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Walking Trails in Newton
At present it is illegal to allow your dog off-leash in any park or open space in Newton. However, there are many lovely places in Newton where people walk their dogs.
Walking Trails in Newton’s Park and Conservation Lands, a handy trail guide to the conservation and open space recreation opportunities in Newton is now available from the Newton Conservators. This book is a 56-page guide containing detailed trail maps of 27 parks and conservation areas in Newton, featuring parks, ponds, gardens, trails, canoe launches, nature guides, rock climbing, scenic views, handicapped access, geological features, and bird watching areas. The guide also contains photos, driving directions, interesting historical details, and an overall map of showing the locations of the 27 natural areas. It is priced at $7.95 (free with membership in the Conservators) and is available directly from the Newton Conservators, www.newtonconservators.org/buyaguide.htm, at the New England Mobile Book Fair and at Newtonville Books. It fits nicely in your back pocket and will be a terrific companion to introducing you to places in Newton you never knew existed.
WALKING TRAILS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
Many surrounding communities allow dogs off-leash in parks and open spaces. The following is a list of places where it is legal to play off-leash with your dog. Please let us know if there are additional parks you enjoy that should be added to this list.
The largest of these parks is Larz Anderson Park, located at 25 Newton Street on the South east end of the town. This 64 acre estate, bounded by Newton Street, Avon Street and Goddard Avenue, is open to dogs off-leash from Dawn to 1:00 p.m., April through November and Dawn to Dusk, December through March. For more information visit http://www.townofbrooklinemass.com/recreation/LarzAnderson.html.
Dog are allowed off-leash at the Fresh Pond Reservation, located in Northwest Cambridge and bounded by Fresh Pond Parkway, Concord Ave, Blanchard Ave, Grove St. and Huron Ave. Fresh Pond Reservation consists of the155 acre kettle-hole lake called Fresh Pond and 162 acres of surrounding land with a 2.25 mile walking loop around the pond. The Pond is part of the reservoir system for the City of Cambridge. For more information visit www.cambridgema.gov/CWD/wat_fp_geninfo.cfm
Dogs are allowed off-leash in the Callahan State Park, located at Millwood Road. Over 800 acres of wooded trails and open fields. a pond with a beach-type area where dogs play and swim. For more information visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/call.htm
Dogs are allowed off-leash in all parks and open spaces in Lincoln as long as dogs are under voice control. Beware that many paths are shared with horses and a barking dog startled by a large horse can cause a dangerous situation. Two of the most common parks in Lincoln are Mount Misery on route 117 just west of the intersection with route 126, and Cat Rock Park , 130 acres off Drabbington Way, a dead end street off Route 117. For a full description of Cat Rock Park and map visit geocities.com/amcwalks/elmerchapt1.html. A map of walking trails in Lincoln is available for $5 from the Lincoln Conservation Department, Town Office Building , 16 Lincoln Road, 781-259-2612.
Dogs are allowed off-leash in all parks and open spaces in Wellesley, but they enforce a two dog maximum per person. One favorite area is Centennial Park , 42 acres of woodland and fields on Oakland Street. Take Rt. 9 eastbound, turn right onto Oakland Street at the turn for Mass Bay Community College. Proceed past the college, go about one half mile down the hill, and the park is on the right with a clearly marked wooden sign.
Weston Dogs are allowed off-leash in all parks and open spaces in Weston as long as they are under voice control. One common dog walking spot is the Weston Reservoir located on Ash Street off route 30. It is a two-mile walk around the reservoir (which is fenced, so there is no access to water). Another lovely walk, with access to water, is Cat Rock Park. It's very easy to
find, turn right on Drabington off Rt. 117 just west of
Waltham. A map of Weston Forest & Trails is available for $10.00 from the Conservation Office at the Weston Town Hall 781-893-7320 X322.