Upper Charles River Restoration
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Submitted by Libby Stockwell Deegear
Address:Elm Street, Waltham
Hours:Dawn til dusk.
Fee: Free
Bathrooms: None
Water/Snacks: None

Pathways take you out on Charles River for exercise or fun.

Upper Charles River Reservation
Photo by: Susan

This reservation links Waltham to several other communities and features a great network of pathways that wind along the banks of the Charles River. Dams, arching bridges, and lush vegetation are located in the Waltham stretch. Meander or bike over to the eastern side, and check out the herons, ducks, and other wildlife that are abundant here.

A popular route is to start at the McKenna Playground (parking is located on Whitcomb Street) and follow the paved path east. Cross Newton Street, and continue on the trail to the Blue Heron footbridge. You will pass several river viewing areas, which are great for fishing, feeding the ducks, or looking for turtles. When crossing streets, follow the blue heron footprints painted on the ground to lead the way!

A great path for walking, biking, or jogging!

Plan B:

If the weather forces you to appreciate the Charles from the indoors, head to the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation at 154 Moody St  Waltham, MA 02453. 

If the weather is hot and sunny, head over to the public pool on River Street!

Where to Eat Nearby:

There are several kid-friendly places to eat in Waltham's downtown on Moody Street.


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