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Boston: Harborwalk Map

Boston: Harborwalk Map

Bostonians have always had a love-hate relationship with Boston Harbor and the waterfront. We alternately embrace it and shun it; thrive on its wealth and beauty and then pollute and isolate it. But the bond remains.

Over the past 30 years we’ve started to better appreciate the treasure in our backyard. the wharves are being reborn to lure people back, along with the allure of the aquarium, restaurants, housing, and hotels. The Harbor Islands, forgotten treasures, have been rediscovered. In the past ten years pollution has been cut to a fraction of its former levels. And of course the Central Artery has been replaced with parkland, re-knitting the city and the waterfront. To see it all, there’s the Harborwalk, hugging the water’s edge along much of the waterfront, offering views of the harbor up close.

Click for “WalkBoston’s Harborwalk Map” on Google Maps

The Neponset River and Ashmont Hill Walking Map

The Neponset River and Ashmont Hill Walking Map

A quiet river flows through a widening estuary to Boston Harbor, past riverfront communities and a public beach. This river–the Neponset–is a little-known sister of the larger Charles River. The two rivers could not be more different. Where the Charles is the focus of downtown and the universities, the Neponset flows past old chocolate mills and historic residential areas through one of the last remaining salt marshes and wildlife sanctuaries at the edge of Boston Harbor.

Along the river the Lower Neponset River Trail, a new 2.5-mile pathway built by the Metropolitan District Commission, follows the route of the former Dorchester & Milton Branch Railroad. This trail is reachable by quaint and colorful 1950s-era trolleys that take passengers from Ashmont Station to the beginning of the path as Central Avenue in Milton. From here, the paved footway follows the river past warehouses, mill flats, and a gradually expanding tidal estuary with tall saltwater-washed grasses.

Click for TheĀ Neponset River and Ashmont Hill Walking Map


Click for TheĀ Neponset River and Ashmont Hill Walking Map on Google Maps