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Long Walk

Along the Charles River Walkway
Moody Street to Watertown Square (by foot and MBTA bus)


This walk is about 4 miles long. It starts (or ends) with a bus ride from Watertown Square to Moody Street in Waltham. The walking portion of this trip is on the trails described on these two pages of this website:

Galen Street to Bridge Street   Bridge Street to Moody Street

Alternate trips:


Note: In December 2015, a new section of the path was completed along the river, making a direct connection between Elm Street and the Charles River Museum of Industry. The next edition of the map on this page will include the new path. For now, please refer to this article. The descriptions and photos below include the new path.


Larger map

Printable map Boston Globe map    

Begin by taking the MBTA 70/70A bus from Watertown Square to Moody Street in Waltham. The bus runs frequently, but you may want to consult the schedule.

Alternately, you could park your car and start walking in Waltham, and take the bus back from Watertown Square at the end.

Refreshments and diversions of all kinds are available on Moody Street.  
Enter the path at the north end of the Moody Street bridge, with the Charles on your right. You are heading to the east. This map shows the starting point.  

Proceed along the edge of the river; bear left towards the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.

The new path begins next to the museum entrance.  
The path goes below the Elm Street bridge.  
The path loops around and goes up to the bridge. Turn left on the bridge, and enter the Riverwalk.  
Cross Newton Street and continue on the Riverwalk.  
Cross the river on Farwell Street.  
Enter the Riverwalk again.  
Cross the Blue Heron Bridge.  
The path ends on California Street.  
Follow the heron footprints on the sidewalk, turning left across the Bridge Street bridge. Walk past the site of the Bemis Dam.  
Cross the street and enter the Riverwalk.  
If you have a longer trip in mind, you can follow the signs for the East Coast Greenway, which eventually will lead from Maine to Florida.  
Bear right onto a dirt path as the trail approaches a swimming pool.  

The walkway ends at Galen Street in Watertown Square.

If you're in the mood for more, the Paul Dudley White Bike Path extends from here to the Science Museum in downtown Boston.




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