Blue Heron Trail

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Blue Heron Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Needham, MA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.4 miles 329 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

10 mile loop. Marshes, boardwalks, cattails, birds, deer, woods, 'nuff said! The Blue Heron Trail is a 10 mile loop. Park at the Kendrick Street lot or at Millenium Park. Some of the 'trail' is on the road to complete the loop, and at times it takes some patience to pick up the Blue Heron signs when it weaves in and out of corporate parking lots. Regardless, the majority of the trail is in marshes or wooded areas, and over the course of the 10 miles the terrain changes often enough to keep things interesting! I startled lots of birds, squirrels, and even a deer when doing a trail run on a Wednesday morning. Aside from the Kendrick Street area or sidewalks, I only passed a couple of mountain bikers on the whole thing. Parts of this trail must not get much use judging by the plants that were starting to encroach... I didn't notice any water on the trail so make sure to pack your own!

6 hours ago

1 month ago

2 months ago

grew up on this trail... inspired my A.T. thru hike

3 months ago

Easy trail with lots of mountain bikers.

5 months ago

walking
9 months ago

Currently a little muddy with the melted snow and warm weather.

snowshoeing
10 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Followed the Blue Heron trail. Turned after 2.3 miles for a total of 4.6 miles. Very easy walk with very little elevation. Easy jaunt through the woods. Close to highway.

hiking
2 years ago

This is a pretty great trail to do when you're out of ideas and don't want to drive far; in the winter (just the pond section), or when the weather is super-nice and flowers are blooming/leaves are turning. You can do a short "Healthy Heart" loop around the pond, or you can do a much longer loop around the river. The west bank is a much nicer trail and features a scenic swamp crossing. Many mountain bikers use this trail, so beware!

If you want to do a 6-mile loop, there is an unofficial shortcut across the river using the commuter rail bridge. If you stay on the Blue Heron trail and reach the tunnel under the tracks, take a left and follow the tracks and powerlines for a bit, there will be more swampland to your right. Eventually, you'll reach the river and you'll have to cross the tracks and go downhill through a giant hole in a wire fence (which is probably frowned upon) - that puts you into Newton's Millennium Park. From here you can continue the trail, but it's nothing great - eventually it dumps you into some office parking lots and it's hard to pick it up at times, as the blue heron marks on the pavement have faded with time.

walking
3 years ago

I have been going to cutler for years and I think it is amazing for suburbia. great for kids and at certain seasons breadthtaking.

hiking
3 years ago

This was a nice walk with some nice views but nothing really to write home about. I did see lots of families which made sense as it was a very easy trail. Also I didn't have too much trouble with bugs but there are spots of still water next to the trail so I assume at dusk this place would be very buggy. I don't think I'll be returning in a hurry, but it was an alright way to spend an hour or so.

hiking
3 years ago

Waste of time. Buggy, muddy, no views. Boring!!!

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

This is a nice place for a good walk the woods are very buggy but some nice views make it worth the hike

mountain biking
3 years ago

Nice trail to mountain biking. Quite a few people on the trail near parking lot but they thin out as you go in further. Trails along north edge of the river are much more rooted and rough riding, in addition to requiring numerous excursions between trail and paved surfaces.