Trail Guides and Books

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The Blithedale Romance

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This book is set in a utopian community and was written after Hawthorne lived at Brook Farm.


The Charles River: Exploring Nature and History on Foot and by Canoe

by Ron McAdow

This book also provides information about canoing the Charles River and hiking near its banks. It includes USGS maps of the entire length of the Charles.


The Makers of the Mold: A History of Newton Upper Falls

by Ken Newcomb

This history of Newton Upper Falls and the industrial age in Hemlock Gorge was first published online, and is now available in print.



WalkBoston: Walking Tours of Boston’s Unique Neighborhoods

by Robert Sloane (Editor)

Describes walking tours in Boston and many surrounding communities, including three trips in Newton:

The Fields of Newton

Newton Upper Falls (including Hemlock Gorge)

The Upper Charles River Reservation (including Charles River Path — Galen St. to Bridge St. and Charles River Path — Bridge St. to Moody St.).


Walking Trails in Newton’s Park & Conservation Lands

by Judy Hepburn, Pat Robinson, Lucy Caldwell-Stair, and Dan Brody

Walking Trails in Newton’s Park & Conservation Lands is a 70-page guide containing detailed descriptions and trail maps of 34 parks and conservation areas, featuring ponds, gardens, trails, canoe launches, nature guides, rock climbing, scenic views, handicapped access, geological features, and bird watching areas. The guide also contains photos, driving directions, interesting historical details, and an overall map of showing the locations of the 34 natural areas. View a map.

The 2013 edition adds a map and description of the Chestnut Hill Reservation (including the reservoir and the Waterworks Museum), and makes numerous updates to the maps and text for other parks.


Walks in Wellesley

by Margaret Klein Wilson (Author), Rosemary Ladd-Griffin (Illustrator)

This book (and enclosed map) describes 19 open space areas in and around Wellesley, including Hemlock Gorge and the Fyffe Footbridge. The book is for sale at Wellesley Books or from the Wellesley Conservation Council.