Date Visited: August 13, 2016
Location: 9 Pleasant Street South
Hours: Open daily, dawn til dusk
Parking: There is free unmetered off street parking available but only a dozen or so cars can fit on the side street. You may be able to park somewhere else nearby and walk to the dam.
Time To Allot For Visit: half an hour to an hour
Dog Friendly: Yes
Web Site: South Natick Dam Park
Highlights: pretty waterfall, birds, pretty architecture, family friendly
Established in 1933 on the site of a former grist mill, the South Natick Dam Park attracts people far and wide for its pretty waterfall and scenic views. Construction of the South Natick Dam was completed on September 2, 1933. It replaced a timber dam that had been built at the site since 1760 by Matthew Hastings.
Millstones from the grist mill, which had served the area since colonial times, are embedded in the paved area of the area surrounding the dam.
There is also an island in the middle of the river, that you can see in some of the photos, which is named for Horace Holyoke, one of the characters from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Old Town Folks.” This character is based on her husband Calvin Stowe who was a South Natick native.
Since the water was at such a low level, I was able to walk down to the base of the dam and take some photos from where the water would normally be.
The South Natick Dam Park is adjacent to the Charles River’s dam, and is a popular spot for visitors, both human and animal.
A fun and unexpected stop on my way home from Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, the South Natick Dam is a great place to take your dog for a walk, photograph or just sit at one of the benches and take in the beauty of the area.