The five mile long Battle Road Trail connects several historic sites from Concord to Lexington. The theme of the trail is the Battle of April 19, 1775 that started the American Revolution. After the “shot heard ’round the world” in Concord the British soldiers started a retreat to Boston. The trail follows both parts of the remnants of the Battle Road and parts of the route of the Minute Men, crossing fields, wetlands and forests. The area is much more forested now than it was in 1775, but you can get a feel for areas that were cleared land from the stone walls still remaining.
The Battle Road Trail is part of the Minute Man National Historical Park. There is a nice visitor center that is open from April 1 – November 29th. Here you can watch a short film and look at displays about the battle and its participants. There is also a gift shop and restroom facilities. During the open season the park hosts a number of special events featuring historic reenactors and musical performances. The Battle Road Trail is open year round with free parking, however the facilities close in the winter.
The Battle Road Trail is a great place to walk, run or bike. There are several parking areas spread along the 5 miles, so you can choose to do the trail all at once or do shorter sections if you want.
There are lots of pictures on Flickr from a few different visits to the trail this fall. You can see them all by clicking on the photo below: