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Charles River Peninsula
metro-west Needham, MA
30 acres

Surrounded on three sides by the river, this restored grassland field is accessible by either foot or boat.

What makes Charles River a special place?
Where the Charles River makes a nearly 180-degree twist in the valley, a wooded shoreline of birch, hemlock, and beech conceals an upland peninsula that rises gently to a 20-acre open field, which was farmed for more than a century.

A narrow footpath tracks the river along the reservation’s shoreline, while the field’s highest point offers views of the Charles River. An old wooden railroad trestle is visible at the western end of the Reservation.

Charles River Peninsula plays an important role in protecting the beauty and environmental value of the upper Charles River corridor.

Trails
Footpaths follow the edges of the upland field and trails pass through a part of the wooded shoreline. Easy walking.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1/2 hour.

Facilities
State Department of Conservation and Recreation boat launch adjacent to parking lot. The reservation has two boat landings.

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