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Minuteman Bikeway Trail is a 10 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Arlington, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 10.0 mi Elevation gain 265 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Running

Forest

Paved

Rails trails

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Snow

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Getting There

This is a former right of way rail trail. It extends from Bedford, MA to Cambridge, MA. You will pass by Sly Pond and other historical parks and monuments on the way. It is all paved, level path. It is a very popular path so you will see others walking/running.

In Bedford, park in the parking lot of the Freight House Building.

Official Website for the Bikeway. http://www.minutemanbikeway.org/Pages/intro.html

You can park at the Arlington Station parking garage for a fee or at the Bedford Station if you want to start your ride from that point.

By car to Bedford: Coming from Interstate 95 (MA-Rte 128), take exit 31B for Routes 4/225 North toward Bedford [area map]. At the fourth traffic signal (and CVS store), turn left on Loomis St. Go to end of street to intersection with South Rd. The bikeway is adjacent to the Freight House building.

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Stephanie Ferello
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WalkingGreat!
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Michelle Wang
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Road biking

Flat path through lots of historic suburbs.

Samantha Bissell
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Road biking

Mostly flat but I definitely felt the incline on the way back toward Alewife! Mostly okay for social distancing, but surprisingly crowded at times.

Magic Mark
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Road biking

WEAR A MASK...!!

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Stacey Markovic
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Hiking

Bike path. Lots of traffic but smooth path.

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Joe Najjar
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Road biking

Good

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Gabi Leyton-Nolan
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Road biking

Very flat, lots of trees/shade.

Xiao Xiang
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Road biking

nice trail good day good ride.

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Evan Kelemen
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Road biking

not quite the route I intended

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Yvette Cendes
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Road biking

Biked from Alewife to Lexington, and lots of folks biking and walking even on a Friday. Well maintained but signposts are all gone the first few miles from Alewife with mile marker info.

Julie Sands
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Walking

Easy paved trail, just watch out for bikers going fast

Sung Chun
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never been but based on other reports i think i will love biking on it

Devon McGettrick
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Walking

Walk on this everyday...love it!

Kayla Doan
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Road biking
Shane H
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Road biking
Mike Whitt
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absoultely have never been but i love the pictures

Sharon Pigeon
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Great bike ride pretty flat. A few nice spots, spy pond, Arlington meadows and some creeks. If you start in Arlington stop by kickstand cafe for Vietnamese rolls, muffins, hot cider, coffee etc. bike friendly, great vibe. End of rail trail in Bedford has bike enabled clean rest room, tools, the rail shop and a bike shop. Stop by town centers on the way.

Sarah M
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Road biking

Beautiful ride, although very crowded on the weekend, it was quite enjoyable!

Rodney Dobbs
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Mountain biking

Loved the Trail. In great condition. Not too busy on a weekday.

Jenna Whitney
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Road biking
Kimberly Demont
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Road biking

Lots of traffic most of the time, but wide lanes make it fairly easy to pass slower users. Many parks and nature observation areas to enjoy along the main trail. Long, gentle grades; beautiful scenery; great people-watching; ideal for commuters.

Philip Anderson
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Road biking

Great

Susan Evans
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nice trail, very busy

Elisabeth Covell
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GREAT!!!

Lia Shields
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Road biking

Flat and shady, this trail is a nice ride! There are lots of pedestrians and other bikers, but most people are friendly, courteous and will share the path with no problem. There is a bike shop that has a door open to the path if you need to make a repair. There are lots of restaurants and shops along the way to get a bite to eat or a drink. There is a very short (literally crossing one block plus crossing a busy street with a light) part of the path that is not restricted - other than that, it is restricted to recreational use.

Eric R
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Mountain biking

Great trail, nice ride

Nicolas Nicolas Barcet
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Road biking

Nice cycling trail, but beware of the crowd on week-ends.

Karen Caponi
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Road biking

Very nice ride just outside of Boston. Easy, flat trail

Andrey O
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Road biking

As one of the most heavily-used trails in the country, it gets pretty crowded. You get a diverse mix of commuters, road bikers, rollerbladers, pedestrians, joggers, one or two random guys on an elliptical-bike, and lots of parents with strollers (one of the segments on Strava is named "Stroller Slalom" - HAH!). It usually gets better after you pass Trader Joes in Arlingon. My favorite parts are by the Meadows in Arlington/Lexington and past Lexington, when the trail gets a little 'wilder'. Several sections of the trail have been recently repaved and the lane markings on the whole trail repainted. Bonus points: you can bike all the way to Davis Square. Or, if you have the right bike, you can continue on the unpaved Reformatory Branch Trail in Bedford. You can hop off your bike and do some hiking in the Great Meadow in Arlington or the Parker Meadow Conservation Area in Lexington. In Bedford there's Hartwell Town Forest with some trails. Check OpenStreetMap for more info. Oh, an the trail gets plowed in the winter - how great is that!

Barbara Borelli
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Hiking

Had a great time on this bike trail,started in Bedford and rode to Davis square in Somerville.enjoyed a good burger,and rest,then headed back .great day.

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