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

Open from dawn to dusk year round. Wilson Mountain was acquired in 1995. Its 213 Acres protect diverse wildlife habitat and important recreational open space. The property provides panoramic views of Boston and the Blue Hills and is the largest remaining piece of open space in Dedham.

Quick mini hike with the pup. Lots of families and pups today. 37 degrees (feels like 28). Bit mucky from recent rain.

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muddy
rocky
18 days ago

I never knew there was a mountain or trail in Dedham and so glad I found it. Great easy trail, rocky at times, with streams and wooden bridges to walk over and plenty of boulders to climb. Great for dogs and kids (no strollers).

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

very nice little trail. if you take the blue trail about a third of the way around you will reach the red trail to the top of the hill. there's a large Boulder near the peak that you can easily climb for some nice views. there's currently so few leaves on the trees that you an actually see quite far out. the trail is pretty easy but very rocky with lots of roots.

very nice park but very many people.

Anyone looking for views should go elsewhere, it’s got no views, nice walk though and a bit of a challenge for someone who has never hiked

Great trail! Worth another visit!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail but lots of roots and rocks

hiking
3 months ago

Not well marked on red trail in center otherwise very pleasant walk

Easy but pretty boring, lots of obstacles that make it difficult to find a good pace or groove

Didn't read this well and was looking for the trail: there isn't, it's a kayak route. Just saying. Went back to do the Newbridge on the Charles gravel path after I had already done the Wilson Park.

4 stars. It's not a difficult route, but hard to get in a good rythm: many tree roots, rocks, and more ramps than I expected (which is not a bad thing). I did enjoy doing it even so. The park is relatively small. 4 miles to do all of the available trails and only double a few stretches. However, one can extend by crossing the street, taking the Newbridge on the Charles gravel path and even going up the old bridge and continuing into Cutler Park. Combine it all into one big 18 mile trail if you like (still need to do that one)

This was an OK trail. You can hear road noise for a lot of it. Most of the trail is well-marked, but in a few places it’s a little deceptive. Luckily no real consequence of going far off trail given the overall area is relatively small. Lots of mosquitos. Lots of soft forest beds from all the pine needles that drop. A few fallen trees crossed the trail. We went on 9/21/19 and the biggest problem was PEOPLE NOT LEASHING THEIR DOGS. In the 1.5 hours we were hiking / eating lunch, we probably crossed paths with 10 unleashed dogs. Two of them were larger retrievers that were not well-trained and went crazy trying to eat our food while we were sitting down for lunch. One ate the bread our three-year-old toddler was eating right out of her hand, and it looked like it was devouring her hand. I was horrified, but luckily it did not break skin. Completely unacceptable behavior from dog owners, especially because there are large signs in the parking lot requiring all dogs be leashed. Would take toddlers elsewhere.

I walked on this trail several times, but can never follow the trail markings consistently. Others say that it is well marked, but it really isn’t. I end up at the roads very often, and can never complete the loop. Will keep trying!

A great little hike with the family. It has Ups, downs, bridges and ponds. Highly recommend.

Nice hike for what it is. Very well marked and signed. Spur trails across center are more enjoyable.

It’s a easy trail, a quick 45 minutes before work. This time of the year the spike on my hiking boots are great as it covered in icy and snow. I love it in the summer also if I have a couple of hours off in the afternoon or early evening . Gets a little buggy and you need to like dogs as many roam free.95% of them are well behaved but a couple of time last year I felt scared of two different dogs and was not please with how the owner handled the situation. It’s a place I love to go any season.... the mushroom are fun to shoot as a photographer I always see something new and fun to capture.... It’s easy and at the same time a good workout

We went up the hills with dogs and it was nice.

Nice little trail. A good amount up hill. Gets your heart rate up, which I like. Tiny parking lot, but there is some street parking.

Went morning weekday it was fairly empty. A lot of trails off the main one and it had nice changes in elevation.

Great trail! There are a lot of cool glacial rock formations, and there is one part where you go over a bridge through a swap that was lots of fun.

literally noone leashes their dogs 1 girl didnt even have a leash for hers was really annoyed with all the dogs coming up to mine when i clearly didnt want them to even cut my hand trying to keep my dog back. otherwise a very nice hike.

Parked at main lot then started clockwise up behind Northeastern Field. Bushwacked around a bit then got on trail up to Westfield Street. Continued on quiet Westfield St to entry point near Water Tower. Checked out the Water Tower then came down to Blue trail and marked vista point and Wilson Mtn summit as waypoints. A nice property.

walking
Sun Apr 08 2018

good trail, friendly dogs!

Good Short hike. Right by Dedham dog park. So you can easily combine the two.

Nice lunch break walk! My husband took it nicely-he is 6 month post-op hip replacement and took it easily.

To be totally honest, I don't do this exact trail. I kayak the up-river section of this and start and finish at the Dolan Center. I also do the water trail loop that is about 6.7 miles long (roughly 4hrs). The loop covers this trail and then some. It is a nice little place. I also have taken a SUP over this area. The current is not too strong (sometimes in the spring it is stronger but still not that strong).The river is not deep in this area (a few inches to 5 feet). I bring my dog out with me and he likes to swim along side me (he does wear a life vest) and it is shallow enough that he mixes swimming and wading.I tend only do the loop in the spring because the section called the Long Ditch gets very shallow in the summer. I go downstream when doing the loop so that the ditch is the only part that is upstream. There are some fish in the river. I've seen some success fishing( I personally don't fish). There are snapping turtles around here so FYI. The Charles is also popular with beavers and deer. Lots of ducks and geese and the occasional Great Blue Herring. The parking lot at the launch is down the hill from the community center. In the spring/summer, there are baseball games at the field right beside the parking lot so it can be really busy (technically only vehicles with rooftop racks are allowed to park down there but that is never enforced). There are rentals provided through the town of Dedham of canoes and kayaks. Check out their website for more info on that. On the weekends, LL Bean runs a discovery school out of the Dolan Center launch. It can be busy depending on the class sizes. From the launching parking lot, there is also a little trail off to the side. It is an easy trail. The dog loves it. If you follow it, it can lead to either New Bridge on the Charles's trails or a street and on the other side of the street is Wilson Mountain.

My dog loves this place in the summer. There is a little watering hole that a lot of people take their dogs swimming in. Technically, dogs have to be on leash but at this spot no one really cares as long as the dogs are behaving. I've been going here for years and only had one issue with the leash. Lots of little trails to go on. Nothing is too difficult.

hiking
Sat Jun 18 2016

Enchanting hike through pine and deciduous forest. I felt like I was in New Hampshire. The trails are are well-marked and there are lots of roots coming through in spots. the only downside was hearing the traffic going by on a nearby road for some of the hike. Lots of birds and mosquitoes so bring your bug spray.

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