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The Neponset River Greenway totals just over 8 miles in length on the southern outskirts of Boston. The trail is paved and provides a variety of scenery from urban wilderness through a mill village and a salt marsh (in Pope John Paul II Park) to Tenean Beach on the mouth of the Neponset River.
In the future, the rail-trail will total 10 miles, connecting the several-thousand-acre Blue Hills Reservation to the John F. Kennedy Library, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and downtown Boston.
Parking is available on the eastern half of the trail in Pope John Paul II Park.
The trail is also adjacent to three Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Red Line stations at Butler, Milton, and Central Avenue.
as i live in this area and bike often as possible to reduce my carbon footprint, i like the newponset riverway but i feel its lacking one trail that could be very beneficial, its an unofficial hidden trail running parallel to President golf course that connects Harriet street to Granite street, currently its very rocky and borderline dangerous but im sure its public access road?..? anyway just my 2cents
i had a vision of a foot/bike bridge over to the Newponset river greenway from that unofficial trail would really sweeten the biking commute from east milton to greenway...oh the possibilities
It's a very nice stretch, with 2 bridges, the one over the river being particularly nice.
The gap near Hyde Park is still there, and the trail becomes less interesting at that point, but with one less gap it becomes much more inviting.
We parked (as suggested by another reviewer) at the city park next to the draw bridge off Granite Street. The park is about the mid-point of the bike trail. We biked one way and then the other to do the whole trail. Our granddaughter is 7 yrs old and the trail was just right for her, not to long (5+ miles total) and interesting things to see. Afterwards our granddaughter played in the splash area in the park and we had a picnic lunch at the tables in the shade. There are port-a-potties there too, that are well maintained. We did find that the trail is all paved now, and it was an enjoyable ride.
I tried to use inline skates on the trail with my daughter and there are a few things I would like to note:
-The street parking at the Milton end is limited and has a two hour max.
-After the first mile, the trail becomes packed gravel for a distance until you reach Granite St, then it becomes paved again.
-For rollerbladers,the best thing to do is park in the lot just off Granite St., near the drawbridge. There is no time limit and you can skate to the bay end and back. There is also a loop around a soccer field near the Neponset River Bridge that you can use to add more mileage to your trip.
-The alternative is to park at the bay end and skate to Granite St. and back.
Other than that, it was a nice little trail to skate near the water on a beautiful day!
I rode the trail in August, 2010 for the first time. I thought it was going to be too short for a good ride. I was pleasantly surprised by all the interesting scenery and the beauty of the trail in this area. The trail is paved for all but a short (0.3 mile) section between Granite Ave and the MBTA Red Line overpass. This short section is hard packed and could be ridden by road bicycles. The rail-with-trail section is quite busy, we saw half a dozen MBTA trolleys pass by during our ride. There is only one busy street crossing at Granite Ave, but it is protected by a pedestrian crossing signal. There are additional paved trails in Pope John Paul II Park. Parking was available at Hallett Street, which also serves as the entrance to Pope John Paul II Park where additional parking is available.
The Neponset Trail takes you through an amazing variety of settings: a former chocolate factory, salt marshes, river banks, public parks, etc. It's far less crowded than other bike paths around Boston. Both the people and the wildlife are diverse and friendly. And if you're willing to tough out an unpleasant stretch alongside Morrissey Boulevard, you can extend this path all the way to Castle Island. The Port Norfolk, Tenean Beach, U Mass, Kennedy Library, and Carson Beach stretches are fun (although the sidewalks get a little crowded in Southie on warm summer days). Stop and talk to the fishermen along the Neponset and on the harbor at U Mass.
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