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Blue Hills Reservation, Milton

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Blue Hills Reservation is a 6,000acre state park in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, it covers parts of Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Randolph, and Dedham. Located approximately ten miles south of downtown Boston, the reservation is one of the largest parcels of undeveloped conservation land within the metropolitan area. The park's varied terrain and scenic views make it a popular destination for hikers from the Boston area.HistoryEuropean explorers sailing the coastline noticed the bluish hue of the mountains, which is caused by the presence of riebeckite, and the gave area its modern name. The name of the state of Massachusetts derives from the Massachusett Indian tribe's name of the hill: massa-adchu-es-et. In 1893, the Metropolitan Parks Commission purchased the lands of Blue Hills Reservation as one of the state's first areas dedicated to public recreation.
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  • There are many trails in many areas of the Blue Hills to walk. All are fabulous if you like walking in the woods. Two of my favorites are the top of Chickatawbut Rd. where there is a tower to climb. O...  more »
  • Walk along paved road or use the trails to get to the top for a beautiful view of Boston. Plenty of picnic spots, parking and fellow hikers around. Restrooms and running water for dogs to drink from. ...  more »
  • The blue rectangle trail from headquarters winding up and around multiple slopes, over rugged rocky terrain led to the most picturesque view. Luckily we summited on a perfect spring day - 59 degrees w...  more »
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  • I could've easily have spent 3 hours here - and I nearly did when I wanted to see more of the landscape. Easily said, this is a beautiful expanse of land with a bountiful forest with marked paths. The reservation is laughingly close to the city and merits more than a single visit. There are different paths for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels and different landing points to get a varied perspective of the entire area.
  • Great park with many trails in the South Shore, just north of South Shore Plaza. The Skyline Trail is popular, and of moderate difficulty level, offering nice vistas as you get atop the 4 hills it passes by. There is convenient parking on the eastern edge near the ice skating rink. Be mindful to follow the painted marks on the trees to keep on the right trail, especially in winter. Make sure to carry a trail map with you!
  • What a great hike! Would consider this a level medium-advantage hike. Came across different hikers (from all age group) with their backpacks, some preparing for the White Mountains, NH! Went on a light shower afternoon and followed the blue mark trail path (moderate level). Went up all the way the top where there was a tower, so cool. I also noticed a lot of hikers with their dogs. I thought that this place was cool because right below, across the parking area there was a state troopers building, so I felt somewhat safe. They got a restroom that was available by the main building before going up for the hike! Very convenient~ Overall me and my husband loved the hike and plan to come again! Would recommend to friends and family. Oh and this hike definitely works your legs muscles~ you'll be feeling the soreness the night after the hike lol
  • Lots of paths and trails. Great for snowshoeing as well. Download the trail map from the dcr website. It comes in very handy if you want to see all the interesting stuff they have. There is no better place to hike in close proximity to Boston
  • Great local resource for hiking and other outdoor activities. It's so close, it's easy to overlook all there is to do.