Neponset River Greenway Spring Ride
10:00 am, Saturday, May 27, 2017

From Paul's Bridge at the Milton Readville line, we'll follow the bike lanes on Truman Parkway north along the Neponset River, then cut through Milton along the river to the first section of the Neponset Trail, which we'll follow to Tenean Beach in Dorchester. We'll follow the route of the future Dorchester Coast Trail 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, Castle Island, and lunch at Sullivan's. Then we'll head back through South Boston and Malibu Beach to Freeport St., where we'll head through Dorchester to Adams St. and paths through Dorchester Park. We'll cross the Neponset on Dorchester Ave and Adams St. and follow Eliot St. above the trail to Central Ave., where we'll cross back to Boston and take River St., with a detour to see the Harvest River Bridge, to Mattapan Square, where we'll pick up the Neponset Trail along Truman Parkway almost all of the way back to the starting point.

Hard rain will postpone the ride.

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Trolleys and bikes along the High-Speed Line

Details

  • Where: Meet at the parking lot at Paul's Bridge and Brush Hill Road at the edge of the Blue Hills just off the Neponset Valley Parkway.
  • When: Departing at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 27, 2017
  • Distance: about 27 miles.
  • Pace: Relaxed, probably 6-10 MPH.
  • Terrain: Mostly flat.
  • Route: Mixture of on-road (80%) and shared-use path (20%).
  • Leader: Jessica Mink

Maps and Cue sheet

route map

Getting There

Bicycle

Ride 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 by forking left from Truman Parkway in Milton.

MBTA

You can take your bike on T rapid transit lines and bus lines, (Orange Line to Forest Hills, then #32 bus to Walcott Square), for no extra charge. Details are on the MBTA website.

From Forest Hills (Orange Line):
Take Hyde Park Ave. to Readville and turn left on the Neponset Valley Parkway to Paul's Bridge. Or take the #32 bus.

Car

Take 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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Bailout points

You can turn around at Mattapan Square or Dorchester Lower Mills. The closest T stations to most of the ride are Ashmont and Savin Hill on the Red Line, but it can be a hike.