Upper Falls Greenway
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
A Highly Unofficial Route on Connections to the Upper Falls Greenway
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
Possible future connection to:
Charles River Pathway Conservation Area (Williams-Saco Streets)
The walk from Eliot MBTA passes by the Frank Barney and Martin Conservation Areas
GPS Enabled Trail Map
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Owner & Administrator Websites
Owned by MBTA
First three photos shown here. Click a photo to view the complete slideshow or click here to browse the complete gallery.
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.
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
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.
Accessible Trails, Biking, Charles River Walk, Woods Trail
Advocates & Caretakers:
Upper Falls 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.
A video of a ride on the trail in January 2016
Newsletter articles about the Greenway:
The Greenway may someday connect to the Blue Heron Trail