This walk is about 4 miles long. It starts (or ends) with a bus ride from
Watertown Square to Moody Street in Waltham. The walking portion of this trip is on the trails described on these two pages of this website:
Bridge Street to Moody Street
Galen Street to Bridge Street
Note: In December 2015, a new section of the path was completed along the river, making a direct connection between Elm Street and the Charles River Museum of Industry. The map, descriptions, and photos below include the new path.
Map by gmap-pedometer.com
Begin by taking the MBTA 70/70A bus from Watertown Square to Moody Street in Waltham. The bus runs frequently, but you may want to consult the schedule.
Alternately, you could park your car and start walking in Waltham, and take the bus back from Watertown Square at the end.
Refreshments and diversions of all kinds are available if you turn left and cross the Moody Street bridge.
Enter the path at the north end of the Moody Street bridge, with the Charles on your right. You are heading to the east.
Proceed along the edge of the river; bear left towards the museum.
Consider making a visit to the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.
The path goes below the Elm Street bridge.
The path loops around and goes up to the bridge. Turn left on the bridge, and enter the Riverwalk.
Cross Newton Street and continue on the Riverwalk.
Cross the river on Farwell Street.
Enter the Riverwalk again.
Cross the Blue Heron Bridge.
The path ends on California Street. Continue on the sidewalk to Bridge Street, and turn left onto the bridge, without crossing the street.
Follow the heron footprints on the sidewalk.
Bemis Mill and the remains of the old Bemis Dam
Jack Frost illustration of Bemis Dam
Once you’ve walked over the river, cross the street and enter the Riverwalk.
If you have a much longer trip in mind, you can follow the signs for the East Coast Greenway, which eventually will lead from Maine to Florida.
Bear right onto a dirt path as the trail approaches a swimming pool.
Gulls looking for fish at Watertown Dam. Watertown Square is just past the dam.