Fresh Pond Reservation Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cambridge, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
32 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This is a nice walk around the 155 acre Fresh Pond Reservoir. There is one main path around the pond with options for short side trails. There are three main entrances at Alewife Brook, The Cambridge Water Works and Glacken Field but you need to be a Cambridge resident to park here.

walking
21 days ago

Easy loop with benches and pretty views. Makes for a nice constitutional when in town. Lots of dog walkers, joggers somewhat distracting - but hey, it's in a city.

21 days ago

Very nice stroll with benches along the walkway. Dogs seemed to be allowed off leash

1 month ago

parking is a pain, the pond is chained off and the area around it is not the nicest. would only go here if I lived within a few blocks.

hiking
2 months ago

I’m on this trail everyday on weekdays. It’s a beautiful loop that’s fairly easy. Parking inside can be a pain if you aren’t a Cambridge resident. But there’s plenty of street parking if you come from Concord ave. It isn’t a moderate trail; it’s definitely an easy one.

walking
3 months ago

This is a lovely walk around the fenced Fresh Pond reservoir. There’s a cute little dogs-only swimming area at Little Fresh Pond. Dogs are supposed to be on leash the rest of the walk, but unfortunately, most folks ignore that and let their dogs run loose. Not sure why it’s rated moderate here; the main trail is flat as a pancake and paved! A very nice walk for a day when you can’t get out of the city.

hiking
5 months ago

Not the biggest fine,but if you are in the area, why not?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

As close as you can get to nature without leaving the city. Free parking in the lot with a Cambridge city sticker. Has a "dog beach" in the marsh about halfway through the loop. Lots of dogs off leash if that's a draw, or a drawback, for you!

walking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Fresh Pond Reservation Loop was a nice walk on a beautiful day. It was good to experience a more secluded area in Cambridge and there were plenty of people utilizing the trail, although it was not crowded. Around 85-90% of the trail is paved.

walking
Friday, August 19, 2016

This is my home base. Not easy to find a closed off space in the city. Lots of dogs, birdwatchers, runners, bikes, etc. four seasons of getting off the roads.
Parking is tough for non residents.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

recorded Fresh Pond

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

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Sunday, June 21, 2015