Charles River Path – Bridge Street


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    Acquired: This portion of the Upper Charles River Restoration Project was mostly completed in 2005, and extended in 2015.



Get here by MBTA: The Fitchburg commuter rail line and many bus lines serve Moody Street

Other maps and aerial photos: Bing Maps bird’s-eye view

Connects to: Charles River Path: Galen Street to Bridge Street

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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.


Accessible Trails, Biking, Birding, Canoe & Kayak Rental, Charles River Walk, Cross Country Skiing, Historic Site, Picnic Tables, Scenic View, Woods Trail

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