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Houghton's Pond Recreation Area is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Milton, Massachusetts that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 16 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

The Houghtons Pond Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational activities, including swimming, fishing, picnicking , and hiking as well as a playground, concession pavilion, and Visitors Center. Located only minutes from the bustle of downtown Boston, the DCR Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, Milton to Randolph, providing a green oasis in an urban environment. With its scenic views, varied terrain and 125 miles of trails, the Blue Hills Reservation offers year-round enjoyment for the outdoor enthusiast.

Blue Hills Reservation at (617) 698-1802 or the 24-hour radio dispatch at (508) 820-1428.

By car: From Route 93, take exit 3 (Houghton's Pond, Ponkapoag Trail exit) from Rte. 93. Follow the signs to Houghton's Pond. By public transportation: MBTA: The Great Blue Hill and Houghtons Pond sections are accessible from the Red Line's Ashmont Station. From Ashmont, take the trolly to Mattapan. The Canton and Blue Hills bus services the Trailside Museum and Great Blue Hill on Route 138. For the Houghtons Pond area, exit the bus at Blue Hill River Road. Cross the road and walk one mile east on Hillside Street. For directions to other areas of the reservation, please call (617) 698-1802.

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Isaiah Freedman
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Hiking

Nice easy trail around Houghton Pond, and a nice climb up to the top of Great Blue Hill!

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Danielle M
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Hiking

Easy trail with nice views of the pond.

Khendra Davis
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Hiking

Nice for an quick hike. Super easy and the pond is a great place if you want to a dip when you’re done!

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Angel Williams
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Hiking

Nice short trail around the lake to do with children. Well marked with yellow blazes

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Zach Hall
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Hiking

Loved this hike!

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Connor Davy
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Hiking

Short easy loop. Very pretty and fairly quiet on a weekday at 8am.

Michael Kuttner
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Backpacking

Very short and flat. Nice for a relaxing walk or to sit at the waterfront and enjoy the nice weather and the freedom we have because of our brave military. God bless USA Happy trailing!!!

Pratish Shetty
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Not enough trash bin ! People end up Throwing dog poop bags on the trail or don’t pick up after their dogs. Great for family ! Very crowded over the weekends. But if your looking for a short easy hike, this one is worth it.

Maya Milic-Strkalj
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Walking

Short flat walk with pretty views of the pond.

Jodi Rubin
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Hiking

Great trail with 5 different picnic sites, playground, restrooms in visitors center (no portapotties!) and beach. Mine was a quick solo hike, but saw lots of dogs and kids along the way.

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Mark Spring
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Hiking

Nice calm half hour trail. Heavily packed with people but never congested. Super fun 5/5

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Sebastian Rivas
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Hiking

quick and easy

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Brian Deery
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Hiking

Good with kids

AJ Silvestrini
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Hiking

Wide and clear fairly easy not very rocky. Excellent to do with kids.

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Viveca Santisteban
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HikingRocky

Incredibly easy, family-friendly, dog-friendly, walk around the pond. There were alot of people, but not crowded. Only took us about 30 minutes.

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Ed Keselman
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Hiking

Always a good loop. short but nice.

Danielle Vendetti
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Another perfect kid/dog friendly trail.

Ed Keselman
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Hiking

Nice short loop.

Stephanie Potter
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nice walk

Kristin Griffiths
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First to Review

Easy scenic walk with the dog. We do this trail a lot in the nice weather!

Alex Henderson
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Patrick Smith
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Mike P.
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Jenna O.
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