ARNOLD ARBORETUM:

JAMAICA PLAIN, MASSACHUSETTS

-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-

Last Updated:      May 25, 2014

Length:                Arborway Gate to Mendum Street Gate; 2.1 miles

                              Arborway Gate to Mendum Street Gate Loop (including visits to Bussey Hill & Peters Hill); 4.8 miles

Difficulty:            Moderate for biking. Paved trail with some steep hills. Tough for kids on bikes.

Directions:

On street parking only, no parking lots. From I-95/Route 128 take exit 20A to Route 9 east. Follow for 7 miles and turn right at signs for Jamaicaway (Route 1). Follow Route 1 south for 1.8 miles to the second traffic circle, and then take the Arborway (Route 203) east for a tenth of a mile to the Arborway Gate entrance, on the right. For the Walter St Gate entrance, take Centre St (Route 1) from the second traffic circle to Walter St on the Left. There are a total of 9 Gates at which you may enter the arboretum from the street. Check the map below or online.

You may also access the Arboretum from the subways Orange Line via the Forest Hills Station. Bikes are allowed on the Orange, Blue and Red Lines all day on weekends. For more information about taking your bike on the subway visit;  MBTA-BIKE  .

Note; Arboretum open daily from sunrise to sunset. There is no fee.                                                                                                     

The Arnold Arboretum contains 3 ½ miles of gated, paved roads for biking. Biking is not permitted on unpaved trails. Founded in 1872, the 265 acre park contains 6,000 kinds of woody plants. Maps of the roads and tree types are stationed at various points throughout the park or are obtainable at the Hunnewell Visitor Center located near the Arborway Gate. The Arnold Arboretum is part of the Emerald Necklace Greenway. For more information check out;  ARNOLD ARBORETUM . 

Completed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1895, the 6 mile long Emerald Necklace was the first linear park to be constructed in this country. The Emerald Necklace Greenway is comprised of a series of parklands and vehicular parkways, which are linked by the wetland resources of the Muddy River. The Greenway is comprised of the Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park and their connecting parkways (Fenway, Riverway, Jamaicaway and Arborway). The Emerald Necklace is the only remaining intact linear park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., America’s first landscape architect. As such, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It took Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. (1822-1903) almost twenty years (1878-1896) to create the six parks now known as the Emerald Necklace which stretches five miles from the Charles River to Franklin Park and make up over 1,000 acres of parkland. You may also access the Southwest Corridor Greenway from here. For more information visit;  EMERALD NECKLACE .

Starting from the Arborway Gate; Proceed past the Hunnewell Visitors Center (restrooms available) along Meadow Rd. You come to a T intersection after a ½ mile. Left takes you to the Forest Hills Gate, turn right up Bussey Hill Rd. At 0.8 miles you'll pass by a path on your right that leads to the Dana Greenhouse (worth checking out) before coming to another intersection.

Note; Left takes you a ¼ mile to the top of Bussey Hill.

After checking out the hill, continue straight , passing by the Centre Street Gate on your right. Continue along Valley Rd to the next intersection. Straight leads to the South Street Gate so head right up Hemlock Hill Rd, After passing by the Walter Street Gate on your right you'll come to the Bussey Street Gate at 1.6 miles. Here you must cross the road to Peters Hill Gate and proceed up Peters Hill Rd. You then come to another T intersection that forms a loop around Peters Hill. Turn right up the steep road and follow to the top, where a cemetery is on your right and the turnoff to Peters Hill is on your left. 

Note; Left takes you 0.1 miles to the top of Peters Hill.  

After checking out the great views of  Boston's skyline return to Peters Hill Rd and continue left. You'll pass by the Mendum Street Gate at 2.1 miles. You can now loop back through the park by continuing down Peters Hill Rd, passing by the turn for the Poplar Gate on your right and returning to Peters Hill Gate. Return to the Arborway Gate for a loop of 4.8 miles.

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CLICK HERE FOR ARNOLD ARBORETUM MAP

CLICK HERE FOR EMERALD NECKLACE GREENWAY MAP

CLICK HERE FOR BOSTON BIKE MAP

 

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