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Upper Falls Greenway

Guidebook Section: South

Location

 

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

Possible future connection to:
Charles River Pathway Conservation Area (Williams-Saco Streets)

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

Overview

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

Size: 1 mile linear park

Longest Walk: 2 miles


Acquired: 2013

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

1852

Newton Upper Falls station (now the Depot Coffee Shoppe) was built.

1958

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.

2011

Initial proposal to create greenway (more)

2013

Work begins to convert train tracks to greenway

2014

Trail originally scheduled to open. (Construction delayed.)

2015

City of Newton picks up work to complete the Greenway

2016

Greenway is dedicated

Upper Falls Greenway Map


 

Features

Accessible Trails, Biking, Charles River Walk, Woods Trail
 

Additional Information

Advocates & Caretakers:

Upper Falls Greenway

Upper Falls Greenway on Facebook

Related Information:
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