Guidebook Section: North
Trails wind through a meadow, steep pine and hemlock covered riverbanks, and wooded knoll opening to a scenic view of the Charles River. There are tagged, honorary trees and shrubs in the meadow.
Size: 13 acres
Longest Walk: 1 mile
Along the Charles River Path: Loop from Watertown Square to Auburndale
Owner & Administrator Websites
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Part of Norumbega Park, a 27-acre, privately owned park situated at the end of the streetcar line from Boston. The park originally had a deer park, small zoo, popular canoeing facilities, amphitheater, and later the famous Totem Pole Ballroom.
Norumbega Park closed.
Using state funds, the City of Newton took by eminent domain the 13 acres of old Norumbega Park that remained after the 1969 construction of the Marriott Hotel on the western portion.
Norumbega Park Map
Boat Launch, Canoe & Kayak Rental, Charles River Walk, Conservation Area, Historic Site, Meadow, Scenic View, Woods Trail
Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 41023 0002
Canoeing and Kayaking
Boating in Boston was awarded the DCR contract for canoe and kayak rentals at the historic boathouse on the Charles, beginning in 2015.
Paddle Boston (formerly Charles River Canoe and Kayak) has a paddling store at a site near this park, and a rental location at the Moody Street Dam in Waltham.
The Charles River is an out-of-print book, available from online sellers. It also provides information about canoeing the Charles River and hiking near its banks. It includes USGS maps of the entire length of the Charles.