Elm Bank Reservation

Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482

Elm Bank Reservation

Elm Bank Reservation Professional Guide

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"Located in an area that has maintained a charmingly rural character despite its proximity to Boston, Elm Bank’s well-tended 182 acres offer miles of hiking both along the wooded banks of the Charles River and over landscaped grounds.

This is more of a walk than a hike. The trail follows a gentle path through stately forest and along the banks of the Charles River. Starting at the parking lot located beside the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, follow the paved road northwest. Much of the grounds of the Elm Bank estate are wheelchair traversable; however, depending on condition, several sections of the hike described are not."

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Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jenna Ringelheim
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"Elm Bank Reservation consists of 182 acres of woodlands, fields, and an old estate. The property is surrounded on three sides by the Charles River and provides a home for a variety of wildlife, including deer, which you might spot in the upland habitat near the river. Like the deer, your dog will greatly enjoy the northern section of the property, where numerous trails weave through the woods and along the river."

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This is such a beautiful area with walking trails right by the Charles River and large soccer fields (if you like soccer venues, this is really cool). It is also a lovely facility for rent for events and, of course, the gardens are naturally stunning in season. In June there are beautiful Lady Slippers, my favorite! The pretty, hilly landscape and the trails in the wooded area, designated with names like “Meander,” “Marsh” and “Horseshoe” are a respite for weary souls seeking solace, beauty, fresh air, and tranquility. The gardens are indeed wonderful but don't miss the paths in the woods along the Charles River. Great views of the Charles, lots of birds, and friendly dogs make this a favorite spot for me to stroll around, enjoy the peace, savoring nature. Yes, dogs are allowed here (mine love it), but not in the cultivated gardens. The flowers are fantastic in the spring, canoeing is great in the summer, walking in the woods in the fall is sublime. If you are into winter sports activities, there are also a couple of good sledding hills that make this place delightful even in winter.

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Trail Information

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Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Resources, mass.gov/locations/elm-bank-reservation 617-626-1250
Local Contacts
Posted at the entrance or at tinyurl.com/elmbankmap
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