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Charles River Path – Bridge Street

Guidebook Section: North

Location

 

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

Other maps and aerial photos:
Bing

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

Overview

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.

Owner & Administrator Websites


Photo Gallery

First three photos shown here. Click a photo to view the complete slideshow or click here to browse the complete gallery.

History

1814

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.

1816

A second mill was opened to produce cloth and textile machinery.

1994

Planning begins for riverwalk. First phase is between North Street in Newton and Elm Street in Waltham.

2005

Blue Heron Bridge completed, allowing continuous walking along the river from Watertown Square to Elm Street.

2015

The connection from Elm Street to Moody Street completed.

Charles River Path – Bridge Street Map


 

Features

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

Additional Information

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

Walks and Maps:

Walks along this path

DCR website and maps of eastern and western sections of the park

This park is part of Walk 25 in the book, WalkBoston

More about the Blue Heron Trail

General Descriptions:

Essay by Alison Leary

Wikipedia

Boston Globe article and map

Wildflowers Near the Charles River

Birding reports

History:

Discover Historic Nonantum brochure

Newton Patch: More than “Dirty Water”: The History of the Charles River in Newton

Government agency information:

1975 Charles River Pathway Plan

1998 Upper Charles River Master Plan

2003 Upper Charles River Reservation project update

US Environmental Protection Agency