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

Coronavirus impact: as of March 24, 2020, many parks and trails have been closed to the public. Please observe the current guidelines from the Commonwealth of MA. Stay tuned for updates.

On Land

Some of our favorite trails and parks include:

  • Neponset Greenway Trail
    • A 5.2 mile asphalt rail-trail from Neponset Vally Parkway in 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 shore from Squantum Point to the Adam’s Inn.

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

On Water

Some of our favorite locations for boating, swimming, and fishing 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!

We are pleased to offer the Neponset River Paddler’s Guide to help you explore Boston’s “Hidden River”, free of charge.

  • 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 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.