The Neponset Watershed contains acres of parks, trails, and waterways for all abilities.

Within the 120-square mile area of the Neponset Watershed, lies a vast array of scenic parks and waterways awaiting exploration and discovery.

Discover our top picks to kickstart your adventure, and be sure to share your Neponset journey with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @neprwa. We can’t wait to see your photos!

On the Water

There are plenty of options for swimming, boating, and fishing in the Neponset Watershed, spanning from the headwaters of the Neponset River to local ponds and all the way to the estuary.

Our favorite locations include:

Trails & Parks

The Neponset is full of fantastic places to hike, bike, stroll, and observe wildlife.

Although we can’t list them all, here are a few option to get you started:

  • Neponset Greenway Trail
    • The Neponset Greenway Trail is a miles-long, multi-use trail that runs along the Neponset River, from Mattapan to Port Norfolk in Dorchester. This flat, paved trail is off-road, and is perfect for families and all abilities.
  • Quincy RiverWalk
    • The Quincy RiverWalk is a 2-mile-long public walkway along the Neponset River and Commander Shea Boulevard, beginning at the Adams Inn Gazebo and running to DCR Squantum Point. The trail is a combination of paved path/road and crushed stone.
  • Blue Hills Reservation
    • Miles of trails for all ages and abilities. Check out the Blue Hills Ski Area in the winter!

Get a Neponset River Paddler’s Guide!

We are pleased to offer the Neponset River Paddler’s Guide to help you explore Boston’s “Hidden River.”

The 8″ x 23″ foldable paddler’s guide is divided into 4 sections: Fowl Meadow, Lower Neponset, Neponset Estuary, Major Lakes, and Ponds.

  • The guide shows launches, suggested routes, and points of interest, and is printed on water-resistant paper for many years of use.
  • The cost is just $5.00 or free for members.
  • Paddler’s guides are delivered via US mail.

To order a guide use the buttons below or email NepRWA Office Manager, Rebecca Weiss.

Non-members: $5
Members: free

How do I know if the water in my town is clean for swimming, boating, or fishing?

For the most up-to-date information on water quality in your town, check with your local board of health or town website.

While NepRWA monitors water quality in local streams and ponds, the collected data primarily captures trends over time rather than daily fluctuations.

Learn more about how we test the water quality in the Neponset Watershed.

Report a Problem. Ask a Question.

You can help to keep our streams and ponds clean by reporting anything suspicious looking near the water or by storm drains.

Email the Neponset Stormwater Hotline at or give us a call at 781-575-0354 x 300.

If we can’t solve the problem or answer the question on the spot, we will relay it to the appropriate agency for further action.

Click below to start exploring our Watershed communities!

Help us keep our listings up-to-date.  To suggest locations or edits, please contact Outreach & Communications Director, Nancy Fyler, at or 781-575-0354 x307.