Guided Walks & Events

Come along to enjoy some of Wellesley's beautiful open spaces and discover trails that will expand your recreational options. The walks and events are free, and no registration is required. Most walks cover 1.5 to 2 miles and last about 1 hour. Participants are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear.

Activities take place unless it pours rain or there are high winds.  

We look forward to seeing you!

Walks and Events for 2018

Date Time Location
May 19 Saturday, 9:00-10:00 AM Boulder Brook Reservation
June 2 Saturday, 9:00-10:00 AM Town Forest
June 10 Sunday, 10:00-11:00 AM  North Forty
September 29 Saturday, 9:00-10:00 AM Centennial Reservation
October 14 Sunday, 1:30-3:00 PM Kids' Trails Day at Morses Pond
October 28 Sunday, 10:30-11:30 AM Sudbury Path & Cheever House
November 3 Saturday, 9:00-10:00 AM Brook Path

May 6, Sunday (10:00-11:30 a.m.) – Morses Pond Walk

Walk the trails along Morses Pond, one of the largest tracts of open space in Wellesley.  The walk will take you along the Cochituate Aqueduct from Pickle Point to the Town Beach.  Enjoy seeing the extensive shoreline, islands, wildlife habitat, and groves of pine trees.  Meet at 10 a.m. at the Crosstown Trail crossing at Russell Rd.  Take Fells Rd off Weston Rd at the Fells Library to Russell Rd, and turn left onto Russell Rd.  After passing Bay View Rd, park along the side of the road and meet at the bottom of the hill.

May 19, Saturday (9:00-10:00 a.m.) – Boulder Brook Reservation Walk

Explore this open-space jewel and walk the woodland and meadow trails adjacent to the Bates School in Kelly Memorial Park and Boulder Brook Reservation.  See large glacial erratics, landscape carved by the glaciers and a scenic view from the top of Rocky Ledges.  Meet at 9 a.m. at the Kelly Memorial Park parking lot, located on the left side of Elmwood Road 0.3 mi. east of Weston Road.

June 2, Saturday (9:00-10:00 a.m.) – Town Forest Walk

On National Trails Day, join us to walk the woodland trail of our Town Forest and enjoy picturesque views of Longfellow Pond. Ponder Chief Maugus’s summer residence many moons ago and see the remains of a once vital ice house. Our walk will also climb eskers deposited by glaciers and walk through the tree tunnel.  Meet at 9 a.m. at the Longfellow Pond parking lot, located on the left side of Oakland Street 0.9 mi. south of Rt. 9.

June 10, Sunday (10:00-11:00 a.m.) – North Forty Walk

Join us to explore the trails in the North 40 near Morses Pond that was recently purchased by the Town from Wellesley College.  This easy and enjoyable walk will take trails adjacent to the Crosstown Trail along the Cochituate Aqueduct, through woodlands and a pine forest, to a vernal pool and the community gardens.  Meet at 10 a.m. at the gate to the town beach, located at the end of Turner Road., 0.3 mi. west of Weston Road.

September 29, Saturday (9:00-10:00 a.m.) – Centennial Reservation Walk

Take a picturesque walk through rolling meadows to the top of Maugus Hill, one of the highest points in Wellesley. Explore the conservation land purchased by the town for Wellesley's 1981 Centennial Celebration, view the Great Blue Hills in Canton, and take our trail through MassBay Community College open space.  Meet at Centennial Reservation parking lot off of Oakland St. Entrance to the parking lot is on the right, 0.5 miles south from Rt. 9.

October 14, Sunday (1:30-3:00 p.m.) – Kids’ Trails Day at Morses Pond

Join us in celebrating fall and bring your kids to have fun exploring nature. We will have interactive playtime such as building a Native American shelter, identifying birds and learning about biodegradability. Refreshments served at the end of the activities. No registration required and free for kids of all ages.  Dress and footwear should be appropriate for the woods. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet at the Morses Pond beach parking lot, which will be open for this event. From Weston Rd, follow Turner Rd to the entrance to Morses Pond, follow access road for 0.3 mi, and the beach parking lot is on your right.

October 28, Sunday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) –Sudbury Path & Cheever House Walk

Follow the Sudbury Path from Wellesley College’s Cheever House, an historic mansion in the Hunnewell Estates Historic District, to the Sudbury Aqueduct. Explore the trails along the Charles River, and cross over the Waban Arches, a 500-ft long stone bridge constructed in 1876 to carry water to Boston.  Loop back through Nehoiden Golf Course, one of the oldest 9-hole courses in the country.  Meet at the Wellesley Centers for Women - Cheever House parking lot at 828 Washington St.  Directions:  Take Washington St. (Rt.16) from the center of town toward Natick for 1.0 mile.  Sign and driveway to the parking lot is on your left at top of the hill.

November 3, Saturday (9:00-10:00 a.m.) – Brook Path Walk

See a section of the newly restored Fuller Brook Park and walk through an historic part of Wellesley. The park runs roughly parallel to Washington Street along the Fuller Brook and Caroline Brook.  Established in 1899 and designed by John Charles Olmsted (nephew of Frederick Law Olmsted and a noted landscape designer in his own right) and others, a large portion of the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meet at the State Street parking lot adjacent to the High School stadium.