Boston, MA

Wellesley College Campus and Lake Waban

The 500-acre campus of Wellesley College is a living arboretum, with miles of paved paths winding by specimen trees, ponds, and tasteful buildings. A part of the tour also includes the 2.75 mile perimeter path of Lake Waban, which affords spectacular water and campus views. Especially pretty in autumn! The college campus was designed by the famed landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.

We recommend running the Lake Waban perimeter path, and then create a do-it-yourself run on Wellesley’s paths. The Lake Waban path has some sections with rocks and tree roots. There’s also a wonderful running track on the northern edge of campus.

For even more miles, the enjoy the beautiful, quiet residential streets adjoining Wellesley College.

  • Lake Waban loop is nearly 3 miles (5k); Several miles of paths around the campus
  • Lake Waban is 97 feet elevation gain; Campus paths are rolling
  • Lake Waban near entrance off Rt. 16
  • Some parking; Commuter rail stops at Wellesley Center