Great Blue Hill

Norwood, Massachusetts 02062

Great Blue Hill

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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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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"Climbing to the summit of Great Blue Hill has been popular since colonial days, although there are quite a few more hikers today than there were 200 years ago. Bostonians flock to the 7000-acre Blue Hills Reservation with its 125 miles of trails; it is the largest undeveloped parcel of land within 35 miles of Boston. The route described here entails a moderately challenging ascent with a rewarding view of the city from atop the summit’s stone tower. Kids will thrill to the rocky scramble up and down the mountain while adults scan the tremendous vistas on the upper portion for familiar landmarks." Read more

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Great hike for the Bostonians! It is a quick trail that runs over acouple hills. Good workout if you step it up. Nice views of downtown.

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3 hours
USGS: Norwood, MA
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Dec 2018