Bike paths run along waterways and parkways of the Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park, two of the six parks that make up Boston's Emerald Necklace.
A seventeen-mile loop comprises the Charles River Bikepath, scenically spanning from the Museum of Science west into Watertown. Get to know both sides of the river with bike rentals or narrated trips from Boston Bike Tours.
Up north, Shore Road (Rte. 127) meanders around Cape Ann through Gloucester and Rockport. Explore the 19th century estate and gardens in Newburyport's Maudslay State Park.
Explore the leisurely 10.5-mile Minuteman Bikeway Rail Trail that spans Boston, Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford.
The Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven runs from the saltwater-scented seashore all the way to Wareham. Myles Standish State Forest winds 15 miles through Plymouth and scenic South Carver.
Borderland State Park bikepaths run along the 1,570 acres of ponds, fields, and stone walls of the historic homestead and farm established in 1752.
Cape Cod Rail Trail runs up the center of Cape Cod from Dennis to Wellfleet, a 25.1-mile odyssey. Encounter ponds and salt marshes as you ride directly into Nickerson State Park. Pedal along the 17.5-mile-long paved paths running along both sides of the Cape Cod Canal, which separates Cape Cod from the rest of Massachusetts.
On the Vineyard, bikepaths parallel most of the major roads since biking here is considered a real part of the island's transportation system. Plenty of bike rentals are available on island.
Nantucket Island's small size, flat terrain, and scenic beauty make it ideal for bicycling its 25 miles of bicycle paths, which are set apart from the roadways.
The Blackstone Bikeway in Worcester is a three-mile stretch of the Central Massachusetts Rail Trail which, when complete, will run from Boston to Northampton. Douglas State Forest has paved and unpaved trails throughout its 4,640-acre preserve. And the Southern New England Trunkline Trail runs through Douglas, Uxbridge, Millville, Blackstone, Bellingham, and Franklin, totaling 22 miles.
Norwottuck Rail Trail twists 10 pleasurable miles through Northampton, Hadley, Amherst, and Belchertown. Windsor State Forest in Williamsburg offers paved and unpaved paths through its 1,743 wooded acres.
Try the 3.6 mile Canalside Trail in Turners Falls for an easy, paved, flat trail or the 2.5 mile Greenfield Bikeway
Biking in the Berkshires is all about exploration. In the
southern part of Berkshire county there are routes through the five
communities of Lenox, Lee, Great Barrington, Stockbridge and
Sheffield, all of them offering rolling hills and numerous points
of interest. The Berkshire Bike Path Council (BBPC), in partnership
with Housatonic Heritage, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
and the five South County towns - has produced a touring map, for
cyclists that identify historic landmarks, tourist attractions and
cultural destinations in this area.
In Adams be sure to take some time to enjoy the Ashuwillticook Trail, it has great views, meanders by the Cheshire Reservoir and ends in downtown Adams.
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