Chestnut Hill Reservoir Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 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.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 42 feet Route Type: Loop

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1.5 loop around Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Nice views of Boston College and of Boston skyline

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2 months ago

beautiful scenery beautiful hike beautiful women

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6 months ago

Chestnut Hill Reservoir is located at Cleveland Circle near Boston College, a busy intersection filled with student apartments, restaurants, and shops. The reservoir is an oasis in this crowded area. The DCR operates a skating rink, a pool, and maintains a trail around the reservoir. There is plenty of parking along Beacon Street on one side of the reservoir. Across Beacon Street, there is also a museum - "Water Works" - which is associated with the history of the reservoir. The trail is gravel packed, flat, and about 1.5 miles. It's very pleasant to walk around the reservoir, even on a cold day with flurries. There are always many joggers and Moms with strollers on the trail. There are islands in the reservoir and swans, ducks, and geese swim freely. We stopped by the museum "Water Works". This museum is free (suggested donations). It houses three enormous engines that used to pump the water from the reservoir to supply the City of Boston in the 19th century. We took an excellent 1/2-hour tour to see these engines, and learned about the history and steam engine technology. These engines worked well into the 20th century, until the aqueduct technology improved sufficiently such that Boston can source the water directly from Quabbin Reservoir without pumping. The tour was actually very good, and the museum also has an upstairs viewing area where the kids can play. We visited and reviewed all the state parks in MA. For photos and reviews (including kids reviews), follow us at http://mastateparks.travel.blog

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7 months ago

great trail, no elevation, easy

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11 months ago

A great daily exerciser!!! No hills though.

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Sun Nov 11 2018

Quick loop around the pond. Looks like the Eagles are getting ready for Clemson. Gonna be a good one! Well, the game is over now, it's Sunday today. They lost...bummer when your QB goes down on, like, the first play of the game. That fat Tiger boy should have been ejected for that. At any rate this is a nice loop, look for the Blue Heron on the back side, by the cemetery. Oh, almost forgot, I parked over near the rez pump house which is inactive now but an awesome (haunted) museum today. Check out the ghosts in one of my posted pix, that was an interesting encounter.

Sat Sep 29 2018

I love this trail, but it can get very busy. finding dogs off leash is common if that's a concern for you. the biggest problem are the Canada geese that damage the trail.

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Sat Jul 14 2018

Fairly flat walk around Chestnut Hill Reservoir with occasional views of nearby buildings.

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Sun Feb 05 2017

Nice wide trail with great views

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Thu Oct 20 2016

The colors were beautiful in the fall. It was an easy walk and run.

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Sun Apr 17 2016

Great flat trail, dog friendly, beautiful surroundings, accessible by public transportation through green lines B, C and D.

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