Maps, Guides & Descriptions
Trail Notice: The following trail sections are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Guernsey Path: Trail is closed through Wellesley College campus and Nehoiden Golf Course.
Sudbury Path: Trail is closed through Wellesley College Cheever House from the aqueduct to Washington Street.
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Trails Network Maps and Guides
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Woodland Trail Maps and Guides
Beard Trail (1.1 miles, purple arrows)Follow a woodland trail through Ridge Hill Reservation along the Needham border. The start of this trail is at Beard Way off Grove Street at the Needham town line. The trail goes along an easement paralleling Beard Way and enters Ridge Hill Reservation in Needham. It continues to the gas pipeline, immediately turns left, and reenters the woods following a path to Cartwright Road. The trail then runs along Cartwright Road and ends at Beebe Meadow.
Boulder Brook Reservation Trail (1.6 mile loop, purple arrows, elevation gain 140 feet)
Brook Path (2.4 miles, pink arrows)A pleasant walk on an ADA-compliant, stone-dust path along the Fuller and Caroline Brooks through Fuller Brook Park. This trail parallels Washington Street from Dover Road to Wellesley Hills but avoids the congestion and traffic of the downtown area. The trail starts at Dover Road across from the Nehoiden Golf Course and follows Fuller Brook past the Hunnewell School to the State Street parking lot adjacent to the Wellesley High School stadium. It goes through Hunnewell Fields to Rice St, along the Paine Street sidewalk, then to boardwalks crossing the Caroline Brook and wetlands. It continues along the Caroline Brook to Phillip Park and ends at the Washington Street and Maugus Avenue map house across from Elm Park. A short leg along Washington Street connects the trail to the Crosstown Trail at Cliff Road.
Carisbrooke Reservation Trail (.5 mile loop, purple arrows)Explore the rocky outcrops near the source of Cold Stream Brook. The start of this loop trail is at the end of Glen Brook Road, which is off Glen Road at the Weston town line. From the map house, the trail starts to the left, and goes past granite benches along Covati Pond. The trail crosses a footbridge over the Wellesley branch of the brook, loops around to the most western part of the reservation, crosses over the Weston branch of the brook and returns to the map house.
Centennial Reservation (1.7 mile loop, purple arrows, elevation gain 200 feet)
Charles River Path (3.5 miles, red arrows)
Town Forest Map & Guide (PDF) - Southern section of trailExplore the banks of the Charles River and climb eskers in the Town Forest. The trail starts off the Crosstown Trail at Indian Springs Park, goes along The Waterway and roads to the Charles River and follows the river along Boulevard Road in Lower Falls. It goes in back of the Waterstone complex to Washington Street and then follows Washington Street into Newton to the Mary Hunnewell Fyffe Footbridge at the Cordingly Dam. It crosses over the footbridge back into Wellesley, and snakes along the Charles River and I-95/Route-128 to Ouellet Park. It runs along Cedar Street, enters the Town Forest off Route-9 and proceeds over an esker to Longfellow Pond. It then crosses Oakland Street and climbs steep eskers along Rosemary Brook, ending at the Sudbury Aqueduct.
Crosstown Trail (6.2 miles, green arrows)
Morses Pond Map & Guide (PDF) - Western section of trailA trail that takes you on a journey across Wellesley following the Cochituate Aqueduct. The Crosstown Trail starts at the town line where the Natick Cochituate Aqueduct Trail enters Wellesley. After crossing Overbrook Drive, cross Route 9 by going left to the Lexington Road traffic light, then right on the sidewalk. Left onto Dale St. and right onto driveway to the pump station. Go up steps in back of the building where it reconnects with the Cochituate Aqueduct bordering Morses Pond. The trail goes past Pickle and Pine Points and through the North 40 to the intersection at Linden Street and Weston Road. The trail then runs along Linden Street and Crest Road to Post Office Square, goes behind Town Hall to the Duck Pond and Morton Park, and then along Washington and State Streets to the Wellesley High School stadium parking lot. It continues along the Cochituate Aqueduct across Hunnewell Fields to Forest Street, then proceeds along Washington Street to Cliff Road, under Route 9 and follows roads to Woodlawn Avenue, where it rejoins the Cochituate Aqueduct. The trail continues along the aqueduct past Indian Springs Park and the Warren Building to Walnut Street. It then runs along Walnut Street to Cedar Street, rejoins the aqueduct, and ends at the intersection with the Charles River Path.
Guernsey Path (2.2 miles, orange arrows)Wander along the Charles River, see the Waban Arches, a historic landmark dating back to 1876, and walk through Wellesley College. The start of this trail is at the parking area along Winding River Road at the Needham border. The trail follows a sewer easement past the Guernsey and Susan Lee Memorial Sanctuaries to the Charles River. It then continues along the river, past Elm Bank across the river, under the Waban Arches, and along the Nehoiden Golf Course driveway (yield to golfers on the course) to Dover Road. It follows Dover Road to Washington Street, enters Wellesley College, and exits the campus at Weston Road and Central Street. The trail follows Weston Road across the railroad bridge and ends at the Crosstown Trail on Linden Street.
Esker Trail (0.8 mile loop, purple arrows)
Longfellow Pond Trail (0.8 mile loop, purple arrows)
Morses Pond Trail (1.2 mile loop, purple arrows)
North 40 Trail (1.0 miles, purple arrows)
Rockridge Pond Trail (0.4 miles, purple arrows)Take a short, scenic trail along the shore of this picturesque pond. The trail starts at the parking area off Hundreds Circle. Facing the pond, the trail to the right runs along the pond to Cliff Road, and the trail to the left goes over the dam and ends at Rockridge Road.
Sudbury Path (4.6 miles, blue arrows)Follow the Sudbury Aqueduct from Needham to Wellesley College with less than a mile of on-road walking. This trail starts where the Sudbury Aqueduct crosses Hunnewell Street at the Needham town line. The trail follows the aqueduct past the Town Forest and joins Wellesley Avenue at the Wellesley Country Club. At the intersection of Forest Street and Wellesley Avenue the trail enters the Babson College Campus, meanders through the campus and joins a woodland path behind the Center for Executive Education. It then goes behind the Babson Sports Center to Olin College and follows the pipeline to a trail into the woods that leads back to the aqueduct. After crossing Great Plain Avenue, the trail runs along the aqueduct past the town RDF and continues to Beebe Meadows. It then goes along Benvenue Street where it rejoins the Sudbury Aqueduct just before Dover Road. The trail crosses the historic Waban Arches and ends at the Wellesley Centers for Women - Cheever House on Washington Street.
WCLT Guernsey Sanctuary Trail (0.6 mile loop, purple arrows)Walk along a woodland trail to Sabrina Lake, once part of William Baker's 1871 amusement park. Start at the entrance to the sanctuary, owned by the Wellesley Conservation Land Trust (WCLT), off the Guernsey Path near the parking area along Winding River Road. After crossing a small footbridge, a loop trail begins. Take the trail to the right. The trail runs along the sanctuary boundary in Needham to the lake, goes along the earthen dam back into Wellesley, and continues past a vernal pond to the loop starting point.
Wellesley Grand Tour (10.8 mile loop, various arrows)