Needham, Newton and Wellesley
Open dawn to dusk. Hemlock Gorge in Needham, Newton and Wellesley 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 Gorge 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).