Charles River Greenway

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Trail Distance: 23 miles
Time Estimate: 9 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 351 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: $0 - $23
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description
The leashed pup-friendly Charles River Greenway, also known as the Charles River Bike Path, begins at its trailhead at the Museum of Science. This lovely path follows the Charles River through Cambridge to Watertown, then either loops back to Boston, taking you on both sides of the river to Boston's western suburbs, or heads to Waltham where it ends.


The trailhead can be found by turning into the Museum of Science's driveway and parking at the museum's garage for a fee. There is also street parking at various points along the trail if the garage is full.

Part of the East Coast Greenway, the Charles River Greenway features furbulous views at various points along its route. The Boston skyline and views of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, the river itself with its boat traffic and wildlife, and its interesting bridges will keep your head turning as you walk. The fur-baby will be most interested in the pawsome herons, ducks and other water fowl, as well as many other species of birds, squirrels, deer and other mammals. The pup's ears and nose will be in constant motion, especially when you meet other doggos and people on the trail. Many restroom and drinking water opportunities lie a short distance from the paved trail, and dog-friendly restaurants and concession stands too! 

If you time your hike just right, you and Fido could be treated to a concert at the Hatch Memorial Shell. Find a bench or sit on the lawn and enjoy! The trail is lined with grass and trees, and many furtastic benches lie in wait for your pleasure and rest. Watch Harvard's crew team ply the waters of the river, while sail-boarders and sailboats glide soundlessly by. Multiple unpaved trails run parallel to the Charles River Greenway and offer more solitude and quiet than the main trail, so wander over and back at will.

Whatever your interest, a short stroll on a lovely autumn afternoon, or a trek that encompasses the entire trail, the Charles River Greenway will have what you want! 

Trail Features
River, Urban
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This is mostly a trail through urban neighborhoods with traffic intersections. Take care at these spots, keeping your pooch firmly restrained. Also, this is a multi-use trail utilized by bicyclists, runners, skateboarders and others.
Address
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
Hours
Mon 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sat 6:26 PM - 12:00 AM
Sun 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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Address
Museum of Science, 1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
Hours
Mon 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sat 6:26 PM - 12:00 AM
Sun 5:30 AM - 11:00 PM