Jamaica Pond

Boston, Massachusetts 2137

Jamaica Pond

Jamaica Pond Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This wonderful hike for all ages and abilities is located in a historic neighborhood right in the heart of Boston. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was largely responsible for turning Jamaica Pond into a public park. With the construction of Franklin Park, the Arnold Arboretum, and the Muddy River Improvement Project in progress, Olmsted’s concept of a “green ribbon” around Boston was well under way. This greenbelt around the city is now called the Emerald Necklace.

Jamaica Pond looks much as it has since the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier. Olmsted’s aim was to have the landscape look as natural and poetic as possible.Where you start your hike around Jamaica Pond is often dictated by parking opportunities. Most begin on its northwestern side, near parking along Perkins Street."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Michael Tougias
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"An easy recreational trail offers a popular and pleasant circuit around historic Jamaica Pond." Read more
Walking Boston (Wilderness Press)
Robert Todd Felton
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"When I first wrote this book, Zaim was a 7-year-old friend of mine who happened to be a Jamaica Plain expert. He is now 12 years old but now an expert in many things. He helped me design this kid’s tour of J.P. (as it’s called throughout Boston), including the best spots for watching trains, skipping rocks at Jamaica Pond, and, of course, eating ice cream. His mom helped fill in the rest. J.P. got its start as a farming community and then became a comfortable Victorian suburb of Boston. It fell on harder times in the 1970s and ’80s, when real estate prices tanked and many of the stores were boarded up. But fueled by a revived economy and soaring real estate prices downtown, J.P. is now a hip and multicultural neighborhood, boasting cafés and eclectic stores along Centre St." Read more

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Trail Information

Boston
Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
1.45
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
30-45 minutes
Duration
Year-round. Open sunrise–sunset
Season
Fishing
Additional Use
Boston Parks and Recreation, boston.gov/parks/jamaica-pond, 617-635-4505
Local Contacts
Not needed, as it’s one large loop around the pond
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018