The 800 acres of Cutler Park make up the largest freshwater marsh that remains on the Charles River. This large expanse of water is the main attraction for over 100 species of birds that flock to Massachusetts.
Situated in Needham and Dedham, the wetlands of Cutler Park provides the perfect setting for a wide selection of water-related activities including canoeing, fishing, and boating. If you prefer to stay on land there is a variety of hikes and walks to suit all abilities. For the more adventurous there is the chance to take part in cross-country skiing when the snowfalls.
The longest trail is 5 miles around Kendrick Pond where you can set eyes on blue herons, warblers, and hawks among the 100 species of birds that have been spotted here. It is not unusual to spot canadian geese, chipmunks, and turtles in the park as well.
The Blue Heron Trail to the left side of the park is particularly popular and welcomes bike riders as well as walkers. There really is an acidity for everyone here.
There are some paved areas for walking but most of the trails around Cutler Park are sand and dirt. That said, there are areas where wheelchairs and prams can pass easily. We especially enjoy walking across the boardwalks of the marsh and circling the lake when we feel like taking a long walk.
Take care during summer as there are a lot of bugs due to the humid habitat so you will need bug repellent. Dogs are welcome but only well-trained dogs should be let off their leash. Facilities are limited so do make sure you bring food and drinks and use a restroom before heading out on your hike. A relaxing escape from busy city life, Cutler Park one of the highlights of Massachusetts rich tapestry. Nature lovers and adventure seekers unite what truly is a beautiful part of the word that is lovingly taken care of by the state.