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Explore the Charles with The Trustees as your guide on these weekend outings.
Charles River Peninsula, Needham
Wander through a former crop field that has been restored as grassland habitat – and is surrounded on three sides by the river. Visit this unique riverscape as a pedestrian or paddler from a nearby state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) parking lot/boat launch.
Peters Reservation, Dover
A family’s longtime private enclave, this almost-hundred-acre river retreat features more than two miles of trails. The scenic property, which boasts a half-mile of frontage on the Charles, includes a small parking lot and a canoe/kayak landing (life vests mandatory, Sept. 15-May 15).
Rocky Narrows, Sherborn
Named for the high cliffs that rise above a narrow bend on the river, the reservation offers both pedestrian and boat access. The extensive trail system, which includes spurs to a pair of dramatic river overlooks, also allows visitors to explore the adjacent Sherborn Town Forest.
Shattuck Reservation, Medfield
Bounded on the west and north by the Charles, this mix of forested upland and wet meadow is marked by a pair of trails leading to the river – and great views. Stone walls lacing the property indicate its farming past. Paddlers may visit the reservation, but must launch from off-site.
The former Baker farm includes a network of trails and cart paths that leads through former pastures and up wooded hillsides. The property’s greatest feature is its mile of frontage along the river. Paddlers can approach from a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers launch, located just downstream.