Boston, MA

South Boston Waterfront

Creative Commons 3.0: Bill Ilott

This route is focused on the South Boston section of the HarborWalk, which in our view is the most scenic part of Boston’s waterfront for running. It’s up to 6 miles one-way, including the Pleasure Bay loop, to UMASS Boston.

Start at Pleasure Bay/Castle Island, which is located ~1.5 miles from the Seaport District. The loop around Pleasure Bay is 2.1 miles, with great views and the famous Sully’s seafood shack for a good post-run reward (in season). Continue along William Day Blvd. for 1.8 miles to the Carson Beach bathhouse. The next 1 mile along the boardwalk from Carson Beach to the JFK Presidential Library is gorgeous, with great views of the water and Boston skyline. From the JFK Library, it’s another ~1 mile around Columbia Point and along the water’s edge at the UMASS Boston campus to Rt. 3A.

Add-Ons: Other sections of the Boston waterfront, toward downtown. There are additional pedestrian paths at the ever-changing UMASS Boston campus. Also some nice paths around the fields of Joe Moakley Park, adjacent to Carson Beach. For some hills and a nice neighborhood with older homes, run in the Savin Hill neighborhood, just across 3A from the end of the path at UMASS,

 

 

 

Essentials
  • Up to 6.1 miles (10 km) one-way, including loop of Pleasure Bay
  • 277 feet (84m) one-way
  • Choose a start point, anywhere from Charlestown to UMASS
  • Red Line: JFK/UMASS (stop is near Carson Beach). Otherwise there's bus access & ample parking

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Essentials
  • Up to 6.1 miles (10 km) one-way, including loop of Pleasure Bay
  • 277 feet (84m) one-way
  • Choose a start point, anywhere from Charlestown to UMASS
  • Red Line: JFK/UMASS (stop is near Carson Beach). Otherwise there's bus access & ample parking