Newton Park and Conservation Lands
Cochituate and Sudbury Aqueducts
LOCATION: Run from Charles River on the west, through Newton, and on to Boston.
MBTA: a 0.5 mile walk from Newton Center Station, or
a 0.1 mile walk from Eliot Station, or
a 0.2 mile walk from Waban Station, or
Connects to: Cold Spring Park Hemlock Gorge
ADMINISTERED BY: City
of Newton and the MWRA
You can walk a
7 mile circuit within Newton on both aqueducts. Or, you can take a 5 mile walk (returning by MBTA) from Waban to Chestnut Hill that begins on the Cochituate Aqueduct.
Cochituate Aqueduct Linear Open Space
Enters Quinobequin Road area in Waban at the
foot of Varick Road, after crossing the Charles River from Wellesley
over a low stone bridge. The water is pumped uphill. The public path runs through Waban, Cold
Spring Park, Newton Highlands, and Newton Center Playground before it disappears in a tunnel through Waban Hill. Woodlands, pine forest, meadows.
Sudbury Aqueduct Linear Open Space
Enters Newton Upper Falls over Echo Bridge across
the Charles River in Hemlock Gorge Reservation.
Nearly joins Cochituate Aqueduct near Cold
Spring Park, and disappears into a tunnel at Gray Cliff Road in Newton Center.
||Built to bring
water to Boston from the
Tunnel allowed use of Sudbury Aqueduct to be discontinued.
Aqueduct maintained by MWRA as backup source of water.
Exploring Newton's Historic Aqueducts (from the Spring 2006 Newsletter)
Why We Care About Newton's Aqueducts
Walking Newton's Aqueducts (from the Summer 2015 Newsletter)
Status of public use
Boston Globe article
History of the aqueducts
1993 art installation
of Cochituate Aqueduct
of Sudbury Aqueduct
Environmental Show video
Paths allow walking on the aqueducts in Wellesley