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Blue Hills Reservation, Milton

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
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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  • If you are in Boston for a few days, and you want to experience the beauty of a New England Fall without leaving town, then make your way over to the Blue Hills! There is a wonderful interpretive muse...  read more »
  • We brought my 5 year old daughter here. She loves to hike but isn't quite ready for the big hikes in the White Mountains, she as well as the rest of us in the group had a great time. It was a nice eas...  read more »
  • Love Blue Hills Reservation....just on the doorstep of Boston and brings a sense of tranquility and peace. 
  • 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.
  • It's ok. Finding used condoms where you park up at the top of the mountain is nasty. Doesn't seem like they clean it up much or take good care of the place. Trails are pretty cool expect for all the trash along them. It would be a beautiful place if people were not such scumbags and actually cared about the place.
  • Tallest point on the east coast! Very peaceful, nice easy hike but with some of steep hillsides here and there if youre feeling adventurous. I usually bring my dog, Ruby
  • Love this place! From the native blueberries in August to the awesome skyline trail, I love this place. If you're anything like me, download the map to your phone BEFORE you go. The map makes the trails easy to navigate and there are also numbered markers at many of the intersections of different trails.
  • Such a good hike for the area that was in! Took the pup who thoroughly enjoyed chasing squirrels and snakes... am definetly going to be back once my thighs and calfs don't hurt as much!
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