Beaver Brook Reservation

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Beaver Brook Reservation

Massachusetts

(617) 727-5380

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Overview

The first reservation established by the Metropolitan Parks Commission (later the MDC) in 1893, Beaver Brook Reservation is 59 acres of open fields, wetlands and woodlands. Ponds, fields, marsh, and a cascading waterfall make the park's north section a delightful place to walk or picnic. The more developed south section features ballfields, a wading pool, and a tot lot. Beaver Brook's historic significance includes reminders of its past; the remains of a 19th century fulling mill, the historic Robert Morris Copeland House (c.1835) and a monument to the Waverly Oaks, perhaps the most famous trees of the 1890's.

The reservation features a variety of plant habitats, including meadows, new-growth forest, mature oak-hickory forest, red maple swamps and cattail marches. Among the wildlife are great horned owls, red-tailed hawks, mink, red foxes, and many migratory birds. From the top of Mackerel Hill, views of Boston and the Blue Hills can be seen.

Map of Beaver Brook Park (MA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.390971, -71.197672

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Easy/flat groomed greenway trail.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available in Beaver Brook.

  • Historic Sites

    Natural history programs offered at Beaver Brook cover topics such as wildlife, the Waverly Oaks, and the ecosystem of ponds, wetlands, and woodlands. Beaver Brook's cultural history is also highlighted. (All programs subject to staffing.)

  • Picnicking

    Ponds, fields, marsh, and a cascading waterfall make the park's north section a delightful place to walk or picnic. The more developed south section features ballfields, a wading pool, and a tot lot.

  • Water Sports

    Contact the park for more information.

Directions

Driving

From Harvard Square take Mt. Auburn Street out of the Square. Turn right onto Belmont Street. At the light, take Trapelo Road to Mill Street. Or take Route 2 to Winter Street, Belmont, left onto Concord Avenue, 100 yards ahead bear right onto Mill Street, entrance is on the right. Or follow Route 60 (Pleasant Street) until it meets Trapelo Road, 500 yards on the left is the Waverly Oaks southern section.

Public Transportation

MBTA: Red Line to Harvard Station. MBTA Bus #73, Waverly Square (20 minutes). Exit on Mill Street onto Trapelo Rd. Park is located on either side of Trapelo Road. Headquarters is on Mill Street, the first house on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(617) 727-5380

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