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Upper Charles River Reservation


96 Forest Grove Road, Waltham, MA 02453
Transit friendly
Historic site
Handicapped Accessible
Dogs Allowed

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The Upper Charles River Reservation extends from the Watertown Dam to Riverdale Park in West Roxbury, MA. Now that native plants have been restored to the riverbanks, birds and wildlife have returned. You can follow paths that wind along the Charles River, through the towns of Watertown, Waltham, Newton and Weston.


Dawn to dusk

Dawn to dusk


Free on-site parking can be found along the reservation. See map for more details.


Person hiking through the woods.

Hiking & walking

The Charles River Greenway is an 4-mile path along the river. The trail also connects with the Charles River Pathway in Cambridge and Boston.
Racoon up in a tree.

Wildlife watching

Wildlife abound in the lake district in Auburndale, MA. See black-crowned night heron, muskrats, snapping turtles, and more.

All Activities

  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Educational programs


  • Boat ramp (car top)
  • Picnic areas
  • Playgrounds
  • Restrooms


  • Hiking
    • Sand dust


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