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 2019

Date Time Location
April 28 Sunday, 10:00-11:15 AM Sudbury Path & Needham Aqueduct Trail
May 5 Sunday, 2:00-3:00 PM Hemlock Gorge & Echo Bridge
May 18 Saturday, 9:00-10:15 AM Lower Falls
June 1 Saturday, 9:00-10:00 AM Beard Trail
June 8 Saturday 9:00 AM Trails Project, Susan Lee & Heyl Sanctuaries
September 28 Saturday, 10:00-11:00 AM North Forty
October 5 Saturday, 10:00-11:00 AM Carisbrooke Walk
October 20 Sunday, 1:30-3:00 PM Kids' Trails Day, Town Forest
November 3 Sunday, 1:00-2:00 PM Guernsey Path

GUIDED WALKS

April 28, Sunday (10:00-11:15 a.m.) – Sudbury Path & Needham Aqueduct Trail

New walk! This walk takes a loop trail on the Sudbury Aqueduct in Needham and along the Sudbury Path through Babson College in Wellesley. It follows a new section of trail recently opened up by the MWRA along the aqueduct on Olin and Babson land in Needham, then crosses back into Wellesley to connect with the Sudbury Path that goes in back of the Babson Executive Conference Center and Boston Sports Center. Meet at the far right corner of the Babson Skating Rink parking lot at 150 Great Plain Ave.

May 5, Sunday (2:00-3:00 p.m.) – Hemlock Gorge & Echo Bridge

Explore the trails in Hemlock Gorge, a scenic and historic area along the Charles River at the corners of Wellesley, Needham and Newton. Get a birds-eye view of the gorge from Echo Bridge, a 70-foot high stone bridge across the Charles River used to carry Sudbury Aqueduct water to Boston. Stand under the main arch and count the number of times you hear your echo. Meet at the Echo Bridge Office Park parking lot at 381 Elliot Street, Newton. 

Directions from Rt-9: Take Rt-9 toward Newton, exit at the first ramp after the I-95 interchange (to Chestnut Street), at end of ramp, turn right onto Ellis Street and go under Echo Bridge. Turn right at Chestnut Street, and at the traffic light, turn right onto Elliot Street. The office park lot is on your right, and please park at the far edge of the lot by the brick building along the river.

May 18, Saturday (9:00-10:15 a.m.) – Lower Falls

Take a walk through an historic part of Wellesley and enjoy scenic views along the river on the Charles River Path. Walk along the brick Waterway, the remnants of a proposed development in the 1890’s at Indian Springs Park. Follow the Crosstown Trail on the Cochituate Aqueduct that was built in 1848 to supply water to Boston. Take an optional short walk to the footbridge over the Charles at the Cordingly Dam. Meet at the River Street parking lot off Washington Street (free on weekends).

June 1, Saturday (9:00-10:00 a.m.) – Beard Trail

On National Trails Day walk the trail along Beard Way to discover the mansion at Ridge Hill Reservation in Needham. This land is the source of Fuller Brook, covers 350 acres from the Wellesley town line to the Charles River, and has miles of hiking trails. The reservation was part of the old Baker Estate, an extravagant amusement park created by William Baker in 1868. Meet at the map house located at Grove Street and Beard Way near the Needham town line. Parking is available on Beard Way.

September 28, Saturday (10:00-11:00 a.m.) – North Forty

View the vernal pool from the new boardwalk recently built by the Natural Resources Commission and Wellesley Conservation Council, and explore the trails in the North 40.  This easy and enjoyable walk will take trails adjacent to the Crosstown Trail along the Cochituate Aqueduct, through woodlands and a pine forest to the vernal pool and the community gardens.  Meet at the gate to the town beach, located at the end of Turner Road, 0.3 mile west of Weston Road. Please park on the wooded side of Turner Road.

October 5, Saturday (10:00-11:00 a.m.) – Carisbrooke Walk

Walk trails through Carisbrooke Reservation, a surprising wooded area with rocky outcrops on the Weston town line and a pond fed by Cold Stream Brook.  Also explore trails in the adjacent Weston conservation land. Meet at the trailhead on White Oak Road.  Take Cliff Road north from Washington Street for 1.0 mile (almost to the Weston town line) and turn right on White Oak Road.  Follow White Oak Road for 0.25 mile and look for a brown reservation sign on the left.  Please park on the opposite side of White Oak Road from the reservation sign.

November 3, Sunday (1:00-2:00 p.m.) – Guernsey Path

Walk along the Charles River to the historic Waban Arches built in 1876 to carry water to Boston and see the picturesque view of the Charles River from the top of the 50 foot arches.  Take an optional short walk through the Guernsey Sanctuary to Sabrina Lake, the 1870’s site of an amusement park.  Meet at the Guernsey parking area. Take Dover Road from Washington Street and follow for 0.7 mile. Turn right onto Livingston Road, which becomes Winding River Road, and follow for 0.9 mile.  Small parking area is on your left at the trail map house. For other cars, please park on the opposite side of Winding River Road from the parking area.

TRAILS PROJECT

June 8, Saturday (9:00 a.m.) – Susan Lee & Heyl Sanctuaries

Join us on a trail maintenance project in the Wellesley Conservation Council’s Susan Lee and Heyl Sanctuaries.  This project will involve brushing out the trails, clearing them of deadfall, and working on the treadways.  Bring gloves, sturdy footwear, water, and insect repellent.  Meet at Heyl Sanctuary trailhead.   Take Dover Road from Washington Street and follow for 0.7 mi. Turn right onto Livingston Road and follow for 0.4 mi.  Turn left onto Ridge Hill Farm Rd, and the trailhead is on your right.    Park on the right hand side of the road.  Please send email to trails@wellesleyma.gov to register for this project.

KIDS' TRAILS DAY

October 20, Sunday (1:30-3:00 p.m.) – Town Forest

Join us in celebrating fall and get your kids out into the woods to have fun and explore nature. Children will look for treasure boxes using letterboxing (written clues).  Refreshments served at the end of the activities. No registration is required and no fee is charged.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Longfellow Pond parking lot, located on the left side of Oakland Street 0.9 mile south of Route 9.  For additional parking, use Jackson Road across from the parking lot.