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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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  • 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 »
  • good facility with so so parking. Follow the marked trails and enjoy some time in nature, If youu have time check out the animal displays. Not to hokey  more »
  • The DCR Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph. We had cabin fever and decided to hike somewhere new, glad we checked this out! Many, MANY trails, ...  more »
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  • Can't believe I grew up in Milton and missed this gem. Fall is an exquisite time to come and see the beautiful foliage and smell the leaves. Very peaceful in fall.
  • It awesome to have a place to hike right outside of boston. Plenty of parking at different trail heads. It is very busy though. And be prepared for rocks and boulders
  • The Blue Hills are a wonderful place to get away from the hubbub of the city and do some hiking. There are also some amazing Mountain Biking trails. Every trail is well marked and maintained. You can really select your level of difficulty. The longest stretch the I have done is a 6 mile loop. In the Winter there is even a little skiing, both downhill and cross country. Great place and worth a visit.
  • I love driving the windy roads up in the blue hills. Great hiking trails and views of Boston from areas as well.
  • Great day hikes and trails covering a variety of terrain. Well maintained and easily accessible. Only issue is the crowds of visitors on weekends. Some select trails are not too busy if you know where to look.