Newton Park and Conservation Lands
LOCATION: Newton Highlands
and driving directions on Google Maps for entrance at:
Newton Conservators trail map (Buy a copy of our trail guide)
Other maps and aerial
photos: Newton Assessor Bing
SIZE: 2.5 acres
LONGEST WALK: 0.3 miles
ADMINISTERED BY: Conservation Commission
The Oakdale Woods are typical of the many small open space parcels in the southern part of the city that were developed after World War II. This small space has been used by neighborhood children for winter sledding, acorn fights, and informal camping for many generations and was left undeveloped due to its geological features, including a substantial deposit of Roxbury Puddingstone and glacial boulders, as well as a steep cliff running the length of the woods.
Old maps going back to at least 1917 show a paper street continuing Oakdale Road through the woods. The area was subdivided into 10 house lots.
However, the road was never built, and the land never developed. Stearns Brook runs through the woods in this pocket park.