Trail Guides and Books
The Blithedale Romanceby 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 Canoeby 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 Fallsby 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.
Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woodsby Richard Primack
Primack was the guest speaker at the 2009 Conservators annual dinner.
WalkBoston: Walking Tours of Boston’s Unique Neighborhoodsby Robert Sloane (Editor)
Describes walking tours in Boston and many surrounding communities, including three trips in 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 Landsby 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 Wellesleyby 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.