Charles River Path – Bridge Street
Guidebook Section: North
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.
Size: About 2.5 miles long
Longest Walk: 5 mile loop
Along the Charles River Path: Loop from Watertown Square to Moody Street
Along the Charles River Path: Loop from Watertown Square to Auburndale
Along the Charles River Path: Moody Street to Watertown Square (by foot and bus)
Acquired: This portion of the Upper Charles River Restoration Project was mostly completed in 2005, and extended in 2015.
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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.
A second mill was opened to produce cloth and textile machinery.
Planning begins for riverwalk. First phase is between North Street in Newton and Elm Street in Waltham.
Blue Heron Bridge completed, allowing continuous walking along the river from Watertown Square to Elm Street.
The connection from Elm Street to Moody Street completed.
Charles River Path – Bridge Street Map
Accessible Trails, Biking, Birding, Canoe & Kayak Rental, Charles River Walk, Cross Country Skiing, Historic Site, Picnic Tables, Scenic View, Woods Trail
Newton Assessor’s Map ID: [many separate parcels]
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