Spring Along the Neponset River
Starting at Paul's Bridge, on the northwest edge of the Blue Hills
Reservation, we will take the bike lanes on Truman Parkway north
along the Neponset River, cut through Milton along the river to the
Neponset Trail, and follow that to Tenean Beach in Dorchester.
The route of the future Dorchester Coast Trail will take us to
Columbia Point, where we'll pick up the existing paved path along
Boston Harbor past UMass/Boston, the Kennedy Library, and the
Harbor Point Apartments to Carson Beach and Castle Island.
Then we'll head back through Savin Hill to Dot. Ave. and Freeport
St., which takes us back to the Neponset Trail in Port Norfolk.
We'll cross the Neponset on the new bike lanes on the Hancock
St. Bridge and wend our way through Quincy and Milton to a great
view of the Neponset River Estuary from the top of Governor Hutchinson
Field and a view of the Lower Mills mill pond from above the trolley
on Eliot St. We'll cross back to Boston on Central Ave. and follow
River St. to Mattapan Square, where we'll pick up the new trail and
follow it south to the starting point, probably stopping for hot
chocolate or coffee at Dunkin Donuts in Wolcott Square.
Last year, there were flowers
Maps and Cue sheet
BicycleRide south from Forest Hills on Hyde Park Ave. to Readville, then turn left on the Neponset Valley Parkway to Brush Hill Rd. just after crossing the Neponset River. From the eastern part of Boston, get to Mattapan Square and follow Brush Hill Rd south.
MBTAYou can take your bike on T rapid transit lines and some bus lines, (none of which go near today's ride), for no extra charge. Details are on the MBTA website.
From Forest Hills (Orange Line):
CarTake the Route 138 exit from Route 128/93N, and go north to Brush Hill Rd. Turn left using a right turn through a jug handle.
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You can turn around at Mattapan Square or Dorchester Lower Mills. The closest T station to most of the ride is Ashmont on the Red Line, but it is a hike. We'll pass near the Andrew and UMass Red Line stations at the north end of the ride, and North Quincy, too.