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
A Highly Unofficial Route on Connections to the Upper Falls Greenway
Along the Charles in Upper Falls
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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
Connection planned to: Upper Falls Riverwalk
Nearby: 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
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Newton Upper Falls station (now the Depot Coffee Shoppe) 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
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, Cross Country Skiing, MBTA Green Line, Woods Trail
Advocates & Caretakers:
Upper Falls Greenway on Facebook
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:
Fall 2018 (Beyond Boundaries sculpture show)
The Greenway may someday connect to the Blue Heron Trail
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