Date Visited: September 24, 2016
Location: Beacon St, Brighton, MA
Hours: open everyday dawn until dusk
Parking: There is a free parking lot next to the reservation that accomodates about 100 vehicles, there is additional metered off street parking
Park Size:20 acres, 1.5 circular trail loop
Time To Allot For Visit: 1 to 2 hours
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: nice views, reservoir, easy circular trail, popular with cyclists, joggers and dog walkers, lots of birds and other wildlife, shoreline fishing is permitted
Lowlights: trail can get congested
Web Site: Chestnut Hill Reservation
Trail Map: Chestnut Hill Reservation Trail Map
Created in 1870 on marshes and meadowland to provide the city of Boston with an additional water supply, the Chestnut Reservior, the reservoir now acts as a pretty body of water encircled by a 1.5 mile circular trail loop. The reservoir was taken off line in 1978 and is no longer needed for a water supply for the city of Boston. But, it is still maintained as an emergency backup source for water. Now, a plethora of birds and other aquatic animals thrive in the reservoir.
While the reservoir itself is only located in the Boston area, Chestnut Hill area of the park, which includes parts of Boston, Brookline and Newton, includes a swimming pool, skating rink.
The reservation has some beautiful views of the Brighton/Allston, Chestnut Hill and surrounding areas. The clouds provided a pretty, albeit threatening, touch. There are pretty flowers along the trail and, as you can see from some of the photos, the circular loop around the reservoir is very easy with only subtle, if any, inclines. You can see the two skyscrapers of Boston (the John Hancock Tower – the glassy blue colored building on the left – and the Prudential Tower – the brownish building with the long antenna on the right). You can also see the stylish top of one of the buildings of the Boston College campus in the first few photos of this group.
There is also an abundance of wildlife at the reservoir. Mallards, Cormorants, Canadian Geese and a variety of other birds inhabit the reservoir.
This Cormorant had just got his or her lunch. In the last photo the Coormorant had eith er lost the fish or just swallowed it (you can choose to believe whichever makes you sleep easier tonight).
Birds aren’t the only inhabitants of the reservoir. Turtles and other aquatic animals occupy the reservior as well. It’s a little hard to see butt at the bottom of the second photo there is a huge turtle.
Since it was such a nice day outside, there were a variety of dogs at Chestnut Hill Reservation.
ViVi, a 4 year old Beagle and Cocker Spaniel mix, showed off her talents of doing a pirouette and playing patty cake to beg for treats.
Buster is a 9 year old English Lab and Retriever mix, or the best combination ever!
Bella is, appropriately enough, a 2 year old toy poodle. Doesn’t she look like a toy?
Luke, a 2 year old Lab, was a little shy but warmed up to the camera nicely.
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Similar Places I Have Visited In New England:
Borderland State Park (North Easton, MA)
The Nature Trail And Cranberry Bog At Patriot Place (Foxborough, MA)