Charles River Short Bike Loop Trail

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Charles River Short Bike Loop Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cambridge, Massachusetts that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
36 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

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river

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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
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.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

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

walking
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.

hiking
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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

walking
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.

hiking
Friday, May 13, 2011

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
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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trail running
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walking
Friday, July 22, 2016

walking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

road biking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Monday, May 09, 2016

walking
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

trail running
Sunday, November 08, 2015

cross country skiing
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

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