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


On Land

Some of our favorite trails and parks include:

  • Neponset Greenway Trail
    • The Neponset Greenway Trail is a miles-long, multi-use trail that runs along the Neponset River, from Mattapan to Port Norfolk in Dorchester. This flat, paved trail is off-road, and is perfect for families and all abilities.
  • Quincy RiverWalk
    • The Quincy RiverWalk is a 2-mile-long public walkway along the Neponset River and Commander Shea Boulevard, beginning at the Adams Inn Gazebo and running to DCR Squantum Point. The trail is a combination of paved path/road and crushed stone.
  • Blue Hills Reservation
    • Miles of trails for all ages and abilities. Check out the Blue Hills Ski Area in the winter!

The Neponset Watershed towns contain acres of parks and trails for all abilities:

On Water

There are lots of options for boating, swimming, and fishing along the Neponset River, and in local ponds and lakes.  Some of our favorite locations 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 Landing or DCR Neponset Park in Dorchester
  • Lake Massapoag in Sharon – great for sailing as well a FREE Neponset River Paddler’s Guide

Explore the Neponset River, from Fowl Meadow to the Neponset Estuary!

For a more detailed view of the River, including launch sites and points of interest, we offer a Neponset River Paddler’s Guide for just $5 (free for members).

  • The 8″x23″ fold-able paddler’s guide is divided into 4 sections: Fowl Meadow, Lower Neponset, Neponset Estuary, Major Lakes, and Ponds.
  • The guide shows launches, suggested routes, and points of interest, and is printed on waterproof paper for many years of use.

Just send a quick email to to request your copy. Your paddler’s guide will be delivered via US mail. Call 781-575-0354 x324 if you have any questions.

Paddler’s guide sponsored by Dedham Savings Bank.


If you fish in freshwater and eat your catch, it’s important to keep up to date on the Freshwater Fish Consumption Advisory List, published by the MA Department of Health. Decide whether to eat your catch based on the pollutants in the fish.