The Town of Dedham, for being located in an urban area, contains significant natural and recreational resources. Dedham is home to several state parks managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), as well as properties owned by the Dedham Land Trust, and NewBridge on the Charles, all of which are open to the public. These natural areas offer miles of hiking trails, bird watching, and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Dedham’s history is visible in many of these parks through the remnants of stonewalls and pasture land. In upper Dedham there is a network of marked trails that lead you from the Town’s Dolan Recreation Center on Common Street to Whitcomb Woods, where you can choose to either cross Common Street to DCR’s Wilson Mountain or continue on to NewBridge on the Charles trails. In East Dedham there is a trail network that leads you from Mill Pond Park on Colburn Street along Mother Brook. Dedham is continuously working to make connections between its open spaces and expand its network of trails.
Dedham Trails Updates
- Dedham Trails Day Set for Saturday, June 18th!! - Join us to celebrate our town’s land and water trails at Dedham Trails Day, Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10am-1pm at the Dolan Recreation Center, 269 Common Street. The event will feature a 5K Trail Run/Walk, Biathlon, free demos by L.L. Bean of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), as well as free food, kids activities and much more!
Dedham Heritage Rail Trail - Have you heard of the new initiative to convert the abandoned railway running from Dedham Square to Readville Yard into a 1.5 mile linear park? The Friends of the Dedham Heritage Rail Trail have created a new website with more information on the project and how you can get involved. Visit www.dedhamrailtrail.org.
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