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Newton Park and Conservation Lands

  Helen Heyn Riverway  

LOCATION: South Newton

Charles River photo

Newton Conservators trail map   (Buy a copy of our trail guide)

Location and driving directions on Google Maps for entrances at:

Nahanton Street  Sawmill Brook Parkway  Wells Avenue

MBTA: Route 52   Directions from Green Line

Other maps and aerial photos:   Newton Assessor   Bing   

DCR map of this region

Connects to: Nahanton Park   Brook Farm Historic Site

SIZE: 30 acres


3 miles, on this walk through Brook Farm and Millennium Park

A 6-mile walk from the Charles River to Newton Centre


Riverbank: DCR

Woods: Conservation Commission


This section of the Charles River Footpath runs along the border of wetland vegetation through a wooded floodplain. It was constructed through a cooperative effort involving the Parks and Recreation Department, the Conservation Commission, the state, the Newton Conservators, and Newton Knights of Tunsion.


The land was part of the estate of Robert Gould Shaw II. During the Civil War, Shaw's cousin, Col. Robert Gould Shaw, a young white officer from a prominent Boston family, volunteered for the command of the first black regiment to be recruited in the North. The family's estate house is now part of the Mt. Ida College campus.

1970s Part of Shaw land developed as Wells Avenue office park.
1990s Volunteers made the trail. Once a planned crossing over College Brook is built, the path will run continually through the floodplain without a detour to and from Wells Avenue parking lots.
2006 Conservation area renamed in honor of Helen Heyn, a founding member of the Newton Conservators. Heyn served on the Newton Conservation Commission for 42 years as a member, executive secretary, and associate member.


A statue of Col. Robert Gould Shaw and his troops, designed by noted sculptor Augustus St. Gaudens, is on the Boston Common. Col. Shaw was played by actor Matthew Broderick in the 1989 movie, Glory.

US Environmental Protection Agency information about the Charles River

US Geological Survey information

The trail is part of the Blue Heron Trail


Charles River photo

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