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Houghton's Pond, Milton

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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3.5/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Houghton's Pond is a spring-fed kettle hole pond in Milton, Massachusetts, south of Boston. Like many ponds and lakes in the United States, it was formed by receding glaciers about 10,000 years ago. By the standard definition of lakes being bodies of water larger than, the 24acre pond is technically a lake.The pond is located within the Blue Hills Reservation and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The Massachusett tribe once fished the pond and hunted in the woodlands that surround it. The Native Americans called it Hoosic-Whisick, but around 1690, a British settler named Ralph Houghton bought 360 acres of forest and land (including the pond) to farm. He used the pond as a source of ice, drinking water and fish. His farmhouse once stood where the refreshment stand now stands.The area is a popular destination for Massachusetts residents in all seasons. Just outside the city limits of Boston, the setting offers people the chance to quickly immerse themselves in a natural surrounding. The pond offers a visitor's center, supervised swimming area, stocked fishing, picnic areas, and various outdoor sports. The refreshment stand is on the National Register of Historic Places. The pond is surrounded by an array of hiking trails within the Blue Hills Reservation. The area is most popular in the summer for swimming and cook-outs.
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  • we didn't really spend to much time here we parked here before beginning our hike. Looked like a cute little are, not sure I would make the trip just for the pond, but it looked like a fun place to sp...  read more »
  • I went here with my granddaughter so she could swim. The area designated for swimming is very small. The parking lot and beach get crowded. Often you can not park due to a full lot. The bath house, pl...  read more »
  • The renovations to the park are wonderful. Great site to enjoy a variety of activities. Thank you for the clean up! 
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