Upper Charles River Reservation

Transit friendly
Accessible
Dogs Allowed
Historic site

Details of Upper Charles River Reservation

Overview of Upper Charles River Reservation

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.

Hours for Upper Charles River Reservation

Dawn to dusk

Parking at Upper Charles River Reservation

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

Activities at Upper Charles River Reservation

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 at Upper Charles River Reservation

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

Facilities at Upper Charles River Reservation

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

Services at Upper Charles River Reservation

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Accessibility at Upper Charles River Reservation

  • Hiking
    • Sand dust
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