The Charles River Watershed in Boston:
Stony Brook and the Muddy River

We trace Stony Brook from its headwaters on Bellevue Hill in West Roxbury to the Charles River in Back Bay, and return to the start along the Muddy River via the Emerald Necklace.


Brought to you by the MassBike MetroBoston chapter and the Friends of Stony Brook Reservation

Photos of the Ride

Getting There

The ride starts in Adams Park in Roslindale Square, the center of a triangular rotary formed by the intersections of Washington, Poplar, Corinth, and South Streets. Cummins Highway, coming from the east, dead ends into the park, too. It is about one mile south of the Forest Hills Orange Line MBTA station on a fairly wide, but heavily traveled stretch of Washington St. There is free on-street parking and a large, free parking lot off Taft Hill Court, right off South St.

From the north by car, take the Riverway to the Jamaicaway to the Arborway and exit at Forest Hills. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp and proceed straight for about a mile. Washington St. becomes one-way the opposite way and you will be forced to bear right. You're there! Look for a parking space and meet us in the park.

From the north by bike, follow the Emerald Necklace or the Southwest Corridor to Forest Hills and take Washington St. to Roslindale Square. You can follow one of the routes on the ride map, if you want to.

From the west by car, take Route 9 to the Hammond Pond Parkway. Take the second right at the first rotary onto Lagrange St. and follow it across South Brookline and West Roxbury to Washington St. Turn left up the hill and continue down it. The sixth light after the turn is Poplar. If you can't park on the left side of the street, bear left on South St. and continue to look for parking places. There is a big lot the next right after you bear left. You can also follow the West Roxbury Parkway, the third right at the first rotary, through three more rotaries, then left at the next light on Belgrade Ave., which leads straight to Roslindale Square. A right on Corinth St. and a left on Washington get you to Adams Park.

From the east, follow Cummins Highway from Mattapan Square or American Legion Highway straight to Roslindale Square. Turn right and then bear left and park in any space. The lot is the next right after you bear left.

From the south by bike or car, take Washington St. all of the way or follow Hyde Park Ave. to Cummins Highway and take a left on that to the park.