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Enjoy a short stroll to a hilltop overlook and explore trails adjacent to wetlands and rocky outcroppings.
Wilson Mountain Reservation Professional Review and Guide
"Enjoy a short stroll to a hilltop overlook and explore trails adjacent to wetlands and rocky outcroppings."
--Michael Tougias, AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
More Wilson Mountain Reservation Professional Reviews and Guides
"Rise quickly through thick pine groves high up onto a ridge with Boston skyline views. This route has some challenging rock scrambles leading to the overlook, but a high percentage of the trail surface is level and wide.You’ll quickly pass a blue-blazed trail to your right near the trailhead, but continue straight on a level, red-blazed access road through a mixed forest of pine and deciduous growth. Turn right upon reaching a split in the trail, passing into a thick pine grove now gradually climbing on a trail bed blanketed with pine needles. The trail gets more rugged as you wind up through rock outcroppings. If local residents hadn’t joined forces and petitioned the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to preserve this ridgeline as open space back in 1994, the forest would now be suburban tract housing."
--Steve Mirsky, Best Hikes Near Boston (Falcon Guides).
"With over 200 wooded acres, Wilson Mountain Reservation’s shaded trails, rocky outcroppings, and streams make it an ideal place to bring your dog for a hike. Protected in the mid-1990s from development, this reservation is one of the largest open spaces in the town of Dedham. The Department of Conservation and Recreation has marked two loop trails here. The 0.75-mile red-blazed loop circles Wilson Mountain in the northeast section of the property. The 2-mile green-blazed loop meanders along a stream and through a swamp before joining the red-blazed trail back to the reservation entrance."
--Jenna Ringelheim, Best Hikes With Dogs Boston & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"Tall enough to befit its name yet accessible to hikers of all abilities, the 295-foot Wilson Mountain is minutes away from the center of Boston’s neighbor, Dedham. Following a trail that loops around the mountain’s base then climbs to its rocky peak, you will enjoy peaceful woods, gurgling streams, and a meadow that at the height of summer is resplendent with wildflowers and butterflies.
To get to the network of trails that traverse the 207 acres of the Wilson Mountain Reservation, head uphill from the parking lot, following the wide, gravel-topped path into woods. This is a good family hike."
--Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press).
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