Fresh Pond Bikeway


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Fresh Pond Bikeway Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Middlesex
Length: 0.7 miles
Trail end points: Fresh Pond Pkwy and Huron Ave and Concord Ave and Wheeler St
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10603738

Fresh Pond Bikeway Description

The Fresh Pond Bikeway runs through Fresh Pond Reservation, a park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The bikeway winds around the east edge of the Fresh Pond Reservoir. Part of the trail is on a road within the reservation, but there are separate lanes for bicycles and cars. The trail is mostly lined with trees, although it stays close to roads. The bikeway ends at Concord Ave, but bicyclists can continue along Concord Ave using paved sidewalks and bike lanes. Drinking fountains and bike racks are located at Kingsley Park and William G. Maher Park. Restrooms are located at the Ranger Station.

At its southern end point, the trail connects with the 2-mile multi-use Watertown-Cambridge Greenway.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available near Kingsley Park (250 Fresh Pond Pkwy) and at William G. Maher Park (650 Concord Ave). The north end of the bikeway is 0.6 miles away from the Alewife T stop. Fresh Pond Reservation is also accessible by bus.

Fresh Pond Bikeway Reviews

1 hour loop

This path extends around the entire reservoir bridging Cambridge & Belmont. It's a lovely 1hour walk, with or without dogs. Sometimes a bit crowded, has a muddy/mulched section which can make ADA/stroller use a challenge, but otherwise lovely. Enjoy!

Map doesn't do this justice to this central path

You can actually ride this trail completely around Fresh Pond, though it isn't all paved. Even better, it is a central location from which you can access other paths. The Minuteman Trail and Somerville Greenway are both a short jaunt from here all on paths. Once the Cambridge-Watertown path is completed (Real Soon Now) you'll have a straight shot with minimal road crossings onto the Charles River path system. The park headquarters, with rest rooms, water, and information, make it even better.

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