Oak Hill Pathway

Guidebook Section: South



2019 Update: The entrance to this trail is blocked by vegetation. The reminder of the trail is unmarked and very hard to follow.

Other maps and aerial photos:

Sawmill Brook


A public access pathway from Ober Road goes over privately owned lands to the top of Oak Hill. Oak Hill is a drumlin with an elevation of 291 feet that was formed by glacial action. There is sandy till in the outcrop at the top of the hill, and rocks of varying sizes from sand to cobble size intermixed in the till.

Take in the scenic view of the Charles River Valley and the Blue Hills. You can look across to Bald Pate Hill, which is another drumlin (302 foot elevation) with typical rounded elliptical shape.

Size: 1 acre

Longest Walk: 0.2 miles

Acquired: 1980

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Public access to path was reserved by the city as part of the sale and adaptive reuse of the Peabody School property and the H. H. Richardson-designed Bigelow House. Both are now condos.

Oak Hill Pathway Map



Conservation Area, Geologic Features, Scenic View, Woods Trail

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: [easement across various parcels]

The Bigelow House was renovated with the assistance of the This Old House television program, in a series broadcast in 1981.