Neponset River and Ashmont Hill, Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

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A quiet river flows through a widening estuary to Boston Harbor, past riverfront communities and a public beach. This river—the Neponset—is a little-known sister of the larger Charles River. The two rivers could not be more different. Where the Charles is the focus of downtown and the universities, the Neponset flows past old chocolate mills and historic residential areas through one of the last remaining salt marshes and wildlife sanctuaries at the edge of Boston Harbor. Along the river the Lower Neponset River Trail, a new 2.5-mile pathway built by the Metropolitan District Commission, follows the route of the former Dorchester & Milton Branch Railroad. Parts of the path are secluded—and the trail closes at dusk—so take a friend along and enjoy your walk in the daylight hours. Before you begin you may want to review the options for a return walk to help plan your visit.
Walk Boston

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Walk Boston

by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A quiet river flows through a widening estuary to Boston Harbor, past riverfront communities and a public beach. This river—the Neponset—is a little-known sister of the larger Charles River. The two rivers could not be more different. Where the Charles is the focus of downtown and the universities, the Neponset flows past old chocolate mills and historic residential areas through one of the last remaining salt marshes and wildlife sanctuaries at the edge of Boston Harbor.

Along the river the Lower Neponset River Trail, a new 2.5-mile pathway built by the Metropolitan District Commission, follows the route of the former Dorchester & Milton Branch Railroad. Parts of the path are secluded—and the trail closes at dusk—so take a friend along and enjoy your walk in the daylight hours. Before you begin you may want to review the options for a return walk to help plan your visit.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Boston
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 - 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Neponset River and Ashmont Hill, Boston

Recent Trail Reviews

5/25/2009
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Simple trail on concrete with some decent river views. A little too simple. Great parks to play.



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