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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  • Wonderful hike to the top of Big Blue! Three of us hiked together (and one of us is a cute dog!). We had so much fun. The hiking was a little more challenging than I expected, which was fun. So many f...  more »
  • Dozens and dozens of wonderful hiking trails, magnificent views from atop Big Blue, lovely Houghton Pond, happy families picnicking and enjoying the beach ,strolling lovers, hearty runners, hikers and...  more »
  • We have map of all the trails and have done most of them in the 35 years we have lived in Milton. All levels  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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • If you are visiting the place on a beautiful summer day, make sure you go early, otherwise it will be hard to find parking spot
  • 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

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