Newton Park and Conservation Lands
Hemlock Gorge Reservation
LOCATION: Newton Upper Falls and Needham
Newton Conservators trail map (Buy a copy of our trail guide)
and driving directions on Google Maps for entrances at:
Ellis Street Hamilton Place (Needham)
Other maps and aerial
photos: Newton Assessor Bing
Connects to: Sudbury Aqueduct Charles River Path--Quinobequin Road
SIZE: 23 acres
LONGEST WALK: 0.8 miles (a longer walk that passes near this park) (more)
Hemlock Gorge: DCR
Echo Bridge: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
National Historic Landmark, the handsome stone bridge contains the
Sudbury Aqueduct, with a pedestrian walk on top. Visitors standing
under the arch can make a fine echo and view the deep river gorge,
waterfall, and steep hemlock-covered banks. Spectacular views atop
knew the Ponkapoag Indians built a fish weir here to trap fish
in the weir's branches, catch fish from canoes, and smoke the
fish on the river banks.
||Grist mill, saw
mill, fulling mill, snuff mills, and wire mill were built nearby.
||Echo Bridge built
by Boston Water Works as the second largest masonry arch in
the U. S.
||Acquired by the state
for the Metropolitan Park System, one of its first purchases.
||MDC water system, including Echo Bridge, taken over by newly created Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).
||Echo Bridge was briefly closed to pedestrians due to concern about safety of the railings. The bridge was soon reopened after temporary fencing was installed. The MWRA and city officials are seeking funding for permanent repairs. More info
||DCR rebuilds dike and spillway (photos)
ADVOCATES & CARETAKERS:
of Hemlock Gorge
1094 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
An AMC book, More Nature Walks in Eastern Massachusetts, describes an easy 1-mile walk in Hemlock Gorge.
Another AMC book, WalkBoston, describes a 3-mile walk that includes Hemlock Gorge and Newton Upper Falls. See a map of this walk.
The park is described in the book, Walks in Wellesley.
A Walking Tour of Hemlock Gorge, by Kenneth W. Newcomb
KMZ file for use in Google Earth and GPS devices
Acoustics of Echo Bridge, including a video of a saxophone performance on the listening platform
More about the Blue Heron Trail
"Then and now" photos
1889 King's Handbook of Newton
Old postcards from the Newton History Museum
Discover Historic Newton Upper Falls brochure
Kenneth W. Newcomb's neighborhood history has a chapter that discusses Echo Bridge and Hemlock Gorge.
Photos on Flickr ... and more photos ... and more ... and still more
Echo Bridge receives an inauspicious designation (Village 14, 10/18/2018)
Preserving Echo Bridge (President's message)
Echo Bridge Railing Restoration Project
"Echo Bridge" (a poem by Francis J. Ryan)
A book of poetry, Echoes
in Hemlock Gorge, uses this park as a theme.
A new echo platform was opened in 2004 at the base of Echo Bridge. (more)
Boston Globe article on Echo Bridge
A blogger visits the park with her dogs