Boston's Emerald Necklace Trail

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Boston's Emerald Necklace Trail is a 32.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boston, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Discover Frederick Law Olmsted's famous system of parks on this bicycle tour of the historic Emerald Necklace. From the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue to the popular shores of Jamaica Pond to the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum, this chain of gardens, reserves, and open space serves as an oasis in the middle of a bustling city.

A bicycle is the way to go through the Emerald Necklace, if you can, though you can certainly walk it. It just makes for a longer day. Bring lots of water, wear good walking shoes and don't forget your camera.

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Viktor Hlas
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Becky Yang
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Jeff Johnson
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One of the best city park walks I’ve ever done! Fantastic! Beats Central Park, IMO.

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DeVaughn Lane
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fun trail through the city of Boston. this is a mix of dedicated bike Lanes and crossings through major intersections. Better in the earlier part of a weekend due to traffic, both people and vehicle kind during a beautiful day.

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Ricardo Sosa
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Sue Micinski
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Great ride!

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Joe Casey
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Joe Casey
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Joe Casey
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Joe Casey
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Joe Casey
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Rob Beattie
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Ed Laura
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Joe Bouzeid
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David Ralston
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James Rall
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JJ User
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Jon Lacey
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Sung Chun
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Mike West
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Lisa Yarussi
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Norrie Epstein
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Marie pier Lachance
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Morris Birnbaum
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Lalit Phadtare
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Sunder Singhani
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Jennifer Marquis
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Taylor C
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liu nan
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