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Happy Trail

An unexpected urban park you can walk, run, or ride

SWCorridorBikePath_cbrostrom-1Photo: Cara Brostrom


idden in plain sight down the spine of densely populated neighborhoods in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, the Back Bay, and the South End is a nearly five-mile cycling, running, and walking path with basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, wading pools, and open green areas that provide a perfect escape for cyclists, joggers, families, dogs, and their owners. It also makes a great commuting route that beats rush hour on the Southeast Expressway or the T. Thornton



The Southwest Corridor Park follows the route of what was at one time envisioned to become a 12-lane highway linking Boston’s southern neighborhoods to Cambridge until residents lay down in front of the bulldozers to block construction.