Hiking Southern New England
by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)
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there are several trails, well marked, of varying difficulty (though none technical) in this state park area. i ritually have done the blue trail over tucker (?) hill near houghton pond and it has been a lovely, invigorating jaunt each time, taking about an hour with a good section of moderately difficult uphill scramble. a fantastic if short ridge walk is the reward at the top of the hill, and in the low parts all around you the fall leaves and placid forrest ambiance are the perfect setting to get your bearings in this 'always connected' world. i give it 4/5 stars, not world class, but a personal favorite for sure.
Trail had some nice overlooks. The trails are easy to follow. Watch out for rattlesnakes and copperheads over rocky areas. Be especially careful over rocky areas in the rain. The rocks become very slippery. Great Blue Hill, Skyline, Buck Hill, Rattlesnake Hill were great hikes.
parked in the lot without an exit gate, and hiked up to Eliot Tower for a sunset view of the city. The view was great of boston and surrounding area. The trail was easy to navigate with head lamps (a _must_) on the way down, but someone without night hiking experience should take the access road as in some places it is easy to loose the trail.
Get the feeling of nature just outside of Boston. The skyline trail is a great loop, with lots of variety. There are some challenging rock sections.
The trail is actually quite nice. Well maintained, yes, but not well marked as other may have said. It is very easy to miss a turn when trying to connect from the Skyline trail to any of the trails that shoot off from it.
Another reason I've only awarded 3 stars is the swimming area, Houghton's Pond. The boundary line is entirely too close to shore. I see no reason why people cannot swim in the deeper parts of the pond at their own risk. Give the swimmers som credit, DCR.
Overall a nice location for a day hike with a pretty impressive view from the tower on Great Blue Hill.
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