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Address: Mystic Valley Parkway, Somerville, MA 02144
Phone Number: +1 617 727 5380
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Quiet and peaceful great walks not far from downtown

Several turnouts for parking along Mystic Valley Parkway, then plunge into the woods along the well kept trail. Even last Sunday, saw very few other travelers. Note: 6.9 mile... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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319 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

The area is nice and has some parking for people to bring their bicycles, dogs and children to play but there is nothing attractive to keep you there other than nature itself. The paths do not have flowers and there are not enough seats around the river. This place has potential but needs serious uplifting and some recreational area for... More 

Thank Danuza
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Several turnouts for parking along Mystic Valley Parkway, then plunge into the woods along the well kept trail. Even last Sunday, saw very few other travelers. Note: 6.9 mile hike to top of the hill.

Thank travelingcowgirl52
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

After shopping across the street at a plaza that hosts TJ Maxx, my friends and I were delighted with the lovely reservation to soak up nature and to relax. I was impressed with the view of the small harbour of boats and dock area. We sat on a park bench and soaked up the tranquility of the area and the... More 

Thank missyv678
Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

I love riding my bike here and I don't feel like I am going to be killed. Careful of pedestrians, the advent of headphones have made them deaf so they don't hear you coming. I ride on the grass to avoid them. The path is rough not meant for road bikes. Better suited for hybrids and mountain bikes.

1 Thank Niagara71
London, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

There's a perfect cycling route from Somerville or Medford, right along the river, with plenty of distractions along the way, including this reservation.

Thank jedbackhouse
Boston, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a great place for bike riding. Close to Boston, great parking next to the State Police Headquarters. Accessible from route 16. The ride around the Mystic River reservation is about 3 miles. Most are paved which are excellent if you just want to jog or walk. Ideal for parents that want to train kids in their bicycles. No... More 

Thank Ramon_from_Boston
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

I am visiting my son who lives in Arlington with the Mystic River as a boundary. It is a beautiful meandering river with well shaded walk ways popular with joggers and geese. People with boats are on the river enjoying summer with the family. On top of it a bus ride or a cup of coffee are just 10 minutes... More 

Thank Goomtee
Somerville, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

it's so calm and peaceful, a little slice of widreness nestled in the city. Really good rates on boatrentals too

Thank Kali6663
Level Contributor
47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

It isn't a place that you walk to, but it is a great walk, with a great view of Boston and very outdoorsy. Unfortunately, it is on a busy highway, but if you go by the river, it's peaceful.

Thank Paula M
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2009

Great place to walk your dog or just relax in park land!

2 Thank TrdThunder

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