Dedham Water Trail Receives National Recreation Trail Designation

July 21, 2014 - The Town of Dedham announced that the Dedham Water Trail has been designated a National Recreational Trail by the United States Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewel. National Recreational Trails are part of a national system of trails and greenways on water and over land combining nature, wildlife, outdoor activity and history.

“Trails are a vital part of our community; they encourage stewardship of our environment and connect people with the nature and each other, said Virginia LeClair, Dedham’s Environmental Coordinator. “We are very proud that the Dedham Water Trail has received this national recognition and honored to be included in America’s national system of trails. We invite you to visit and explore Dedham’s beautiful trail network both on land and on the Charles River.”
Dedham Trails was founded in 2010 to help create better access to our valuable natural resources and connect people with nature. Dedham’s Trails includes the Water Trail and the land trail system that is both publicly and privately owned. The trail system comprises the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Wilson Mountain, Whitcomb Woods and Cutler Park, Dedham’s Town Forest and the trail system on the NewBridge on the Charles campus. The trail system has recently been expanded to include the Town’s recreation hub, the Dolan Center, which now connects this complex with Whitcomb Woods, Wilson Mountain and NewBridge on the Charles.
In 2013 the Dedham Water Trail canoe and kayak launch was completed at the Dolan Center. The Dedham Water Trail is a continuous loop of the Charles River supported by a trail map and markers along the shore indicating locations of natural and historical significance.

This designation puts the Dedham Water Trail among exemplary trails in the U.S. and will be featured on the National Recreational Trails website Information on the Dedham Trails system is available at or follow us on Twitter at Dedham Trails.

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