Needham, Newton and Natick
Open dawn to dusk. Hemlock
Gorge in Needham and Newton is a small 23-acre wild area along
the banks of the Charles River. The park is dominated by the
steep gorge, the river, its surrounding stands of Hemlock trees
and Echo Bridge, a huge granite and brick structure that spans
the river and gorge. When built in 1877 by the Boston Water Works,
the bridge was the second largest masonry arch in the United
States. And in 1982, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Atop the bridge one is afforded spectacular views of the river
and neighboring lands. From a platform beneath the bridge's central
arch, visitors have long enjoyed testing the echo that gave the
structure its name. Open year-round, dawn to dusk. For more
information call (617) 698-1802 or check out the Friends
of Hemlock Gorge.
Hemlock George Reservation is located on the Charles River
Between Newton and Upper Falls and Needham. To get there take Route
128(I-95) to Route 9 East and get at first exit (Newton Upper Falls).
Turn right at stop sign onto Ellis St. and right again at next stop
sign onto Chestnut St. Turn right at first traffic light onto Elliot
St (Central Ave. in Needham). Parking is off of Hamilton Place (first
right after crossing river).