Blue Hills Reservation is a 7000 acre park located just a short drive away from Boston. During the summer months, hiking, swimming, and mountain biking are the predominant activities. My boyfriend and I saw the sign for this reservation on a trip home from Boston and decided to check it out. Although we didn’t have much time, we still were able to do a short hike.
Take a look at some of the beautiful views on our trail!
Beautiful views of the surrounding hills…
Can you spot the frog in this picture?
We are planning a return trip to do a longer hike! We also plan on taking photographs at Great Blue Hill, the highest hill in the reservation. This 635 feet tall hill is supposed to provide great views of the city. You can hike up to the Blue Hills Observatory, the oldest weather station in the US! Another attraction is the Trailside Museum, an interpretative center which allows you to learn about the wildlife and plant species found within the reservation. Parking for these attractions can be found at: 1904 Canton Ave. Milton, MA 02186.
Interesting fact: The Blue Hills were named by early explorers, who while sailing noticed the bluish tint on the hills. Native Americans had made their home in the hills more than 10,000 years before the Europeans arrived. The Native Americans called themselves “Massachusett” or “people of the hills.” The land, which now stands as the Blue Hills Reservation, was purchased in 1893 by the Metropolitan Parks Commission as a public recreation area.
Summer Activities include: Hiking trails, swimming at Houghton’s pond, biking, picnicking, rock climbing, fishing, camping, and golf.
Winter Activities include: Cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and ice skating.
Check out the Blue Hills Trail Map. There are over 125 miles of trails to enjoy!
Check out the Blue Hills Mountain Biking Map.
Check out the Houhgton’s Pond information brochure for a map and further details.
Parking Information: 695 Hillside Street Milton, Massachusetts (free to park)