Neponset Greenway Trail

Neponset River Greenway, on the Boston and Milton shore of the Neponset River, is a miles-long, waterfront multi-use trail.

Explore the Neponset Watershed

Canoeing or kayaking There are lots of options for boating along the Neponset River, and in local ponds and lakes. Some of our favorite paddles include: Launching from Signal Hill in Canton and heading upstream or downstream Paul’s Bridge in Milton – heading upstream Neponset Estuary (best at mid to high tide), launching from Milton […]

No Sense Cutting WaterSense

Improving water efficiency is a front line defense of the Neponset and rivers across America, that saves ratepayers huge amounts of money.

Soft Open for Neponset Greenway

With little fanfare, the construction fences came down this past weekend, and the long awaited connection between Central Avenue and Mattapan Square was complete!

New Bridge Over the Greenway

On June 30, the “Harvest River Bridge”, designed to join the Mattapan portion of the Neponset Greenway to the Milton side, was installed over the Neponset River, although it won’t be open pedestrians and bicyclists for a few more months. This is the second of two bridges recently added to the Greenway, the first being […]

Quincy RiverWalk Map

The Quincy RiverWalk is a 2 mile-long public walkway along the Neponset River shore that officially opened on September 30, 2014.  Click here to read about the history of the project. Click on map for larger view and printable file.  

21 Years in the Making, A New Park for Canton

After years of waiting, the Farnham-Connolly State Park (AKA the Canton Airport) is finally open, offering access to a lovely six acre passive use park off Neponset Street in Canton, and 232 acres of beautiful freshwater marshes and wetland habitats along the Neponset River.

Neponset Watershed Map

The Watershed includes parts of 14 cities and towns: Boston (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester), Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole and Westwood. Click on map for larger view.  

Recreation

Scenic parks and waterways are just waiting to be explored in the Neponset River Watershed

Publications

Neponset River Watershed Association publishes several publications, each year. From reports to newsletters, letters, and the Annual Report.

Neponset River Reservation & Estuary

  The Neponset River Reservation runs alongside the Neponset Estuary – from the river’s mouth between Squantum Point in Quincy and the colorful gas tank in Dorchester, and upstream along the freshwater section of the river, to the Fowl Meadow (view a map). From tidal marshes and creeks, to freshwater river surrounded by buildings, roads, woods, […]

Natural History

From wooded hills to sedge-filled wet meadows, from the briny estuary to freshwater streams, from salt marshes to rock outcroppings, the Neponset River Watershed is rich with nature. Our watershed is made up of a striking array of landscapes, habitats and species – despite 10,000 years of human habitation and over 375 years of industrialization.  […]

Quincy RiverWalk

The Quincy RiverWalk is a 2 mile-long public walkway along the Neponset River shore that officially opened on September 30, 2014.  The Watershed Association and other Greenway advocates worked together for almost 10 years to create this public trail along the Quincy shore of the Neponset River. The upstream terminus of the Quincy RiverWalk is […]

Fowl Meadow

The Fowl Meadow is a large tract of wetland which meanders 7.2 miles through Norwood, Canton, Westwood, Dedham, Milton, Sharon and Hyde Park. The Fowl Meadow almost was paved over in 1967 when the state proposed to extend Interstate 95, an eight-lane highway, all the way into Boston instead of ending at Route 128 (as […]

Land Protection

Areas of undeveloped land are key to maintaining the health and function of the Neponset River Watershed, its biodiversity, community character, public recreation opportunities, and public well-being, and we advocate for the acquisition, protection, and public access of these lands. Click here to learn how we are expanding public access to the Watershed.   Over […]

Forbes Woods

  Forbes Woods is the 35+ acres of mature woods made up of six separate parcels that sit behind the marsh on the Milton side of the Estuary. It is visible from the expressway as you drive south past the Granite Ave exit. The woods are home to two state champion trees: the largest black […]

Inhabitants of the Watershed

Mammals Muskrats build homes in Neponset ponds and wetlands and in the banks of streams and the river. They live along waterways rich in plant life – on which they feed (they also will feed on small fish, clams, snails and turtles). North American river otters build dens in riverbanks and swim through ponds, rivers, […]