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  Upper Falls Greenway  



LOCATION: Newton Upper Falls

Location and driving directions on Google Maps to:

Oak Street (on-street metered parking on Chestnut Street)

Easy Street   

MBTA D Riverside Green Line: a 13-minute walk from Eliot, or a less pleasant 11-minute walk from Newton Highlands

MBTA bus route 59 (infrequent service) stops at Chestnut and Oak, adjacent to the trail

Other maps and aerial photos:    Upper Falls Greenway   Bing   

Possible future connection to: Charles River Pathway Conservation Area (Williams-Saco Streets)

Nearby: The walk from Eliot MBTA passes by the Frank Barney and Martin Conservation Areas

SIZE: 1 mile linear park



MANAGED BY : City of Newton; land owned by MBTA


Linear park on old railroad line connecting Newton Highlands with the Charles River. Viewing platform on portion of old bridge over the Charles.


1852 Newton Upper Falls station (now the Depot Coffee Shoppe) was built.


Boston & Albany railroad abandoned service on Highland Branch. MBTA created D line to Riverside. Proposal to create service on branch of line from Newton Highlands to Needham was not implemented. Freight service on Upper Falls branch continued through at least 1984.
2011 Initial proposal to create greenway (more)
2013 Work begins to convert train tracks to greenway
2014 Trail originally scheduled to open. (Construction delayed.)
2015 City of Newton picks up work to complete the Greenway
2016 Greenway is dedicated



Upper Falls Greenway


The proposed Needham Rail Trail would connect to the Upper Falls Greenway.

The proposed Bay Colony Rail Trail would continue through Dover to Medfield.

Iron Horse Preservation Society began the work to convert the railbed to a greenway.

History of train service in Newton Upper Falls

A video of a ride on the trail in January 2016

2017 Environmentalist of the Year Award to the creators of the Greenway

Newsletter articles about the Greenway:

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Beyond Boundaries outdoor sculpture show Summer 2018

The Greenway may someday connect to the Blue Heron Trail

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