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Randolph - Blue Hills Reservation

695 Hillside Street
617-698-1802

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.



Reviews

Jennifer Voitle

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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.

Richie Treanor

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Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Lucky to have this space so close to the city. Took it for granted when it was essentially my back yard growing up. Hiking, biking, skiing (I guess), all minutes from the city. I've hiked in the Colorado Rockies, Peruvian Andes, Nepalese Himalayas, the Alps, the rugged terrain of Afghanistan, and of course all over the white mountains. A day in the blue hills charging up and down the skyline trail is as challenging as any hike you can find anywhere. A great place to train if you can't get to NH, but it's also pretty beautiful in its own right. If you take the skyline trail to its northernmost point past Little Blue, you can explore an empty spur of highway from the planned/abandoned I-95 route through Boston.

Patrick Leaver

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Friday, April 13, 2018
Very well kept trails that go for miles and miles with numerous views of the Boston skyline and surrounding. Could easily spend 1 hour or 10 hours exploring all if the trails

Pinank Pandya

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Sunday, April 1, 2018
The hike is moderate level and I would recommend it as it’s worth to have a wonderful Boston skyline view from top. You can actually bring some snacks and enjoy there in a sunny day.

Michael Scibelli

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Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
I hike here several times a week. I always enjoy my time here. It's what keeps me sane. You see, I'm from the 413, where there is real woods. I have hiked about 90% of the trails here and I like them all. You have trails for all skill levels. Whenever I go I usually plan a loop. I also highly recommend packing a lunch and hiking the whole skyline trail. It's great! The only issue I've had with the blue hills is the amount of trash in the woods around the headquarters. I'm usually the guy to pick up trash I see on the trail anywhere I go but not this trash, this was gross city trash. All in all, I love the blue hills. It's a great spot.

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