Upper Falls Greenway


Linear park on old railroad line connecting Newton Highlands with the Charles River. Spur path runs from middle of Greenway to Needham Street.


Size: 1 mile linear park    Longest Walk: 2 miles    Acquired: 2013



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Get here by MBTA:

D Riverside Green Line: a 13-minute walk from Eliot, or a less pleasant 11-minute walk from Newton Highlands

MBTA bus route 59 (infrequent service) stops at Chestnut and Oak, adjacent to the trail

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

Connected to: Upper Falls Riverwalk

Info about this connection

Nearby: The walk from Eliot MBTA passes by the Frank Barney and Martin Conservation Areas

Trail Map

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GPS Enabled Trail Map

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Newton Upper Falls station (now Little Luke’s Cafe) was built.


Boston & Albany railroad abandoned service on Highland Branch. MBTA created D line to Riverside. Proposal to create service on branch of line from Newton Highlands to Needham was not implemented. Freight service on Upper Falls branch continued through at least 1984.


Initial proposal to create greenway (more)


Work begins to convert train tracks to greenway


Trail originally scheduled to open. (Construction delayed.)


City of Newton picks up work to complete the Greenway


Greenway is dedicated


February 20 – The MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program awards a $396,500 grant to the City of Newton for design and engineering work that will jumpstart an extension of the Upper Falls Greenway Trail (to allow pedestrians and cyclists better access to the MBTA and Needham Street) and support improvements to safety, conditions, sustainability and vitality in the Pettee Square commercial district.


At western end of Greenway, connections made to Upper Falls Riverwalk and to trail leading to Bobby Braceland Playground.  (more info)


Planning begins for the Newton/Needham Community Way, to extend the Greenway into Needham.


Accessible Trails, Biking, Charles River Walk, Cross Country Skiing, Historic Site, MBTA Green Line, Picnic Tables, Woods Trail

Additional Information

Advocates & Caretakers:

Upper Falls Greenway website is temporarily offline

Upper Falls Greenway on Facebook

Related Information:

Poster of invasive plants found in the Upper Fall Greenway

The proposed Needham Rail Trail would connect to the Upper Falls Greenway.

The proposed Bay Colony Rail Trail would continue through Dover to Medfield.

Iron Horse Preservation Society began the work to convert the railbed to a greenway.

History of train service in Newton Upper Falls

A video of a ride on the trail in January 2016

2017 Environmentalist of the Year Award to the creators of the Greenway

Newsletter articles about the Greenway:

Summer 2017 

Fall 2017

Fall 2018 (Beyond Boundaries sculpture show)

The Greenway may someday connect to the Blue Heron Trail