Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Blue Hills Reservation with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fine if you can't get out of the city, nice little wood. But it is crowed

This is an awesome not so trafficked trail, making you feel like you’re hiking in a remote area until you reach one of the small summits and see the city skyline reminding you’re not far from Boston at all.

Good quick hike, couple hours. The weather tower was the highlight.

hiking
25 days ago

I took my dog and it was a great hike! Perfect weather. A lot of people and there were a good amount of friendly dogs! One of my favorites in Mass!

Good workout in a relatively short amount of time. Trail is well maintained and there are some nice views at the top. Tends to be very crowded.

Parked on Randolph Ave and headed up Hawk Hill. Continued easterly to Barberry Bush Trail and the Great Cedar Swamp. Bushwacked a bit over to the direct route up Kitchamakin Hill. Turned westerly over Fenno Hill to Chickatawbut peak. Continued by the Education Center then headed down the Skyline Trail back to my car. This is a terrific trek and property. Just do it!

This was my first time at Blue Hills. It’s beautiful! While not all of this trail was marked great the trails were still pretty easy to follow. Only a few times did I lose the trail but easily picked it back up. My dog came with and he absolutely loves exploring! It was a pretty good hike for him too, nothing too difficult for him. He’s a small 25lb Pup that has no problem scaling large rocks. You could start to see some new life in the trees. I can’t wait to come back in a few weeks to see how much it’s grown in!

beautiful views. Rocky.
difficult in winter.

Not too hard.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike, kinda crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

The view was worth the hike

hiking
5 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!

hiking
5 months ago

Kids friendly. Wear good shoes

Magnificent trail

hiking
6 months ago

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

Start on Skyline Trail South to the Elliot Tower and finish Skyline Trail North. All the views will be near the end of the hike, about 3/4 of the way through, which is way more rewarding. If you go counterclockwise, you'll see all the views at the beginning then nothing but trails for the majority of the way. Fun hike!

on Great Blue Hill Trail

hiking
8 months ago

it was a beautiful veiw. it a must see.cant wait to see it in the fall

The trail across Hawk Hill is unmarked and easy to lose particularly at the rock scramble. Would stick to well worn/marked trails unless you're feeling adventurous.

8 months ago

Great moderate climb. Well marked trail with beautiful views.

beautiful hike me and my famiky were so happy to be together. i love them so much. best day ever. i wish dad was still alive

Quick yet challenging hike. Great if you are in the mood to get outdoors and hike but are short on time. The hike starts off very moderate and then gradually gets harder, but nothing to difficult!

A nice rocky clime either way you approach Rattlesnake Hill to the top with a cut out over looking tree tops and a 360 degree view.

Wampatuck Hill is somewhat rocky with a longer clime than Rattlesnake Hill.

Best trail in the area in my opinion. Playful trek with a rolling accent to the tower. Lots of rocks to test stability and tree coverage for protection from wind and sun. Little creek crossing on the way down when there has been recent rain. Can be slippery and icy. 90 mins round trip if fit. Can take up to 3 hours for a novice. The inclines can be challenging for newbies so set expectations for those joining you.

hiking
10 months ago

Despite it being listed at hard, it is far from challenging for anyone hiking the blue hills. The terrain is mostly level, with a few crossovers onto the skyline trail and the red trail from trailside to great blue.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike. We did the Trail counterclockwise and found a lot of steep downhills scrambling down rocks. The next time we will do it clockwise. The 3.4 miles took a couple of hours.

Great trail, but prepare for all the rocks. It was fairly crowded today (a beautiful Sunday) so not the trail to seek solitude. I also recommend once getting to the tower to deviate about 1/4 a mile down the skyline trail toward the weather observatory there is a beautiful view there.

hiking
11 months ago

Blue Hills is a mixed bag. The area is sprawling, gorgeous, and provides a lot of options. However, I think the more difficult trails are under-ranked – that is, 'moderate' should be 'difficult'. But more importantly, their overall mapping and wayfinding is subpar. Between the poor markings and the pleasant but sometimes clueless onsite employees, hikers really need to do thorough homework beforehand. Once you've rolling though, it's great.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Great hike for us and the dog! Challenging for a moderate trail given certain rocky inclines. The mosquitos were brutal though. And the best views are at the start of the hike.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Nice easy hike to prepare you for more challenging hikes as the season progresses. Good hike to take the dogs on.

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