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Blue Hills Reservation

695 Hillside Street

The Blue Hills were so named by early European explorers who, while sailing along the coastline, noticed the bluish hue on the slopes when viewed from a distance. More than ten thousand years before those Europeans arrived, Native Americans made their home in the hills. The Natives referred to themselves as Massachusett, or "people of the great hills". Eventually the Europeans began settling in this region. The colonists built houses and barns, cleared fields for crops and livestock and logged the hillsides for lumber.

In 1893, the Metropolitan Parks Commission purchased the lands of Blue Hills Reservation as one of the first areas set aside for public recreation. Today, the reservation is rich in both archaeological and historic resources. Sixteen historic structures listed on the National Register tell the fascinating tales of Native Americans, explorers, farmers, quarry workers and inventors. Additionally the Blue Hills Weather Observatory, a National Historic Landmark, sits atop Great Blue Hill, as a crowning feature.

The living treasures of the Blue Hills include flora, fauna and natural phenomena - from coyotes to copperheads, dogwoods to lady's slippers, and turkey vultures to dragonflies. Trails traverse upland and bottomland forests, marsh, swamp and pond edges, meadows and an Atlantic white cedar bog. A great variety of plant and animal life thrive in the diverse habitats, including several rare and endangered species in Massachusetts, such as the timber rattlesnake.


Naomi Miller

Monday, June 11, 2018
Great place for hiking near Boston. Clean and well maintained trails. We hiked the Great Blue Hill trail and the view from the top was rewarding. There is also a weather station at the top that you should visit if you are on that track, personnel is very knowledgeable and friendly.

Kane DiMasso-Scott

Sunday, June 24, 2018
A great place to hike 25 minutes out of the city; there are trails for cyclists, runners, walkers, and it's dog friendly. It is very hilly though, so expect to be going up and down a lot of 300-500ft hills on the lighter side. The highest is about 1,200, and steep. These photos are from the skyline trail, Boston view from Buck Hill.

Amanda Gates

Friday, May 18, 2018
Great hiking with very doable difficulty. View is great and the paths are great and exciting! BUT, poorly marked trails! Maps can only be so helpful if the paths continuously intersect and there aren’t any upkept markers.

Himi Raina

Friday, July 13, 2018
If you don't have time to drive up North, this is a great place to come. Beautiful forests and scenic summits.

Jennifer Voitle

Friday, March 30, 2018
Beautiful views and well marked trails with lots of variety. Though it is very close to civilization, once you are on the trails you just hear the birds and running streams. You can't get bored here, around each turn there's something interesting to see.

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