Explore the most popular Beach trails near Boston with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Great, easy, paved walking path. Summer sunsets here are incredible.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Easy trail. No shade. But great views of the Boston Skyline

hiking
5 months ago

Mostly paved but a few grass trails as well. Awesome skyline and Boston harbor views. Also views and smells of the wastewater treatment plant.

road biking
6 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

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
8 months ago

Beautiful views of Boston skyline. Paved trails for biking. Grefor birding.

We went for a relaxed and leisurely stroll around the pond. We parked at Olmstead park and walked down to Jamaica pond. Beautiful views, shady pathway, dogs on leashes, lots of geese with their younglings. Highly recommend for families and the elderly. Easy stroll. Boat rentals are also available.

hiking
bridge out
no shade
9 months ago

Great walk on a drizzly Boston day.

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
Sun Oct 21 2018

Easy trail, pretty views. You do walk around a huge water treatment plant, but it didn’t bother me.

walking
Sun Oct 21 2018

I enjoyed the walk and the landscape was pretty on a fall day. The main paths are paved and there are a few smaller trails throughout the route that are unpaved but cleared. I had not walked there before and it was worth the trip.

Sun Sep 30 2018

Stunning views of Boston skyline.

hiking
Fri Aug 17 2018

This trail would is quite scenic especially at night. The view of Boston's skyline is really spectacular from here as I've caught it several times now. The major problem with this trail is that from time to time, the smell coming out of the sewage treatment is pretty strong. It's not constant so you may smell it or you may not on a given hike. If not for that, this trail would be so much nicer.

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.

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!

Very pleasant, why not?

walking
Mon May 14 2018

Nice easy walk around the island. Yes, it can smell at certain points, but it’s not the entire walk. It was overcast today but still beautiful. Gorgeous Boston city skyline. Easy walk for the dogs with paved trail the entire way. Small parking lot. Would love to come back with sunny skies.

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.

best views of the boston skyline at the top of north drumlin! great little hike. love the harbor islands so much!

walking
Sat Feb 24 2018

take the T.

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.

Nice walk around the parkway. Paved with some small hills but otherwise flat. No parking at the starting point. Will need to drive to the other side of the pond for street parking.

walking
Sun Nov 26 2017

Pretty flat paved trail along the edge of the water. Parking lot has about 20 spaces. Beautiful views of the city.

Thu Nov 02 2017

I prefer to go on the week days, as it can get quite crowded most weekends. Nice view of Boston and the harbor islands. I like to take the trails that are off the main trail for a more nature feel.

I love jogging here it's beautiful

walking
Mon Aug 14 2017

We bought tickets for the Boston Harbor Cruises Beergarden Sunday night and had an amazing time. There were only about 30 of us on the island and the sunset over the Boston skyline was gorgeous. The Perimeter trail is nice and flat and perfect for a little walk. I would recommend heading up onto the North Drumlin for the best views of the city!

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