Battle Road Trail
Battle Road Trail

Battle Road Trail

Concord, Massachusetts

The basics

Battle Road Trail is located in Concord's Minute Man National Historical Park, and it's an essential destination for history buffs. A fitting complement to a Boston Freedom Trail walking tour, this site is ideal for travelers wanting to see where the opening battles of the Revolutionary War were fought.

The park is free to visit. You can walk or bike along the 5-mile (8-kilometer) stretch as it winds through wetlands and farm fields. Along the way, look out for historic ambush points, and follow route signposts to learn about the 1775 battles. You can also stop at the park's historic sights—including Hartwell Tavern, Captain William Smith House, and the spot where Paul Revere was captured.

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Things to know before you go

  • Learn about the battles at Minute Man Visitor Center, which features a multimedia program called, ""The Road To Revolution.""
  • Pet owners can bring leashed dogs on Battle Road Trail.
  • Avoid getting lost by following a complimentary park map.
  • The visitor centers are wheelchair-accessible.
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How to get there

Battle Road Trail is located about 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of Boston, between Lexington and Concord. Driving is the most convenient way to get here, but you should avoid following GPS directions. Instead, use the brown information signs along the Interstate. You can park on Route 2A or Lexington Road. Alternatively, book a history tour from Boston, and save the trouble of driving.

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When to get there

The trail is open all year round, and the Minute Man Visitor Center usually holds regular hours from April through October. Since you'll be spending time outside, plan to visit from late spring through summer to enjoy the blossoming wildflowers. It’s best to avoid visits in January or February, when it's typically cold and snowy. Patriots' Day—held in mid-April—features parades, ceremonies, and reenactments.

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Must-See Historic Spots Along the Trail

To learn more about the site, you shouldn't miss the key battle locations—such as Bloody Angle, where intense fighting took place; Parker’s Revenge battleground, and Fiske Hill. Meriam's Corner—another notable site at the west end of Battle Road Trail—is where colonial militias gathered during the British retreat. Jacob Whittemore House is also well worth a stop, where you can step inside a home that dates back to the 1700s.

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