Boston Harbor and Castle Island

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Boston Harbor and Castle Island is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boston, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and sea kayaking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 36 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

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This is a great walk around a causeway to a historic fort that you won't want to miss This is a very beautiful area just south of Boston. You will walk around an enclosed bay past a beach, a WWII memorial and then to one of the countries most famous forts which was built to defend the city of Boston. The lawn around the fort is also perfect for a picnic lunch. Keep your eye out for planes overhead (close overhead) from Logan airport as well as kiteboarders zooming around in the bay.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice little loop around the fort and the harbor. The hours to tour the actual fort are very limited. This is a fun walk especially if you combine it with other sections of the harbor walk.

road biking
5 months ago

Great place to ride and watch the planes land at Logan .

I would recommend this trail for someone looking for a dog-friendly trail or a trail with great picnic areas and views.

Out to castle island with stops to play and get ice cream

hiking
7 months ago

Great views of the water and a bit of history with Fort Independence to walk around. There was a nice breeze off the ocean and it was s relaxing easy walk. If your timing is right, Sullivan’s has great lobster rolls and it’s located at the parking lot adjacent to the trail and the fort.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Lots of doggos being walked. Beautiful view of Boston Harbor. Overall great walk. Perfect areas for a picnic.

walking
Fri Aug 17 2018

This is by far my favorite trail in the Boston area especially for evening walk. The sunset view from here is simply sublime and the views is unbeatable. And on windy days you are treated to wind surfers doing stunts on the bay. There is a nice children's playground and a really cool clam shack called Sullivan. I also enjoy watching planes go by at really close level from here. And from the pier you can see all kinds of boats go in and out of the harbor. I enjoy watching those dinner or party boat cruise go by. The only minus is that it gets much windier than anywhere else in Boston.

Mon Jun 18 2018

I was in Boston for a conference and looking for a nice, easy trail to ride a rented bicycle. This was a perfect little excursion. It was very easy to get to, the trail is paved, and there are accessible beach areas. There are also public restrooms and a snack bar. Very nice!

hiking
Thu May 24 2018

Very pleasant, why not?

walking
Thu Apr 26 2018

can't believe I spent most of my life hearing about this place but hadn't visited. I really like it... water views, city views. nice place to picnic. play area for kids. paved paths. watch plane activity at Logan.

running
Mon Jan 22 2018

I run this route regularly and love the ocean views. There were a few puddles along the route today that were leftover from (I'm guessing) a snowstorm that happened a few weeks ago. A lot of families will walk around this route when the weather is nice enough (e.g. today there were a lot of families and it was 45 degrees and sunny). I don't usually see wildflowers, but sometimes there are kite surfers (who can be carried maybe 20 feet up in the air) and Fort Independence is a cool place to visit too.

Tue Aug 22 2017

I love jogging here it's beautiful

walking
Thu Apr 20 2017

Come see the planes overhead heading for Logan International Airport. The hike is easy and there is a parking lot at the entrance.

walking
Thu Apr 06 2017

love the sunsets here, we come all the time, and when it's a full moon, it looks amazing on the water

walking
Mon Feb 20 2017

walking
Thu Jan 19 2017

nice walk go views of Boston Harbor

Sat Jun 07 2014

Not sure how it's 6 miles.... I just finished using Map My Hike and it is a 2.2 mile loop.

walking
Wed Jun 13 2012

Love walking this route! Scenery is great. easy walk

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