HI Friendly Crossways is the second longest continually operating hostel in the US. The hostel is only 30 miles northwest of Boston and Harvard Square in Cambridge and easily accessible by train.

HI Friendly Crossways has many great facilities including; a large, well-stocked self-catering kitchen, delicious, healthy meals provided by an on-site caterer, fireplace, fire circle and common rooms.

This country hostel is only 20 minutes from Thoreau's Walden Pond, national historical parks in Lowell and Concord, and the Fruitlands Museums. The surrounding area is great for hiking, canoeing, biking, and skiing. Fascinating day trips can be made to Salem, Plymouth, Sturbridge , and Boston for history, maritime museums, witches, whale watching and more.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Eco-tourism

Green rating



I liked the friendliness of the staff and the location. I wish the blankets and comforters were all big enough to cover the beds, and thick enough to be warm.The blanket and the comforter I got were rather small and thin, so it felt rather cold. I ended up borrowing a larger blanket from an unused bed nearby.


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Mon 23 Nov 2015