The Lexington Loop is one of the most picturesque cycling paths inNew England. Only half an hour from Boston, the 30-mile loop is filled with breathtaking views, history, and bursting with activity. This ride will take you through the historical towns of Concord and Lexington, and over the old North bridge, perfect for those who are looking to combine a great workout, scenic views, and a little history.
What Makes It Great
Although the loop serves as a multipurpose trail for runners, walkers, and rollerbladers, the trail is mostly known for cycling. The Lexington Loop is a pavement trail, and is compiled mostly of back roads that will take you through meadows, lovely small farms, woodlands, marshes, past the Cambridge Reservoir, and through the quaint little town of Bedford where there is a replica of an old train on what used to be train tracks.
The trail starts at the Lexington parking lot. From the parking lot take the Minuteman Bikeway on the right. This trail goes on for about 4 miles, and then ends in Bedford. From there turn right on South Street, and then at the light turn left on 225 West. Later down the trail, bare left at the fork to follow 225 West.
1.5 miles later, turn left onto River Road (which later becomes Monument Street). This stretches on for 4 miles, where you can then enjoy all the views and landscapes this trail has to offer. You will pass farms with grazing horses, as well as the reservoir and marsh. However, many turns and traffic lights later you once again find yourself at the Lexington parking lot.
Who is Going to Love It
The Lexington Loop has something for everyone. The 30-mile loop takes about a full day; perfect for those who are looking for a nice long ride and a good workout. However, for those who are not as adventurous or pressed for time, this loop can also be split in half. The Lexington Loop can be divided into two halves and all the rider has to do is choose which path they wish to go on. The trail is fit for all bikes and is mostly flat, however, there is one steep but short climb in Lincoln. Due to its mostly flat terrain, the loop is the ideal place to take the family cycling.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Boston take I-90West, then 128 North. Take exit 29 for Route 2 East, then on Route 2 take exit54 for Lexington and Waltham Street North. Drive until you reach Main Street in Lexington. The Lexington Loop is free, however, municipal parking is $2 for more than 5 hours. Overflow parking on its right is $.25 per hour. Free Sunday and Holidays.