Freedom Trail

A 2.5 mile walking trail through downtown Boston, the North End and Charlestown that connects 16 historic sites that together tell the story of Boston's role in the American Revolution and the early growth of the nation.

Type: Urban Trail
Length: 2.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: In Boston a 2.5 mile path along city sidewalks marked by a red line that connects 16 historic sites.
States: Massachusetts
Counties: Suffolk
Latitude: 42.36984   Longitude: -71.0604

The trail can be accessed from different locations in Boston. Identified by the red brick or red painted line.


To travel back to Revolutionary Boston--to understand the people, the events, and ideals of the 18th century--is a great leap for us today. But the sites along the Freedom Trail do speak eloquently of that time. Bostonians and other colonists shared a notion of liberty that was precious and worth fighting for. The Freedom Trail sites include scenes of critical events in Boston's and the nation's struggle for freedom.
Most of the Boston National Historical Park sites are connected by the Freedom Trail. Recognized as a National Recreation Trail, the 2.5-mile trail is a walking tour of 16 sites and structures of historic importance in downtown Boston and Charlestown. Sixty-minute tours begin at the Visitor Center at historic Faneuil Hall and cover the heart of the Freedom Trail from the Old South Meeting House to the Old North Church. Tours leave at regular intervals in the spring, summer, and fall, weather permitting. Visit for more information on tours. The trail is overseen by the City of Boston's Freedom Trail Commission.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Concrete
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Paver Blocks

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1976

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
National Park Service
Boston National Historical Park, Charlestown Navy
Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston , MA 02129



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