice view, calming ride

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

Monday, September 07, 2015

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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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

Friday, November 11, 2011

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.

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

Monday, March 07, 2011

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.

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