Minuteman Bike Trail
The Minuteman Bike Trail runs from Cambridge to Bedford, MA, about 11 miles total. It's a flat, paved road that travels a scenic route, passing by football fields, farms, and meadows, and terminates at the old Bedford railroad depot. The bike trail is not by any means just for biking, though biking is probably the easiest way to travel the entire trail. It is also frequented by runners, walkers, and rollerbladers. Just stay on the right side, and if you're passing on the left be sure to announce yourself to avoid an accident!
Equipment: Just bring your bike or skates, your helmet, whatever other equipment you might use (padding, gloves, etc.), and plenty of water, of course. There's a bike shop in Arlington right along the trail if you need a quick tune-up or a bottle of water or Gatorade. Since the trail runs through several major towns, you can get off at any point to go sight-seeing or buy a snack or a drink.
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
Shoeshowing in Minute Man National Park
While living in Boston, I always enjoyed snowshoeing on the Battle Road in Minute Man National Park (obivously during the winter months). The Battle Road is the path retreating British soldiers took back to Boston on April 19, 1775 after the initial shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired at the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts.
Although you are close to nearby towns, Minute Man National Park can make you feel like you are way out in the countryside, especially along the Battle Road. So, if the Boston area gets a good snow, Minute Man National Park is a great place to go and enjoy the wintery scene as only cross-country skiers and a few people on snowshoes will be there. It's a great way to get exercise, see some great winter scenes and some American history all at the same time.
Equipment: If you don't own a pair of snowshoes (like most people), then you can rent some at one of REI's Massachusetts locations in Reading (279 Salem Street or call (781) 944-5103) or Framingham (375 Cochituate Rd. or call (508) 270-6325). Be sure to call ahead, especially on weekends, they rent fast.