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Blue Hills Reservation is a 6000 acre state park located only 10 miles south of downtown Boston, covering parts of Quincy, Canton, Braintree, Milton, Dedham, and Randolph. It's one of the largest parcels of undeveloped recreation land within the Boston area. A vast network of multi-use trails offers a variety of year-round activities including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and cross-country skiing. The varied terrain includes wetlands and forests, and the rolling hills provide access to great views. From from mid-December to mid-March you can do downhill skiing at the beginner-friendly Blue Hills Ski Area. In the park you can also find the Blue Hills Trailside museum, offering both indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. This museum is affiliated with the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Parking is available across the street from the Reservation Headquarters on Hillside Street, or at the parking lot at Houghton's Pond.

The view was worth the hike

Great walk on this beautiful day!

Always an enjoyable day on this trail.

Great walk! If anyone finds a Fitbit along the trail please let Me know here!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy, Peaceful Walk. It can, at times, be a bit crowded and there’s always the doggie “land mines” to look out for. Most people do pick up after themselves though.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail in the wintertime following a snowfall and was not disappointed. Tough to believe you can find a serene landscape like this tucked inside the I-95 corridor! Great views and well-marked trails, with a few rocky/scrambling areas and several challenging inclines and descents. Good footwear is a must. Will hike the longer variation next!

a Must do

hiking
2 months ago

Kids friendly. Wear good shoes

Very well marked trail. plenty of elevation gain to keep your legs busy and mind focused. a good shoe is a must as many parts of the trail have steep incline and declines on Rocky and jagged terrian.

Walked the red trail to back hill yesterday. Great hike , just wish the trail around the blue hills were better marked.

love walking the pond. great easy hike.

Great for a nice easy relaxing hike. 10 min walk from Peekskill station

trail running
3 months ago

A great area! Parked in the Ponkapoag Golf Course parking lot off Rt. 138 and started down the cart path thru the course. Went over the dam then took the horse trail straight over to Route 24. Checked out the Bowley Bridge overpass then proceeded north to Duck Pond. Then headed down to the AMC camp and the beach, nice! THE HIGHLIGHT WAS WALKING THE BABCOCK BOG BOARDWALK ALL THE WAY TO THE POND (last time I was here it was too wet). Enjoyed the views there then returned through the golf course. This is a great route! Enjoy!

Magnificent trail

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! The trail starts just behind the headquarters buildings, and we parked across the street. We finished the whole loop in 2.5 hours, including some time spent at the weather observatory and taking pictures. Elliot Tower is closed for renovations currently, but the weather observatory gives you a view of the skyline for a $3 fee. We completed the loop counter clockwise, but I agree with previous reviews that clockwise is probably more enjoyable, as we had to go down a lot of rocks on the way back. Overall, great way to spend the morning!

walking
3 months ago

I hiked Ponkapoag Pond Trail during the last weekend of October with several members of my family and one dog. The trail was wonderful for a hiking beginner like myself and was easy enough for my mother who has an injured knee. The views of the pond and the Blue Hills were spectacular, especially with the foliage. I was pleasantly surprised by how quiet the trail was for a beautiful Fall Saturday afternoon, particularly compared to how busy some other trails have been in the area this Fall. The few people who we did pass along the way were friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as we were! We will absolutely return to this trail, but I think there were a few downsides worth pointing out. As others have said in reviews, there was a lot of horse poop - so much that I felt like I was spending more time looking down at the trail than at the picturesque surroundings. The parking lot entrance near the boat ramp was not well-labeled and both of our cars initially passed the entrance and needed to turn around, and the lot was not paved or well-cleared. We didn’t have much issue parking, but other cars seemed to struggle around exposed rocks. There were a couple of times along the trail that we needed to pull out All Trails and check the map, even needing to backtrack at one point - the loop isn’t always clearly defined. Without a map to reference along the way, I can imagine I would have been frustrated. Overall, a great experience. 4/5.

hiking
3 months ago

Great short hike, brought my dog she loved it. Nice and tuckered out by the end! Would definitely do this tail again.

Always a good loop. short but nice.

Beautiful views of southern Mass. It is not for a beginner or someone with knee or hip problems. You will be going up steep rocks. Wear good shoes. Little rocks jut out on the trail like crazy. It is a great trail and though I wouldn’t exactly call it easy. It also isn’t for a beginner. If you’re afraid of heights stay away from the cliff. It’s a strait drop down. You will only need a bottle of water and your music blasting with the woods all around you. Nothing special needed for this trail. You will love it. Kids can do it but they will need a lot of help.

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