Lexington Center to Minuteman National Historical Park Battle Road Visitors' Center via Mass Avenue

One of the bicycle rides in Lexington, Massachusetts. See also its reverse ride and alternatives via Minuteman Commuter Bikeway and dirt path [1], and into Lincoln [2].

..Miles..
Leg|Cum| Action
Landmark on Path and Nearby
 
0.0 | 0.0 | Start
Lexington Center, Minuteman Commuter Bikeway at old railroad station (auto and bicycle parking); go West on Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
..".. | ..".. | Turn left on
Meriam St
0.1 | 0.1 | Cross Bedford street and turn right on
Massachusetts Ave just beyond Minuteman statue along the Lexington Battle Green
0.3 | 0.4 | Cross
Worthen Rd and pass Hastings park on left [3]
1.0 | 1.4 | Cross
Bridge over I-95/Rt-128
..".. | 1.4 | Turn right on
Wood St.
..".. | 1.4 | Cross Wood, into field at north side of
Fiske Hill, East end of Minuteman National Historical Park
1.0 | 2.4 | follow
Interpretive Trail to
2.4 | End: entrance through parking lot at
Battle Road Visitors's Center [4]

..".. in Leg or Cumulative miles means nearby to above, within 0.1 mile.

Massachussets Ave carries medium traffic. Lanes are wide enough for most cyclists. Those not confident in traffic may prefer sidewalks outside of Lexington Center. Beyond Worthen Rd Mass Ave ascends a 4% grade, 80 feet in 0.4 mile.

1. One alternative route is on the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway west across Bedford St to the first left entrance to the Garfield play yard then on backroads and dirt paths to the Park.

2. Another scenic route from Lexington center to the Park goes by the Old Res, then crosses the Cambridge Reservoir in Lincoln.

3. Hastings Park is the scene of concerts by the Lexington Bicentennial Band on Thursday evenings in the summer. A thousand attend. Kids and parents march around the bandstand.

4. The Battle Road Visitors's Center has an excellent multimedia presentation on the advance warnings give by horseback riders of the British troops march to Concord on April 19, 1775. The Minutemen from many surrounding towns did battle with them on their return that afternoon to Boston. The Battle Road Interpretive Trail runs 5.5 miles from Fiske Hill at the east end to Meriam's Corner at the west end. It has a stone-dust surface. The Visitor's center is 1.0 miles from the east end. Pause at the many interpretive signs along this path.

Original route design by Bob Sawyer.