Allandale Woods is an 86 acre woods located west of Arnold Arboretum on the Jamaica Plain/West Roxbury line and is bordered roughly by Allandale Street, Centre Street, the VFW Parkway, and Hackensack Road.  There is an extensive trail system leading to ponds, a cattail marsh, intertwined streams feeding Bussey Brook, a series of stone boundary walls, the historic Spring House and a certified vernal pool.  Activities include hiking, bird watching, trail running, exploring the historic spring and a pristine secondary growth forested environment.

Getting to the woods:

By Car:  

Parking is available at the Annunciation Church on the west bound side of the VFW Parkway. The actual address is 7 Veterans of Foreign Wars Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA (link to Google Maps) and there are six dedicated Allandale Woods visitor spaces in the parking area immediately to the right of the entrance.

By Bus:

MBTA buses # 38 and 51 from the Orange Line Forrest Hills station have stops on Centre Street at the VFW Parkway.  Consult the MBTA Bus site for schedules.

 

 

Once you arrive, the main entrance to the Woods is behind the right side of the main church building (you will see a gravel path leading uphill to the Ridge and Allandale trails.)  There are also eight other trail entry points along the bounding roads; consult the trail map below for the locations.  Currently they are marked by a Parks Dept rules and regulations sign, but construction of stone entry posts and steps is underway in the Spring of 2016.

We recommend new visitors print and take a trail map to navigate the woods as there are no signage or trail markers in this Urban Wild and the system of trails can be confusing at first.  Please review the regulations when you enter the Woods.  This is a carry-in/carry-out park; there are no trash receptacles available anywhere in the Woods. 

Trail Map (Courtesy of Boston Parks and Recreation Dept.)

Allandale Woods Urban Wild is the City’s largest and most ecologically significant natural area.”
— Carrie Marsh, Boston Parks and Recreation Commission