The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose. Charles Dickens

All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole. Hal Borland

Walking in Needham

Needham is a walkable town, with plenty of sidewalks and forest paths to entice us. It has been estimated 65% of Needham residents are within 1 mile walking distance of popular destinations such as Needham Center, Needham Library, and Needham Heights.

  • A delightful little book available at the Needham Public Library is The Ferns & Fins Guide to Sidewalk Journeys in Needham, which includes directions, maps, and walking guides to sixteen pleasant neighborhood walks.
  • You can download trail maps for some of Needham’s trails.
  • Needham Parks and Recreation sponsors various hiking and walking activities. Their brochures are available online.




The Bay Colony Rail Trail project is working on creating a 7-mile walking/biking path along an unused railroad right of way. The path will run through beautiful conservation land and over the Charles River. The first section, a 1.7 mile multi-use path from the Needham Forest to Red Wing Bay, opened in May 1, 2016, and a 1 mile section in Newton Upper Falls opened later in 2016.  The two last sections, a 3 mile stretch in Dover and 1.3 miles in Medfield, are in progress.  The Bay Colony Rail Trail project welcomes volunteers and supporters.



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