Charles River Bike Path is a mixed-use path in the Boston,
Massachusetts area. It follows both shores of the Charles River from Boston,
Massachusetts to Norumbega
Park in Newton, passing through Watertown and Waltham. The path consists of several segments in the
Reservation separated by road and bridge crossings and forms
part of the planned East Coast
Charles River Reservation
Paul Dudley White Bicycle Path
runs on both sides of the river within the Charles River
Reservation. From the Museum of Science, Boston on the Charles River Dam Bridge, they run on sidewalk or striped asphalt path to
Square (Galen Street/Route 16 bridge), a loop of
The paths run along the edge of Cambridge and Watertown on
the north; and the West End, Back Bay, and Allston-Brighton
neighborhoods of Boston on the south side.
Upper Charles River Reservation
In 2004, a
$9M master plan to extend the path westward from Watertown Square
Park in Newton was completed.
continues along the north side of the river from Watertown
Square to Bridge Street, there crossing back from
Watertown to Newton.
This segment was completed in
riverwalk then continues along the south bank, crossing back to the
north bank at the Blue Heron Bridge, built 2004 just for the path,
and continuing to Moody Street in Waltham, near the Charles River
Museum of Industry and Waltham Common. The route extends upstream with a combination
of paths and streets, to Auburndale, the Newton neighborhood where Norumbega Park is located.
There are plans to extend the path upstream along the curving river
to Needham, Dedham, and the West Roxbury neighborhood of
recreation opportunities continue to the east with North Point Park in Cambridge, and Nashua Street Park on the Boston
side. There are discontinuities near North Station and the Zakim Bridge before the Boston
Harborwalk continues on both sides of the river.
proposed extension of the Somerville Community Path would connect the Boston end of the Charles River
Path to the network of mixed-use trails to the
- Going with the flow, Boston Globe September 26,
- DCR Charles River Basin map
- Map of Paul Dudley White Bike Paths
- Newton Conservators