Blue Hills Reservation is a 6,000-acre (2,400 ha) 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 Greater Boston metropolitan area. The park's varied terrain and scenic views make it a popular destination for hikers from the Boston area.For Blue Hills Reservation and beyond, use our Milton trip maker website to get the most from your Milton vacation.
Blue Hills Reservation reviews
Decided to take our puppy for his first hike here since it’s closest to home. Not impressed. Stopped to tie my hiking shoes in the parking lot ant was greeted by used hypodermic needles on the... more »
Came here on a lovely early-spring weekend for a hike. We mostly followed a 5.4 mile loop of the Skyline trail - parking at the Shea Memorial Rink Lot and heading north and west from there. It was a..... more »
I've only been here once in the summer, but holy cow. I will be back. What beautiful and fantastic hiking! I parked by the trailside museum and took the red trail up to the weather observatory, then sat on a rock overlook for a few hours reading a book. Some of the trails are gnarly enough to be fun on their own, and the views at the top of hills and down the ski slopes are soul-lifting.
Skyline trail is quite rocky, lots of tall boulders. The entire trail is basically going up and down, up and down, up and down, etc. Markers are good and frequent, every dozens of feet, because you can easily get lost - if you don't see markers in 50 meters, you're definitely on the wrong path. Go on a day you're in a good mood and won't get sick of keep going up and down just to stay on the same plane. Go early in the day to finish the whole trail. If you're giving up or it gets late, you can get a ride in the middle where the trail crosses Chickatawbut Road.
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