Blue Hills Reservation

Milton, Massachusetts 2186

Blue Hills Reservation

Blue Hills Reservation Professional Review and Guide

"At this 7,000-acre open space south of Boston proper, some 100 miles of interlocking trails offer visitors a plethora of hike options. The skyline hills prove natural destinations and centerpieces for loop travel. The selected three hikes hint at the discovery and challenge found at this superb urban wild—a Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) property.

There is an admission fee to Trailside Museum (a Massachusetts Audubon facility). Keep pets leashed. Carry a map to sort out the numbered trail intersections and unnamed trails and to track the progress of the color-blazed trails."

Blue Hills Reservation Reviews

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9/25/2009
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.
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6/14/2009
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.
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9/14/2007
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.
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12/27/2006
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.
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7/12/2005
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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8/21/2004
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4/3/2004
I've been going to the Blue Hills once or twice each week for the last 3 years. It's truly my refuge from life in the city, and I don't know if I'd survive without it! For a park area so close to town, there are trails for everyone, from easy walks in the woods and around ponds to heart-pumping day hikes. There's also some nice rock climbing at Rattlsnake Rocks.
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11/23/2002
Blue Hills is a GEM!!! To have the freedom to enjoy nature so close to a major city is the grandest therapy to cure all. I frequent the trails on a weekly basis and the scenery is always new and more enjoyable.
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10/17/2002
Recently I took my 10 year old and 5 of his pals for a 1/2 day trip into Boston for shopping and sights. On the way home we had some time and walked Tucker Trail in the Blue Hills. It was the perfect ending to the day. The kids loved it, and the colors were beautiful. We came across a few hikers on the trail, but their was plenty of room for them to explore, run and see nature at its best this time of year! After spending the day in the city, they really appreciated the day in the woods with mother nature in all her glory. And theirs no better way to wear out a group of 10 year olds!! I would recommend this hike for families with children of all ages. Its just long enough to remind you how beautiful your own back yard can be!
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Trail Information

Milton
Nearby City
4.5
Distance
360 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Year-round, spring through fall for hiking. Trails: dawn to 8PM.
Season
Blue Hills Reservation Headquarters, 617-698-1802
Local Contacts
Reservation map; purchase at Trailside Museum or from the map dispenser on the front porch of the headquarters.
Local Maps