200 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge, MA
Open dawn to dusk
Just across the Charles River from downtown Boston is Cambridge, the home of Harvard University. Take the Red Line train to the Alewife station, and just ¾ mile away is a lovely park called Fresh Pond where cyclists and pedestrians alike can get in a workout. Access is an easy 10-minute walk from the Alewife station, as the Minuteman Bikeway leads directly from the train station to the pond and separates cyclists and pedestrians from traffic. The park is dog friendly, but visitors should be aware that Cambridge residents are allowed to walk their dogs off-leash with the appropriate licensing. Non-residents must walk their dogs on a leash. The loop around Fresh Pond is approximately 2.5 miles and features both asphalt and unpaved sections, depending on the route chosen. Benches, trash cans, and water fountains can be found along the way, although there are no available bathrooms. However, the route from Alewife Station to Fresh Pond runs past many gas stations and fast food restaurants that could provide relief in a pinch. The route is mostly flat and is very shaded, providing a great location for summer runs. If you’re looking for a longer run, consider running directly from the train station to the pond and back. Cyclists can continue on the Minuteman Bikeway, one of Boston’s most popular cycling resources.