Other Ideas: Maudslay State Park; The Charles River Esplanade; Castle Island and Fort Independence; Garden In The Woods: New England Wild Flower Society; Arnold Arboretum
Rock Meadow is public conservation land and comprises 70 acres of meadow, wetlands, streams, and woods. It is a part of the Western Greenway, a corridor of undeveloped green spaces that connects the towns of Belmont, Waltham, and Lexington.
Lots of green fields, community gardents,and easy terrain trails in the woods lets you make believe that you have a little bit of the country nearby.
Rock Meadow offers opportunities for hiking, birding, biking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, and community gardening.
The Massachusetts Division of Fish & Wildlife has designated Rock Meadow an important grassland conservation area. It provides significant habitat for plants and animals that are rapidly disappearing as forests and suburbs encroach upon former farmland.
Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA, 02478 map
Rock Meadow is located along Mill Street in Belmont, between Trapelo Road on the south and Winter Street on the north. To the east of the meadow is McLean Open Space, and to the south is Beaver Brook North Reservation. Paths begin at the parking lot.
The meadow is not actually designated on maps, but the general area can be found by Googling “Beaver Brook Reservation.” Just north of the reservation is a small residential area, and just north of that is an unmarked area that is Rock Meadow.
By bus and on foot: Take the #73 bus from Harvard Square to Waverly Square; walk 2 blocks west to Mill Street, turn right, and walk about 1 mile to Rock Meadow. (Note: There is no sidewalk along Mill Street.)
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