Experience NewBridge on the Charles

Nature at NewBridge

At NewBridge, we believe nature is part of life-long learning and discovery. Our 162-acre campus at NewBridge on the Charles includes 100 acres of environmentally protected woods and expansive green spaces.  And we invite visitors to experience nature at NewBridge from dawn to dusk everyday on our campus' walking trails.  

Promoting exercise and healthy living is part of the core mission of NewBridge at the Charles, so we've provided miles of smooth, graded walking trails through a pristine hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forest also featuring oaks, hickories, red maple, chestnut oak, black birch and scarlet oak.

Stroll through pine groves, and traverse along the edges of the Charles River, bordered by a ribbon of lush wetland vegetation harboring songbird habitat. This floodplain wetland supports tall maple trees with perches for cormorants, flycatchers, kingfishers, and hawks, which hunt along the river. The expansive tree canopy also provides roosting areas for many birds. Other wildlife is abundant and close-by at NewBridge on the Charles including white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.

Our trails also feature two vernal pools.  Vernal pools of water exist temporarily in the spring. Despite being dry at times, once filled they teem with natal amphibian and insect life including frogs, toads and four species of mole salamanders.

In addition to a trail entrance on the NewBridge campus, trails are also accessible from the Whitcomb Woods trailhead across from the Wilson Mountain parking lot in Dedham on Route 135.


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