Newton Park and Conservation Lands
LOCATION: South Newton
Newton Conservators trail map (Buy a copy of our trail guide)
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
3 miles, on this walk through Brook Farm and Millennium Park
A 6-mile walk from the Charles River to Newton Centre
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.
||Part of Shaw land
developed as Wells Avenue office park.
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.
||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.
of Col. Robert Gould Shaw and his troops, designed by noted sculptor
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