NEWTON UPPER FALLS GREENWAY:
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Last Updated: April 23, 2016
Length: Newton Upper Falls Greenway; 1 mile
Difficulty: Easy. Flat stone-dust rail trail.
To Start from Newton Highlands Playground; From I-95 take exit 20A to Route 9 in Newton. After 1.4 miles exit to Boylston St, then head left (south) on Winchester St. Take your first left on Dedham St followed by an immediate left to a parking lot in front of the Howard Whitmore Jr. Field (Newton Highlands Playground). To access the trail you'll need to return back out to Winchester St. A cross-light will take you over to Needham St. Continue south on Needham to your first right on Easy St. The trail begins behind National Lumber after 0.2 miles.
To Start from the Chestnut Street parking lot; From Route 9 in Newton exit to Boylston St, then head left (south) on Winchester St. Bear right on Needham St and follow for 0.7 miles to Oak St. Turn right, cross over the trail, then turn right on Chestnut St. Parking lot is on your right. Note; I believe this is a metered lot.
The Newton Upper Falls Greenway follows the former rail bed of the Bay Colony RR. To the south, the town of Needham has also developed a trail along this former rail bed called the Bay Colony Rail Trail . For more information visit; NEWTON UPPER FALLS GREENWAY .
Starting from Northern end; The trail begins behind National Lumber. The wide stone-dust trail travels south along the old rail bed. You follow an industrial corridor. After 0.5 miles you'll come to an informational board located next to a super tall antenna.
Note; On your left an old RR Spur is currently (as of April 2016) being converted to a spur trail leading out to Needham St.
Continuing south you'll pass by another informational board located next to the Chestnut Street parking lot, followed by the old Newton Upper Falls Depot, before crossing Oak St at 0.7 miles. Look for an old RR semaphore on your right just before a berm takes you to an old RR bridge over the Charles River. The trail currently ends here after 1 mile. Unfortunately on the other side of the river the old RR bridge that would get you over I-95 is gone, so I'm not sure if there are future plans to continue the trail south into Needham.
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