Cochituate and Sudbury Aqueducts


You can walk a 7 mile circuit within Newton on both aqueducts. Or, you can take a 5 mile walk (returning by MBTA) from Waban to Chestnut Hill that begins on the Cochituate Aqueduct.

Cochituate Aqueduct

Enters Quinobequin Road area in Waban at the foot of Varick Road, after crossing the Charles River from Wellesley over a low stone bridge. When the aqueduct was in active use, the water was pumped uphill at this point. The public path runs through Waban, Cold Spring Park, Newton Highlands, the Wilson Conservation Lands, and Newton Centre Playground before it disappears in a tunnel through Waban Hill. Woodlands, pine forest, meadows.

Sudbury Aqueduct

Enters Newton Upper Falls over Echo Bridge across the Charles River in Hemlock Gorge Reservation. Nearly joins Cochituate Aqueduct near Cold Spring Park, and disappears into a tunnel at Gray Cliff Road in Newton Centre.


Longest Walk: 7 mile circuit    

Longer Walks that include this property:
A Loop Along the Aqueducts
Waban to Chestnut Hill



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USGS map

The two aqueducts pass near three stations on the MBTA Green Line: a 0.5 mile walk from Newton Centre Station, or a 0.1 mile walk from Eliot Station, or a 0.2 mile walk from Waban Station

Connects to:

Cold Spring Park

Hemlock Gorge

Charles River Path–Quinobequin Road

Trail Map

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GPS Enabled Trail Map

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Photo Gallery




Built to bring water to Boston’s Chestnut Hill Reservoir from Lake Cochituate.


City of Newton purchased aqueduct for sewer lines.



Built to bring water to Boston from the Sudbury Reservoir.


Completion of Dorchester Tunnel allowed use of Sudbury Aqueduct to be discontinued. Aqueduct maintained by MWRA as backup source of water.


MWRA opens aqueduct rights-of-way for public trail use


Biking, Charles River Walk, Cross Country Skiing, Historic Site, MBTA Green Line, Woods Trail

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: [many separate parcels]