Fresh Pond Bikeway

Kingsley Park, Massachusetts

Elevation Gain79ft
Trailhead Elevation8ft
Elevation Min/Max7/48ft
Elevation Start/End8/8ft

Fresh Pond Bikeway

Fresh Pond Bikeway is a hiking and biking trail in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is within Kingsley Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 8 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 79 feet. Near the trailhead there are a wetland and parking.

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Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jenna Ringelheim
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"Fresh Pond Reservation consists of a large kettle-hole lake and about 162 acres of surrounding land. The retreating Laurentide Glacier sculpted the area about 15,000 years ago. Native Americans were attracted to these ponds, streams, woods, and marshes as they found an abundance of fish and plentiful wildlife in this area. Fresh Pond today is part of a reservoir system that supplies drinking water to the City of Cambridge, and for that reason it is now fenced off to any human or canine use. The 2.25-mile perimeter path is a popular place for recreation due to its scenic landscape and proximity to the city. To avoid the crowds, visit during the week or in the early morning."
Walking Boston (Wilderness Press)
Robert Todd Felton
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"Two hundred thirty. That’s how many different bird species have been identified at Fresh Pond Reservation since 1984. This whopping number includes 11 species listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. It also includes the 13 different species of ducks (including ring-necked, ruddy, and canvasback) and 35 different species that nest at the lake in the spring. This kettle lake—formed in a depression left by a glacier—anchors the North Cambridge area and offers many opportunities for running, walking, biking, golf, and, not surprisingly, bird-watching. As a result of the diversity of people that Fresh Pond attracts, you’ll catch plenty of different languages as you walk."

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Nice urban reservoir walk. Parking is for residents only which makes it hard to access. Old RR track that ran along one side is gone giving more space for bikes,walking, and a urban vegetable garden. Some interesting bird sightings from time to time.

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