Charles River

Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Charles River

Charles River Professional Guide

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"To really get to know Boston, one of the best places to start is the Charles River basin. Once a sprawling tidal river with winding estuaries and thousands of acres of salt marsh, the lower Charles today takes you on a tour of the Esplanade and Cambridge on the other side of the river. You’ll pass Harvard University and loop back to Boston over a scenic footbridge.

This is downtown Boston. You will not be alone as you walk along the Charles. You’ll be joined by runners, walkers, bicyclists, skateboarders, parents pushing strollers, and all manner of humanity enjoying the serene banks of the river."

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Steve Mirsky
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"Being a coastal city, you would think that the ocean would figure more prominently as a natural feature in Boston than a river could ever do. Then again, the Charles isn’t just any river. Once a corridor for trade, it is now a recreational lifeline for Bostonians seeking respite from city life both on the water and, as you’ll see throughout this route, land." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5-3 hours
Year-round. Open sunrise–sunset
Additional Use
Charles River Reservation, 617-727-4708
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