Explore the most popular hiking trails near Needham with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
1 month ago

4.5 stars, just because I don’t know what a 5 would be. Lots of subsidiaries. As challenging as you’d like to make it.

I was unable to do this trail because I didn’t understand the parking.... there is not a designated parking area, you just park in front of peoples houses. Not really a marked trail opening. With no other cars around, I felt weird just parking and walking down a random trail. I would like to find where people are parking to experience the trail.

4 months ago

Enjoyable and relaxing for a myriad of activities. Very beautiful

April 14th 2018: Circled the marsh and ponds, sat by highway edge. Bridges and interesting features. Trees just budding.

Walk it with my baby daughter! Love to search for crickets on the walking bridge! Also love to stand on the middle of the bridge on a windy day and watch the swamp growth wave in the breeze!

Went for a trail run here today, what a terrific property. Plenty of parking and plenty of space for hiking and trail running. Even nice for a picnic as I noticed a bunch of tables up by the house.

Fun and interesting, a lake, the river, boardwalks, pretty views. Lots to see

trail running
10 months ago

Parked at Kendrick Street parking area then headed south around the Pond. Continued on Blue Heron Trail over to Powell's Island then south again under train tracks to south end of property. Returned via the island then over to the western side of the Blue Heron Trail (which is kind of close to Rt 128). As per the Mass DCR: This 600-acre park protects the largest freshwater marsh on the middle Charles River. This park is a great spot for birdwatchers, and it also features eskers, or riverbeds formed inside a glacier; drumlins, long hills formed by glaciers; and Kendrick pond.

Friday, October 20, 2017

A lot of fun paths to stroll with kids or a dog. You’re never too far from civilization or cell signal, so you can go without a map and take any turn you want for as long as you want and still get out of the forest in 15 minutes or less.

There are some fantastic miniature worlds created by kids/families that are built into and around trees and small boulders. It’s awesome.

mountain biking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

or go to our channel at: SeeScottandKatieTravel

Compilation of our GoPro footage in the link above. This is a nice easy trail, but still a fun ride without being boring. Trails are mainly packed dirt- not much sand/gravel/woodchips. Fun ramp close to the start of the trail, but you can easily go around it. Some obstacles, and some larger root heavy sections. Fun long boardwalk about 1/3 of the way through.

Friday, October 06, 2017

good hike. no signboard/map at entrance. lots of mountain bikers.

trail running
Friday, September 29, 2017

Nice property but very rocky and full of tree roots too...be careful. The large ledge is impressive as is the miniature railroad track thing. Very cool. Farley Pond was dry but there was a cute deer in there. Very nice property but lots of rocks, I'm lucky I didn't trip and fall.

Monday, September 25, 2017

5 entrances from High Rock. Feeders off trail make navigation off sometimes. Found mini trail lines and evidence of tini tini town!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Only 20 min from the city this is a great trail. Beautiful landscapes.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Great trails. Can loop different trails for different distances. A portion runs along side the highway. That was interesting. Then it ducked back into the woods. Found myself alone out there. Lots of miles to explore.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Way too overgrown on the Boardwalk out in the Blue Heron Trail. Lots of poison ivy, stay on the trail.
The bugs were relentless.
The Healthy Heart Trail is great. Just do that twice, around the same distance.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Had a very enjoyable hike today. High Rock is a cool spot for views and easy bouldering (you'll find this at the beginning of the hike if you start on High Rock Road). The loop suggested here is very close to the suburbs, if you are looking for a place to be alone in the woods I would suggest taking some of the lesser trails through the middle of the forest. Not all of these are on the map and they aren't well marked. If you have no where to be and like exploring, these are for you. Record your track so you know where you are in proximity to the main trails. If you are looking for an easy hike rather than an adventure, stay on the main loop. The loop is a 6 foot wide dirt road. The main trails and the loop are also marked with colored disks on the trees. Overall I liked this area and I would come back.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Did not like this area at all. Very buggy,use bug spray. None of the trails are very clearly marked and instead I needed to use my cellphone with AllTrails app open in order to figure out where I was pretty much 100% of the time. No elevation, it's essentially a flat hike from what I found. I saw like 1 person and I was there for 2 hours so not a popular place. Entire area is completely wooded.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Nice. Very easy walk, no big up/down hills. Esp good when sunny around 60 F

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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

Friday, September 09, 2016

For exercise I want to give it 4 but for markings on trail I have to say 2.5 hence 3 stars. Many markers have no color. If you are looking for an easy trail with some moderate thrown in and enjoy a pinch of adventure then this trail is for you. I ended at End of Trail/Live Rail Lines begin sign.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Easy trail with lots of mountain bikers.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Start at the Dover end of the trail and it's pretty nice up to the river. Gets boring after that (mostly just a view of backyards).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Super convenient as it is across the street from my house. Great local spot for a walk.

It is not somewhere you go to be alone with nature, can hear cars and see homes on the trails which largely hug the periphery of the forest.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This is a great place to ride if you love organic riding.. lots of root and rock gardens... everywhere!! Fun for all skill levels but most terrain is better suited for intermediate (or better) skill level riders. I enjoy riding here because it's a constant technical challenge but I do wish there were longer/more downhill runs in the network of trails...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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.

Monday, October 14, 2013

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

Saturday, August 24, 2013

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.

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