Newton Park and Conservation Lands
LOCATION: Needham at Newton border
Newton Conservators trail map (Buy a copy of our trail guide)
and driving directions on Google Maps for entrances at:
Kendrick Street (Needham) Needham Street (Dedham)
Other maps and aerial
photos: DCR park map Bing
Nearby: Nahanton Park Helen Heyn Riverway
LONGEST WALK: 5 miles
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: DCR
The 800 acres known as Cutler Park comprise
the largest remaining fresh water marsh on the middle Charles River.
The marshland and the small lake attract over 100
species of birds.
A trail goes around Kendrick Pond (also called
Cutler Pond). Another trail extends from the pond trail and goes to
Powell's Island canoe landing, doubles back and goes under the MBTA
commuter rail and out to the Great Plain. From here a hiker has
two choices. A right turn leads to a boardwalk through a cattail
marsh and ends up on Needham Street in Dedham. A left turn leads
down the wide path alongside the elevated railroad line all the
way to the Charles River.
After a snowfall the area becomes a fairyland
for cross-country skiing. In summer, there's hiking, canoeing, and
The marshlands, created by flooding from the
Newton Upper Falls Silk Dam, have been used for pasturelands for
hundreds of years. The marshes were tapped from the late 1800s as
watershed well sites. You can see remains of filtering ponds, ditches,
This park is described in the AMC
Massachusetts Trail Guide.
A portion of the park has been designated as a "core habitat" by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program.
Photo gallery National Trails Day Photos
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