Savin Hill, Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

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Savin Hill, a very distinctive part of Boston, sits serenely above a tangle of teeming transportation arteries. Its elevation isolates it from the rest of the city, protecting it from the heavy traffic on the expressways, railroads, and highways at its feet. Because there are usually few cars on its streets, Savin Hill can be easily and safely explored on foot. And indeed the neighborhood has much to offer the walker, including a delightful jumble of residential architectural styles lining streets that circle the hill to the park at its very top. Here you can enjoy views of the sea, downtown Boston, and the peninsula housing the University of Massachusetts Boston and the John F. Kennedy Library—as well as Savin Hill’s own ocean beach and two yacht clubs. Described in an old history of the Savin Hill Yacht Club as a “delightful semi-marine paradise of peaceful luxury, with yachts and horses,” the neighborhood has dropped some of the luxury, yachts, and horses but has remained delightful. For many of its residents—and visiting walkers—it is a paradise.
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by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Savin Hill, a very distinctive part of Boston, sits serenely above a tangle of teeming transportation arteries. Its elevation isolates it from the rest of the city, protecting it from the heavy traffic on the expressways, railroads, and highways at its feet. Because there are usually few cars on its streets, Savin Hill can be easily and safely explored on foot. And indeed the neighborhood has much to offer the walker, including a delightful jumble of residential architectural styles lining streets that circle the hill to the park at its very top. Here you can enjoy views of the sea, downtown Boston, and the peninsula housing the University of Massachusetts Boston and the John F. Kennedy Library—as well as Savin Hill’s own ocean beach and two yacht clubs.

Described in an old history of the Savin Hill Yacht Club as a “delightful semi-marine paradise of peaceful luxury, with yachts and horses,” the neighborhood has dropped some of the luxury, yachts, and horses but has remained delightful. For many of its residents—and visiting walkers—it is a paradise.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Boston
Distance: 4.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour or more
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Savin Hill, Boston

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