Blue Hills Reservation Ponkapoag Pond

Canton, Massachusetts

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At 230 acres, Ponkapoag Pond is the largest and most remote body of water found within the Blue Hills Reservation. This walk on one of the less commonly traveled trails will provide you and your pup with peace and relaxation, all within a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visit during fall to enjoy the beautiful autumn colors reflected on the lake. From the parking lot, stop at the kiosk to examine a good map of the reservation. Continue to the right of the buildings on a paved road lined with large maple trees. Fittingly named the “Avenue of Maples,” this road is not open to traffic, but watch out for an occasional golf cart. At the end of the road, turn right and walk through a gate onto a smooth dirt path. Green disks mark this trail as it travels around the circumference of the pond.
Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond

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Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond

by Jenna Ringelheim (The Mountaineers Books)

At 230 acres, Ponkapoag Pond is the largest and most remote body of water found within the Blue Hills Reservation. This walk on one of the less commonly traveled trails will provide you and your pup with peace and relaxation, all within a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visit during fall to enjoy the beautiful autumn colors reflected on the lake.

From the parking lot, stop at the kiosk to examine a good map of the reservation. Continue to the right of the buildings on a paved road lined with large maple trees. Fittingly named the “Avenue of Maples,” this road is not open to traffic, but watch out for an occasional golf cart. At the end of the road, turn right and walk through a gate onto a smooth dirt path. Green disks mark this trail as it travels around the circumference of the pond.

©  Jenna Ringelheim/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Canton
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Department of Conservation and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Norwood
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Hills Reservation: Ponkapoag Pond

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