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Walking, Biking, and Canoe Routes

Guided Walks

Each spring and fall, the Conservators sponsor a series of guided walks in Newton parks and conservation areas.


Newton Conservators Trail Guide

Walking Trails in Newton's Parks & Conservation Lands is a 56-page booklet by the Newton Conservators, with detailed maps and descriptions of things to see and do in 30 Newton conservation areas.


Walking Routes: Long Walks in Newton

A page on this website has a map of the long walks and bike rides listed below:

Four different walks and bike rides, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, along the Charles in Newton, Watertown, and Waltham. See this route on a WalkBoston map.

Charles River: West Side of Newton

A 3-mile walk along the Charles, including Brook Farm and Boston's Millennium Park.

All-year and winter-only walks along the Charles near Riverside Park and the Martin Golf Course.

A 4.5-mile, one-way hike from Waban to Chestnut Hill along the aqueduct and through several parks. Return is by MBTA trolley.

An 8-mile loop along the Cochituate and Sudbury Aqueducts, starting and ending in Newton Centre. Shorter hikes are also possible.

A 7-mile one-way hike from the Charles River in South Newton to Newton Center. Return is by MBTA bus.


Walking Routes: Other Sources of Information

This book describes hiking trails in Cutler Park and Webster Conservation Area.

This book describes walking tours in Boston and many surrounding communities, including three trips in Newton:

The Fields of Newton

Newton Upper Falls (including Hemlock Gorge)

The Upper Charles River Reservation (including Charles River Path).

An AMC book, Exploring in and around Boston on Bike and Foot, describes a 2-mile walk in Webster Conservation Area.

Another AMC book, More Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts, describes an easy 1-mile walk in Hemlock Gorge.

Historic Walk Brochures

The Newton Planning Department publishes a series of brochures describing historic walks through Newton neighborhoods.

A 16-mile trail, completed in 2009, begins at the Fyffe Footbridge in Newton Lower Falls and extends through Wellesley, Needham, Natick, Dover, and Medfield. A northern extension into Newton has been proposed.


Bike Trips

A description, with photos, of an 8-mile ride along the Cochituate and Sudbury Aqueducts, starting and ending in Newton Centre.

An 18-mile trip that starts and ends at Nahanton Park.

A 24-mile round trip, mostly on the Charles River Bike Path, from Moody Street in Waltham to the Museum of Science in Boston. The route is described in the book, Bike Paths of Massachusetts, and also on a website.

A 19-mile trip (14 miles without the Brookline extension) that starts and ends at the Riverside MBTA station. The trip is contained in the book, Short Bike Rides in Eastern Massachusetts.

A similar 17-mile trip, also from the Riverside MBTA station, is included in the AMC book, Exploring in and around Boston on Bike and Foot.

Charles River photo
Canoe Routes

An AMC book, Exploring the Hidden Charles, gives information about canoing the Charles River.

The Charles River is an out-of-print book, available from online sellers. It also provides information about canoing the Charles River and hiking near its banks. It includes USGS maps of the entire length of the Charles.

Newton Canoe and Kayak Launch Sites

Paddle Boston (formerly Charles River Canoe & Kayak) rental locations

Nahanton Park paddling map

Lakes District paddling map

Boating in Boston Newton rental location guide to canoe launch sites

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