Natick is a beautiful town, but what if you don’t want to go looking for the most picturesque streets all on your own? Worry not, because the town government has determined which streets are “scenic.” Sometimes, you even get a special sign if you’re a scenic road!
Here’s Natick’s official list: Winter and Frost streets in the northeast corner of town; Bacon (from Wellesley town line to Walnut Street) and Walnut Streets north of the town center; and many streets in the more rural southern part of town: Cottage Street, Dover Road, Everett Street, Farwell Street, Glen Street, Glenwood Street, Pegan Lane, Pleasant Street (South Natick), Rockland Street, South Street, Union Street and Woodland Street.
Being a scenic road isn’t just a compliment from the town; it also offers some legal protections. The Massachusetts Scenic Road Act provides legal protection for trees and stone walls along scenic roads. A town’s planning board, conservation commission or historical commission have the ability to designate roads as “scenic.” Once this is accomplished, any requests to cut down trees or move stone walls for the sake of construction requires permission from the town planning board.
Enough with the legal details, and on to the scenic roads. (Warning: Not all parts of these roads are so scenic…wondering if these designations were made before all the overhead wires went up.)
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