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

One of the bicycle rides into Lexington, Massachusetts. See also its reverse ride and alternatives via side-streets, dirt paths, and the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway [1], and through Lincoln [2].

..Miles..
Leg|Cum| Action
Landmark on Path and Nearby
 
0.0 | 0.0 | Start
Battle Road Visitors's Center rear of parking lot [3].
.."..| .."..| Turn right on Battle Road Interpretive Trail
1.0 | 1.0 | Fiske Hill,
East end of Minuteman National Historical Park
.."..| 1.0 |Turn right on
Wood St.
0.1 | 1.1 | Turn left on
Massachusetts Ave
.."..| 1.1 | Cross
Bridge over I-95/Rt-128
1.0 | 2.1 | Cross
Worthen Rd after passing Hastings Park on right [4]
0.3 | 2.4 | At Minuteman Statue cross
Bedford street after passing Lexington Battle Green on left
0.1 | 2.5 | Straight on
Meriam St.
.."..| 2.5 | Turn right on
Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
2.5 | end | Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
at old railroad station, (auto and bicycle parking)

.."..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. East of Rt 128, Mass Ave ascends a 3% grade, 75 ft. in 0.5 mi.

1. One alternative route from the east end of the park is on back-roads and dirt paths to the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, then east to Lexington center.

2. Another scenic route to Lexington center crosses a reservoir from Lincoln into Lexington, then via the Old Res.

3. 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, and the Minutemen from many surrounding towns that 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.

4. 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.

Original route design by Bob Sawyer.