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POLL: Newton's Best (Outdoor) Hidden Gem

Vote in our Readers' Choice poll for this week and leave a comment for your favorite outdoor hidden gem.

They don't call Newton "The Garden City" for nothing. 

Whether you need a spot for a family hike or a quiet walk in the woods, Newton has dozens of outdoor gems that will fulfill your need for nature.

This week's Readers' Choice poll is looking for your favorite.

Yes, we know there are a few missing from the list -- and certainly some are more "hidden" than others. Unfortunately, we couldn't include every park and trail in the poll, but instead chose some of our favorites as well as suggestions from reader comments, emails, Tweets and Facebook posts. 

Click on the links below to find out more about these spots and don't forget to leave a comment below telling us about your favorite!

Ellen May 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM
What about Cold Spring Park, Reservoir near BC (Is that Hammond Pond) in Cleveland Circle, hiking trails behind Boston College Law School. Is Cutler Park completely in Needham or is part of it in Newton? That is another great place. It would be nice to have a map with all of these places highlighted, especially for families with young children.
Melanie Graham (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Hi Ellen -- Thanks for your comment! Like I said in the written part above, we unfortunately couldn't include all of the different parks in Newton although Cold Spring Park is great! The Chestnut Hill Reservoir is actually in Boston, so we decided to leave that one out. As for Cutler Park, my understanding that it was all in Needham (but right on the Newton line), but I'm not positive -- perhaps someone could make a better call? A map is located on the right side of this page with all the different locations. The Newton Conservators also have a lot of fantastic guides for residents on their website -- www.newtonconservators.org
Janet Sterman July 10, 2012 at 02:44 AM
My personal favorites are (1) Houghton Garden on Suffolk Rd in Chestnut Hill which connects to Webster Woods in Newton Centre; (2) Edmands Park in Newtonville; and Echo Bridge along the Charles River in Newton Upper Falls. Now these gems are no longer "hidden"!

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