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  Charles River Path - Bridge Street to Moody Street

LOCATION: Nonantum to Waltham

Blue Heron Bridge

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

Location and driving directions on Google Maps for entrances at:

Bridge Street  Newton Street   Cooper Street parking lot

MBTA: The Fitchburg commuter rail line and many bus lines serve Moody Street

Other maps and aerial photos:   Bing   

Connects to: Charles River Path: Galen Street to Bridge Street

SIZE: About 2.5 miles long

LONGEST WALK: 5 miles round trip (longer walks that include this park)

ACQUIRED: This portion of the Upper Charles River Restoration Project was mostly completed in 2005, and extended in 2015.



Walkway is similar in feel to the Bridge Street to Galen Street stretch, with dirt and gravel trails, boardwalks, split log benches, and riverside overlook decks. Native plants reintroduced for minimum upkeep.

The Elm Street to Moody Street connection opened in 2015, permitting off-road travel almost all the way from Boston to Norumbega Park.

Blue Heron Bridge is a stunning 140-foot suspension bridge that crosses the river at Cheesecake Brook.


1814 Francis Cabot Lowell opened a textile mill at what is today the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation. The mill is called America's first factory. Moody Street was named for mechanical genius Paul Moody, who perfected the mill's operations.
1816 A second mill was opened to produce cloth and textile machinery.
1820s Mill owners expanded to Lowell, MA.
1994 Planning begins for riverwalk. First phase is between North Street in Newton and Elm Street in Waltham.
2005 Blue Heron Bridge completed, allowing continuous walking along the river from Watertown Square to Elm Street.
2015 The connection from Elm Street to Moody Street completed.


Walks along this path

DCR website and maps of eastern and western sections of the park

This park is part of Walk 25 in the book, WalkBoston   

Essay by Alison Leary


Boston Globe article and map

Wildflowers Near the Charles River

Birding reports

Bemis Dam

Discover Historic Nonantum brochure

Newton Patch: More than "Dirty Water": The History of the Charles River in Newton

1975 Charles River Pathway Plan

1998 Upper Charles River Master Plan

2003 Upper Charles River Reservation project update

US Environmental Protection Agency

US Geological Survey

Photo gallery

Fishing in the Charles River

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