We'll start at "Hyde Park" billboard near the intersection of the Truman
Parkway and Fairmount Ave. in Hyde Park, a bit downstream from the end of
Mother Brook. After a quick loop to view the confluence of the Neponset
River and Mother Brook, we'll follow the Neponset Trail to Readville
and take the Neponset Valley Parkway
back to Mother Brook. Then we'll head upstream and pass one of the most
beautiful old mills around Boston in East Dedham. We'll follow Mother
Brook through Dedham, turning around at the dam on the Charles across
the VFW Parkway from the Dedham Mall where Mother Brook has begun since
1650. On the way back to the starting point, we'll use one of the lesser
known paved paths through Stony Brook Reservation and pass Boston's biggest
skate park on our way back to the start. Steady rain postpones. Helmets are required.
The ride is free.
Confluence of the Neponset River and Mother Brook
Maps and Cue sheet
BicycleRide south from Forest Hills on Hyde Park Ave. to Cleary Square, then turn left on River St. and continue straight on Fairmount Ave. when River St. turns left. Stop at the second light, just after crossing the Neponset River.
From Dorchester or Mattapan, continue south on River St. from Mattapan Square, avoiding the construction on the Truman Parkway. Turn left on Fairmount Ave. when River St. turns right toward Cleary Square.
MBTAYou can take your bike on T rapid transit lines and some bus lines, (none of which go near today's ride), for no extra charge. Details are on the MBTA website.
From Forest Hills (Orange Line):
CarTake the Route 138 exit from Route 128/93N, and go north to the Neponset Valley Parkway. Turn left, then right on the Truman Parkway at the next light. Turn left at Fairmount Ave. and look for a parking space.
Buses on Hyde Park Ave. and Washtington St. with bus racks can take you back to Forest Hills Station.
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