Great Blue Hill

Norwood, Massachusetts

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The highest point in the 7000-acre Blue Hills Reservation, Great Blue Hill offers expansive views east to the Atlantic Ocean, north to the Boston skyline, and west across the hills and ponds of southeastern New England. The Blue Hills, named by European sailors who spotted their rolling silhouettes on the horizon, were home to generations of Native American inhabitants. In fact, Massachusetts means “people of the great hills.” After centuries of European settlement, the state decided to acquire the hilly terrain in 1893 and set it aside as one of Massachusetts’ first public outdoor recreational areas. Today, the popular reservation, less than 10 miles from downtown Boston, offers more than 125 miles of hiking trails. This 3.4-mile loop is a rocky, challenging introduction to an area that begs further exploration.

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"The highest point in the 7000-acre Blue Hills Reservation, Great Blue Hill offers expansive views east to the Atlantic Ocean, north to the Boston skyline, and west across the hills and ponds of southeastern New England. The Blue Hills, named by European sailors who spotted their rolling silhouettes on the horizon, were home to generations of Native American inhabitants. In fact, Massachusetts means “people of the great hills.” After centuries of European settlement, the state decided to acquire the hilly terrain in 1893 and set it aside as one of Massachusetts’ first public outdoor recreational areas. Today, the popular reservation, less than 10 miles from downtown Boston, offers more than 125 miles of hiking trails. This 3.4-mile loop is a rocky, challenging introduction to an area that begs further exploration."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Norwood
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS: Norwood, MA

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Jun 2018