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.

Stunning views of Boston skyline.

hiking
2 months ago

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
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

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!

take the T.

trail running
8 months ago

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
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I love jogging here it's beautiful

walking
Monday, August 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!

walking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Come see the planes overhead heading for Logan International Airport. The hike is easy and there is a parking lot at the entrance.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I went there last weekend and I had a blast. being from Winthrop I've been there plenty of times but every time is a new experience.

walking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

love the sunsets here, we come all the time, and when it's a full moon, it looks amazing on the water

walking
Monday, February 20, 2017

walking
Thursday, January 19, 2017

nice walk go views of Boston Harbor

walking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I walk this regularly (at least twice a week). here are some little trails off the beaten path hat nobody uses but the regulars. It can get pretty crowded but the ocean view is amazing, plus heading towards the city as the sun is going down is beautiful.

walking
Friday, August 05, 2016

Lots of wonderful Italian restaurants in the North End!

great for walks, biking, dog walking, jogging

Monday, April 11, 2016

Beautiful view to the city of Boston

on Deer Island Trail

walking
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Nice view if boston city center and harbor islands, especially at sunrise or sunset. Free parking but small. The bad side is that the path is around a sewage station so the smell and the view is quite bad...

Friday, June 26, 2015

Great view! Not so great smell. Quite dynamic when the wind is right and the waves crash on the seawall.

Simple, flat but pretty with nice view of the pond. Good for walking running or biking. Is what it is...no frills, but enjoyable.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Not sure how it's 6 miles.... I just finished using Map My Hike and it is a 2.2 mile loop.

walking
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Love walking this route! Scenery is great. easy walk

Great walk. Paved path is as easy as it gets. Good for kids learning to ride their bikes, strollers, and also wheelchair accessible. Pond wildlife like ducks, geese, and fish when the pond is stocked twice a year. Sailing lessons and canoe/ rowboats for rent make the pond a local destination for frequent and varied uses. Exercize stations throughout make it a go to for JP residents. There is a historic element addressed by signage and representative building foundation on a hill north of the pond. Nice, however often busy, family walk.

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