Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path


Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Suffolk
Length: 13.6 miles
Trail end points: Museum of Science (Boston) and Galen St. (Watertown)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8594111
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Register for Free with TrailLink Today!

View over 30,000 miles of trail maps
Share your trail photos
Save Your Favorite Trails
Find New Trails Near You
Leave reviews for trails
Submit new trails to our site
Register Now

Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path Description

Nestled in Boston’s Charles River Reservation, the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path offers a pleasant walk or ride along both sides of the river from the city’s Museum of Science to Watertown. To reach both shores, the Charles River can be crossed easily by way of several pedestrian bridges.

Also known as the Charles River Path or Charles River Greenway, the trail was named in honor of a Massachusetts native and renowned cardiologist who stressed the importance of preventive medicine such as walking and biking.

Near the eastern end of the trail, be sure to stop in North Point Park for scenic overlooks of the river. As you travel west, you’ll pass the campuses of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, and Harvard University, making this a popular route for students and faculty. Attractions along the way include Magazine Beach (with a swimming pool, athletic fields, and playground), Christian A. Herter Park (which features community gardens, a playground, and canoe and kayak rentals), and the Watertown Dam.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the numerous points along the route, including:

  • North Point Park (6 Museum Way, Cambridge)
  • Magazine Beach (668 Memorial Dr., Cambridge)
  • Christian A. Herter Park (1175A Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton)

Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path Reviews

A pretty nice trail for a few hours. Mostly you're riding near the river so you can see plenty of boats, geese with their sweet kids, nice bridges and great views of Boston. I'm going to use this trail many times more.

Using directions from the Symbol on the trail map from our home in NH, we were able to find and park on Charles River Dam Rd. From that point on, it was nothing more than a maze. We never were able to find the bike path. If there had been ONE sign, marker, or anything pointing us in the right direction, we might have had a chance. Anyway, we rode around in circles for 2 miles and gave up. Seriously, this trail needs a good map or some trail markings. The only positive, is that the supposed trail is not very far from the Minuteman Bike way.

As a native Bostonian, I love this trail. I parked for free at Magazine Beach Park, road towards and crossed Weeks Bridge and continued along Soldiers Field Road to the Hatch Shell where I stopped for an iced latte at the Charles River Bistro where a jazz quartet was playing. Such a relaxing take! I returned the same route since most of Memorial Drive's path is under major construction. The activity on the River was amazing!


We parked at the Christian Herter park on the south side of the Charles River (there was plenty of free parking on a Friday) and completed the trail as shown on the map. Highlights included passing by the campuses of Harvard and MIT and the Museum of Science, several boat houses with rowing shells and sailboats, lots of sailboats and kayaks on the water, watching a sailing class (it was a windy day and we saw two boats capsize while eating lunch), and the Boston Pops concert area with the concert shell and the howitzer that is fired when the Boston Pops plays the 1812 overture. Most of the trail was in good shape, although there were a few rough spots, construction areas, and busy intersections. Even though we normally prefer to ride in quieter, more secluded areas, we rated it a 5 star because of the interesting sights along the way. As an observation, there are places that rent kayaks and canoes, including one in (or next to) Christian Herter park. If you would like, you could easily combine biking with kayaking or canoeing (or possibly taking a sailing class or renting a sailboat) or a visit to the Museum of Science. We first rode east from the Christian Herter park to the Eliot Bridge and crossed over the Charles River to do the loop portion of the east end of the Charles as shown on the map. After completing the loop, we continued on the south side to the Galen Street Bridge to Watertown. We crossed the bridge and returned on the north side of the Charles to the Eliot Bridge which we crossed again to get back to our car. We enjoyed the north side between Watertown and the Eliot bridge more than the south side, due to less traffic on the road next to the trail and (in our opinion) easier intersection crossings. This section of trail on the north side is not shown on the TrailLink map as of this writing (on 8/12/16) although we saw it on some other maps and the TrailLink description mentions trail on both sides of the river between Watertown and the Museum of Science.

Great trail along the Charles River. All but approx 2 miles of the Boston side has been repaved in the last five years, so in very good shape. You have to deal with some intersections on the western half of the trail, but only the intersection at the JFK Bridge/Harvard Business School is challenging. The wooden deck around the BU Bridge also requires some caution. Very popular on weekends, so go out early if you want to go fast and/or avoid the crowds.

Bumpy ride with construction-related detours. Typically very crowded with walkers/joggers.

Trail Events

This trail does not have any events yet.
Be the first to add one!

Add an Event

Nearby Trails

Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path

Massachusetts - 2 miles

Alewife Linear Park is a beautiful paved trail stretching 2 miles east from the Alewife T-station in Cambridge to Cedar Street in Somerville. The park...

Mass Central Rail Trail

Massachusetts - 31.9 miles

A 104-mile rail line was shattered by hurricane in 1938. Today, the corridor is being developed as the Mass Central Rail Trail to be enjoyed by...

Minuteman Bikeway

Massachusetts - 9.7 miles

You won't get lonely on the Minuteman Bikeway. The nearly 10-mile rail-trail through suburban Boston is one of New England's most popular trails. Warm...


North Bank Bridge

Massachusetts - 0.5 miles

The North Bank Bridge, which opened in 2012, provides a safe and convenient pedestrian and bicycle connection between Cambridge's North Point Park and...

Southwest Corridor Park (Pierre Lallement Bike Path)

Massachusetts - 3.9 miles

Southwest Corridor Park is a 4.7-mile linear park through the Boston neighborhoods of South End, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. A recreation and commuter...

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

Massachusetts - 1.9 miles

Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway may not be very long, but it's jam-packed with attractions. Along the paved pathway, you can access five parks, be...

Northern Strand Community Trail

Massachusetts - 5.6 miles

Nearly 6 miles of the Northern Strand Community Trail, which follows the former Boston and Maine Railroad, are open to the public. Although this...

East Boston Greenway

Massachusetts - 1.4 miles

The East Boston Greenway, a linear park made possible by the donation of a disused rail corridor by Conrail in 1997 and the ‘Big Dig’ project in later...

Upper Falls Greenway

Massachusetts - 1 miles

The Upper Falls Greenway is a short rail-trail that cuts through the charming village of Newton Upper Falls in Newton, Massachusetts. The trail...

Neponset River Greenway

Massachusetts - 5.2 miles

Although the Neponset River Greenway totals more than 5 miles in length, it's currently open in several short disconnected sections on the southern...

Pine Tree Brook / Popes Pond Path

Massachusetts - 2 miles

The Pine Tree Brook Trail travels alongside the brook in Milton, Massachusetts. The path travels through woods and residential neighborhoods for a...

Bay Colony Rail Trail

Massachusetts - 1.7 miles

The Bay Colony Rail Trail will one day span 7 miles connecting the Boston suburbs of Newton, Needham, Dover, and Medfield along tracks once used by...

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!