A Bike Loop Around the Charles in Needham, Dedham, Boston, and Newton

This ride on the Blue Heron Trail starts and ends at Cutler Park in Needham. It covers about 10 miles, and takes about 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace.

Some of the ride is on smooth carriage roads and sidewalks. However, there are enough steep, narrow, and bumpy stretches, as well as busy roads, to make the ride unsuitable for children. An off-road bike is essential. Teenagers with mountain biking experience will love it.

Extreme caution is needed while riding along Nahanton Street/Kendrick Street in Newton and Needham, and along VFW Parkway in Boston.

Food and restroom facilities are available at several restaurants where the ride crosses into Boston.


Online map

Printable map

DCR trail map

The ride begins at the Cutler Park parking lot on Kendrick Street in Needham.