Arnold Arboretum Trail

Arnold Arboretum Trail, Boston, Sightseeing

Arnold Arboretum Trail is a trail located in Massachusetts, in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, is almost 150 years old and is the oldest public arboretum in North America. The trail offers various activity options and is best used from March till October. Dogs are also welcome. If you’ve never been to Arnold Arboretum, you should mark this ride as number one on your list. It features a lake and is good for all skill levels.

A trip around the arboretum can give you a loop with a distance approximately 4.5 miles. You can also take a ride along the paved main paths for a tree-lined, meandering route. You can take a look at Peters Hill at the southern tip of the park. Otherwise, stop by the Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild Park to see the maple swamp and go bird watching.

This trail is a good choice for you to take a break from urban life, escape to the arboretum to catch some solitude with various tree species. If you are looking for peaceful surroundings, it is no doubt that Arnold Arboretum can be your next great place. Slow down and give some notice to interpretive sign as they can help you discover various species of plants along the ride.



If you choose subway (Boston T), take the Forest Hills Exit (the last one) and look for signs pointing to the arboretum when you exit the turnstiles.

Or you can take the #39 bus to Custer Street in Jamaica Plain and look for signs. 

If you drive by car, there is parking along the perimeter. There are no fees to enter the arboretum but donations are welcome.

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Estimated Distance: 3.7
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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