Subway

The Charles River

 
How to Get Here:

The following public transit stops will get you close to the lower part of the Charles River watershed:

​By T​

  • MBTA – Red Line

    • Charles/MGH

    • Kendall/MIT

    • Science Park

    • Harvard

  • MBTA – Green Line

    • Hynes Convention Center

    • Kenmore

    • Blandford Street

    • BU East

    • BU Central

    • BU West

By Bus

  • 1: Massachusetts Ave @ Beacon St; 77 Massachusetts Ave; Massachusetts Ave @ Bow St; Massachusetts Ave @ Holyoke St​​

  • 59: Watertown Sq Terminal; Watertown St @ Galen St; Needham St @ Oak St; 156 Oak St; Chestnut St @ Elliot St; Central Ave @ Reservoir St

  • 66: N Harvard St; JFK St @ Eliot St​​

  • 70: many stops along the 70 route will get you close to the Charles River​​

  • 86: Market St @ Lothrop St; Western Ave @ Mackin St; N Harvard St; 16 Eliot St;

  • Handicapped accessibility

    • The first mile or so of the Charles River Link Trail is relatively flat and wide.

    • Some DCR facilities (parks and play areas) are accessible

The Neponset River

 
How to Get Here:

The following public transit stops will get you close to the lower part of the Neponset River watershed:

​By T​

  • MBTA – Red Line (Mattapan Line/Trolley)

    • Cedar Grove

    • Butler

    • Milton

    • Central Ave

    • Valley Road

    • Capen Street

    • Mattapan

  • Commuter Rail

    • Fairmount

    • Hyde Park

    • Readville

    • Route 128/University Park

    • Take the Fairmount or Franklin/Foxboro Commuter Line to Readville, then walk 0.8 miles

By Bus

  • The 201 and 202 buses will get you close to Pope John Paul II Park

  • The 15, 27, 217, and 240 buses can get you close to the Neponset Trail

  • Take the 32 to Hyde Park Ave @ Railroad Station, then walk 0.7 miles

The Nashua River

 
How to Get Here:

The following public transit stops will get you close to the lower part of the Nashua River watershed:

The MBTA Fitchburg Commuter line stops in Ayer and Shirley; the terminus is the Wachusett Station just west of Fitchburg. The Ayer stop is adjacent to the Nashua River Rail Trail that begins in Ayer and takes you 12.5 miles to the outskirts of Nashua, NH. If one brings a bicycle on the train, it’s a beautiful bike ride that meets up with the Nashua River in Groton and Pepperell, and to the Harry Rich State Forest in Groton. Harry Rich State Forest has miles of trails alongside the river that are hiker and bicyclist friendly. Nesting bald eagles and numerous water fowl are found on the river in this location.

The Shirley MBTA stop brings you to within a 1-mile walk over the Nashua River to the Bill Ashe Visitor Center at the Oxbow National Wildlife Center

  • Handicapped accessibility

    • The John Tinker Trail in Groton offers a wheelchair-accessible trail through the woods to the Nashua River. Click here to learn more about the trail on the Groton Trail Network website.

The Ipswich River

How to Get Here:

The following public transit stops will get you close to the lower part of the Ipswich River watershed:

  • The Ipswich station on the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail will bring you close to the confluence of the Ipswich River and Kimball Brook.

  • Wilmington Station (Lowell Line) will bring you close to Mill Brook.

  • North Wilmington Station (Haverhill Line) will bring you close to Lubbers Brook.

  • Many of the local public bus lines will also bring you close to the river.

 
  • Handicapped accessibility

    • Rail trails

    • An all-access trail at Bradley Palmer State Park

    • Accessible landings, such as at the Riverbend headquarters dock

The Housatonic River

How to Get Here:

The following public transit stops will get you close to the lower part of the Housatonic River watershed:

For Old Mill Trail:​

  • Using Public Transportation: Take the Route 4 bus to the Hinsdale Post Office stop, then walk 0.8 miles via Main St.

For Housatonic River Walk:

  • Using Public Transportation: Take the Route 21 bus to the Rite Aid stop (or the Great Barrington Post Office stop, depending on which way you are coming from), then walk 0.2 miles via Pleasant St or Dresser Ave.

For Laura's Tower:

  • Using Public Transportation: Take the Route 21 bus to the Stockbridge Center (Main St.) stop, then walk 1.2 miles via Ice Glen Rd to reach the Ice Glen Trail, which connects with the Laura’s Tower Trail.

  • Alternatively, take the Peter Pan bus to the Downtown Information Booth, Stockbridge stop and follow the same route to Ice Glen Trail and Laura’s Tower Trail.

For Mary Flynn Trail:

  • Using Public Transportation: since it is connected to the Ice Glen Trail and Laura’s Tower Trail, you can follow the same directions as above.

 
  • Handicapped accessibility

    • There are a couple of trails that are wheelchair accessible in the Massachusetts portion of the Housatonic. Old Mill Trail in Hinsdale/Dalton (owned by Berkshire Natural Resources Council) and the Housatonic River Walk in Great Barrington

The Westport River

How to Get Here:

From Memorial Day to Labor Day there are public transportation options available via the Cape Flyer that will get you to Buzzard Bay. Please check here for times and schedules.

 

The North & South Rivers

 
How to Get Here:

The best resource for all activity locations with parking and accessibility information can be found on the

North and South River Watershed Association’s website

The Blackstone River

How to Get Here:
 

Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary:

Take the WRTA #5 bus to Broad Meadow Plaza. The Center and Sanctuary is located right there.

Notes on Public Transportation

  • The WRTA bus lines only run from 9:30AM—7:00PM on Sundays

  • WRTA bicycle racks hold two bikes at a time on the outside of the bus

  • Handicapped accessibility

    • Douglas State Forest has accessible beaches and restrooms

      • Check Boating section above for address and parking fees

    • The canal side of the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park has flat and wide trails

      • Check Walking/Hiking section above for address and parking fees

    • Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary has 1 mile of accessible trails

      • Check Walking/Hiking section above for address and parking fees

The Merrimack River

 
How to Get Here:

The best resource for all activity locations with parking and accessibility information can be found on the

Merrimack River Watershed Council

The Mystic River

How to Get Here:

The best resource for all activity locations with parking and accessibility information can be found on the

Merrimack River Watershed Council

 

By Bus:

Medford - Codon Shell:

  • Take the 95, 96, or 101 to “Main St @ High St”. It is a 7 minute walk from there to the Codon Shell.

  • Take the 94, 95, 96, 101, 134, or 710 to “37 Riverside Ave @Medford Sq”. 9 minute walk to codon shell 

By Bus:

Somerville - Blessing of the Bay:​

  • Take the 95 to “Mystic Ave @Shore Drive”. 2 minute walk to Blessing of the Bay boathouse. 

By Train:​

  • Orange Line to Assembly Station (499 Foley St). 18 minute walk to Blessing of the Bay boathouse.

What opportunities are there on this river if you are mobility-impaired? Click on each park for more info:

The Westfield River

 
How to Get Here:

The best resource for all activity locations with parking and accessibility information can be found on the

Westfield River Watershed Council

The Assabet River

 
How to Get Here:

Commuter Rail

Fitchburg Line (North Station → Wachusett). Get off at the West Concord Station, walk 10 minutes to Warner’s pond to paddle.