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




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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.

Beautiful ride under trees and along the river. The day I rode my bicycle weather was perfect.

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.

One of my favorite destination whenever I am in the city. The Longfellow bridge has been renovated now so it's a nice scenic river walk. I enjoyed the Charles River Esplanade area the most and there is a nice children's playground that kids will enjoy. I also enjoy watching all the sail boats on the Charles River and all the busy tour duck boats.

The sunset from here is absolutely spectacular as I've seen it many times. The Storrow Drive side is definitely the more scenic side but the Memorial Drive side is pretty good as well. In the evening, you will generally find plenty of photographers doing long exposure photography of Boston's skyline.

on Harvard Yard Tour

3 months ago

I enjoyed getting to know the Harvard campus and this area of Cambridge.

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

Not sure why it starts in west end, but nice path for running

Paved path. Very easy walk. No parking.

10 months ago

I got to spend time in Cambridge a number of years ago, exploring the Harvard campus and hanging out in Harvard Square while visiting a friend who was taking summer classes. It was a lot of fun and a neat experience!

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!

mountain biking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Great out and back bike ride along the Charles. Highly recommended.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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

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.

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

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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