Newton is home to almost 70,000 cars, which contribute over 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Our cars, along with our homes, make up the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in Newton. While we recommend driving an electric car, we also want to challenge you to go carless when you can. Walking, biking, and taking the bus are some ways you can make a real difference while also getting fresh air and exercise.
If you’re looking for an activity to do one day this summer, skip the drive and check out some of the many walking trails around Newton and the surrounding area. Our friends at the Newton Conservators have detailed maps and instructions to them on their website, and here are three we highly recommend:
- Moody Street to Watertown Square: Combine a walk along the Charles River with a visit to Moody Street on this 4 mile walk.
- Explore Webster Woods and Hammond Pond: With three loop trails ranging from 0.8 miles to 1.4 miles, Webster Woods and Hammond Pond are a great alternative to shopping in Chestnut Hill. Webster Woods was saved from development in 2019!
- South Newton to Millennium Park: walk 4.3 miles round trip along the Charles River along the Heron Trail to Millennium Park.
Looking for a shorter walk? There are a number of green spaces throughout Newton to explore. There may even be one near your home that you never knew about! Check out the Newton Conservator’s website for a map of open spaces in Newton along with details about each spot.
We hope you enjoy exploring Newton on foot this summer and beyond.
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