Discover West Roxbury's Urban Wilds by Bike
10:00 am, Saturday, May 4, 2013

Join us as we explore the Urban Wilds of West Roxbury by bike. We'll start near the top of the highest hill in Boston, Bellevue Hill, and bike across West Roxbury to Hancock Woods and Leatherbee Woods, then through Brook Farm State Historic Site and Millenium Park to Rivermoor Urban Wild. We'll pass the Belle Ave. Urban Wild, much of which the state sold off to abutters, the giant quarry in the heart of the neighborhood, and the Roxbury Latin Urban Wild on its eastern edge on our way back up the hill to the starting point. This will be a farily easy ride for ages 10 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult). Helmet and bicycle are required. The ride is free.

Registration is recommended with BNAN by phone 617-542-7696 or email.


Brook Farm


  • Where: Meet at the Bellevue Hill Park entrance at the intersection of Bellevue Hill Rd. and Stratford St., West Roxbury
  • When: Departing at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 4, 2013
  • Distance: 12.5 miles.
  • Pace: Relaxed, probably 6-10 MPH.
  • Terrain: Starting at the top of the biggest hill, otherwise mostly flat
  • Route: Mostly on back streets, but some on paved and unpaved trails
  • Leader: Jessica Mink

Maps and Cue sheet

route map

Getting There


Ride south from Forest Hills on Washington St. or from the Emerald Necklace on Centre St. to the the West Roxbury Parkway, and take one of the paths up the hill.


You 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):
Take Washington St. up the hill throuogh Roslindale to the top and turn right on the West Roxbury Parkway and follow one of the paths on your left to the summit. The buses now have racks, so you might be able to take a 34 or 34E bus to the intersection.


Find your way to Bellevue Hill Rd. either from Lagrange St., the next light south of the summit of the hill on Washington St. or Clement Ave., which parallels the West Roxbury Parkway and can be entered from Pelton St.

Bailout points

Centre and Spring St. buses have bike racks.

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