Join us for the Winter Fest!

Beat the Winter Blues at Winter Fest! Tuesday, February 27 From 5-8 p.m. at Blue Hills Ski Area

Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area for an evening of winter fun at Winter Fest! Come for a night hike or get your exercise on the slopes downhill skiing. Whether or not you choose the outdoor activities, there is plenty of inside fun too: you can tap your feet to the spirited Irish tunes of Songs for Ceilidh, taste chili from some of the best local restaurants, entertain the kids with crafts, and warm up […]

Blue Hills Reservation 27th Annual First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes Blue Hills Wildlife: noon – 1 pm Hot cocoa & snacks for sale Three DCR Ranger-led Hikes at 1 pm Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St, Milton, MA

Join the “Granddaddy of First Day Hikes” and celebrate New Year’s Day in the Blue Hills. From noon to 1 pm, visit with live wildlife from the Trailside Museum, purchase a cup of hot cocoa or a snack from the Venture Scouts, share some holiday cheer by the warming fire, and then stretch your legs on one of three easy to moderate guided hikes which all depart […]

Job Posting: Part-time Social Media Assistant

Friends of the Blue Hills Social Media Assistant

The Friends of the Blue Hills is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Blue Hills Reservation in its natural state and serves as a watchdog of activities that might adversely affect it.  To accomplish this we: 1) Advocate for actions that will enhance the Reservation; 2) Encourage involvement in the protection and preservation of the Reservation by all users; 3) Guide enthusiasts in exploring the nearby remoteness of the BHR through educational, historical, and nature hikes; and 4) Work with the Massachusetts DCR to maintain the quality of the […]

Re-buliding History at Brookwood Farm

Steven O’Shaughnessy, an expert in preservation carpentry from North Bennet Street School, describes some of the rich history of Brookwood Farm.

Toy Collection Ride

Blue Hills A-Live Sign Up!

Action Alert: Protect Parkland

As we know from our experiences with losing land in the Blue Hills, it is far too easy to lose parkland to private interests.

The Public Lands Preservation Act would help protect the Blue Hills and all public open space from the caprices of legislators and developers.   The Environment Committee recently issued a favorable report for PLPA, and it is now before the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, chaired by Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland).

Please help prevent the destruction of future parkland by contacting your state senator and asking him or her to urge the chair of the Senate […]

Sound Map of the Blue Hills

Last fall, dozens of Friends’ volunteers recorded noise levels in the Blue Hills.  Volunteers emailed the noise data to Boston University researchers who created a noise map of a portion of the Blue Hills.  (See below.)

The Boston University research team was led by Professor Richard Primack and doctoral student Lucy Zipf.

According to recent studies, scientists have found increasing evidence that noise pollution is harmful to the health of both humans and wildlife.

Volunteers used new cutting-edge technology that makes sound monitoring more affordable and easier to use.  In the past, recording sound in such a large area would have been cost prohibitive […]

Traffic Advisory Related to Controlled Deer Hunt

DCR Traffic Advisory: Blue Hills State Reservation in Milton

 WHAT:          On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Thursday, November 30, 2017, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and Thursday, December 7, 2017, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will institute road closures within the Blue Hills State Reservation in the Town of Milton to accommodate a controlled deer hunt. Chickatawbut Road, between Route 28 and Route 37, and Wampatuck Road, between Chickatawbut Road and Route 37, will be closed to all vehicle traffic between the hours of 12:00AM and 6:00PM. Traffic patterns and detours will be clearly marked.

 WHERE:       Chickatawbut Road between Route […]

Help Clean Up the Skyline

Help Clean Up the Skyline Saturday, December 9, 10 am

Want to walk, talk and help the Blue Hills?  Join volunteers from the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Appalachian Mountain Club to pick up trash along the Skyline Trail!

Email for meeting location and time.


Photo credit: Mark Lotterhand

#OptOutside at Houghton’s Pond

Friday, November 24, 10am Visitors Center at Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside Street in Milton

The Friends of the Blue Hills has once again joined REI’s #OptOutside campaign to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors on Friday, November 24. Rather than spend the day at the mall shopping on Black Friday, you can work off a little of that big Thanksgiving turkey dinner while enjoying the spectacular nature in the Blue Hills Reservation!

We will meet at the Visitors Center at Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside Street in Milton, at 10 a.m.  We will hike around Houghton’s Pond with an optional self-guided loop […]

Hidden Creatures of the Blue Hills

Hidden under leaves and on trees, are fascinating creatures…  snake-mimics and… bird-poop mimics.  Sam Jaffe shows all.

Sneak Peek at the Eustis Estate

The Eustis Estate sits right next to the Blue Hills…  come to the Annual Celebration this Thursday, October 5th to learn how.  And watch the video with Peter Gittleman to get  insights into the Eustis Estate and it’s rich history.

Want to hike the Blue Hills, but don't know where to begin? Click here for recommendations to the best hiking near Boston. If you're interested in hiking Boston and Boston hiking, the Blue Hills Reservation offers great hikes near Boston. If you want to go hiking around Boston, be sure to check our suggested Boston hikes in the Blue Hills. The Blue Hills also offers a good place to find a South Shore MA mountain biking trail and you'll enjoy great Boston birding and birding near Boston. You'll also find a great swimming hole south of Boston at the Blue Hills Reservation and in general, great family fun South Shore.