Invasion of the Gypsy Moths!

The winter is a great time to take steps to control caterpillars that cover your lawn and eat the trees in your yard – and in the Blue Hills.  See the video – and come to the event this Saturday at the Wakefield Estate to help control caterpillars in the Blue Hills!

Get Your Kids Outside!

Your kids will get more than just fresh air when they visit the Blue Hills!  On this week’s Blue Hills A-Live, learn about the benefits of taking your kids to the Blue Hills (and to any natural area)!


Six Things to Do Before Taking Your Dog to the Blue Hills

By Melissa Nelson

Bella and I have been hiking the trails in the Blue Hills Reservation often since August, and boy have we learned a lot since we started. One thing we learned is that preparation is the key to having a good time and avoiding trouble. Here’s how we prepare for our hikes.

1.   Know your dog

When going through puppy training with Bella, I soon learned that she is a forger, meaning she will almost always be trying to lead the way while on leash. She’s a muscular pup, so sometimes her pulling makes it uncomfortable to walk […]

Making Dangerous Crossings Safer on the Skyline Trail

The Skyline trail is a favorite among many hikers, stretching from one end to the other in the Blue Hills Reservation. To hike this trail from end-to-end means crossing some high traffic roads that can be dangerous—particularly Routes 28 and 138. In this week’s episode of “Blue Hills A-Live,” Canton Selectman Mark Porter reveals some of the challenges and potential solutions to these dangerous crossings.

Mark Porter discusses the challenges of making the Skyline saferRead about the challenges (or watch to the video above!)

The great news is that thanks to all your advocacy and working […]

Two Challenges of Making Safer Crossings on the Skyline Trail

When hikers try to cross the highways while following the Skyline Trail, they must face traffic and speedy cars.  Here are two of the biggest reasons why improving these crossings is challenging.  (But challenges that are can certainly be overcome!)

  1. Too Many Cooks (or rather government agencies…)  One of the biggest challenges to creating a safer crossing is that the highways and the land surrounding the highways are owned and maintained by different government agencies. The Blue Hills Reservation is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the roads themselves are maintained by the Department of […]

Tips for Dog Walking in the Blue Hills

The Blue Hills is a great place to take your dog, but according to Melissa Nelson, you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you follow a few simple tips.


To read more about bringing your dog to the Blue Hills, check out Six Things To Do Before Taking Your Dog to the Blue Hills!

Winter Biking… the unusual winter sport

Steve Cobble, avid all-weather biker, gives tips on mountain biking in the Blue Hills… especially in the winter!





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 4001 Washington St, Canton

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 (which starts at 7pm) 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 […]

Tips for Winter Hiking

This Week on Blue Hills A-Live, your weekly guide to the Blue Hills, Steve Olanoff gives tips for keeping warm when you’re hiking in this chilly weather…  You’ll also hear a little-known tidbit about Hancock Hill.  (Do you know who use to own it?)



What You’ll Learn on the Weekly Blue Hills A-Live

Join us each week for Blue Hills A-Live, your weekly Facebook Live Guide to the Blue Hills!  Find us each week on Facebook, Thursdays at noon.  You can ask questions, add your comments… and enjoy the Blue Hills community!

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This Thursday, January 11, at noon, you’ll hear from experienced hike leader Steve Olanoff about how to get the most out of winter hiking. 

Guests in the upcoming weeks will explore a host of topics, including:

  • The uncommon winter sport:  fat-tire biking
  • Tips for hiking with your dog
  • How […]

Thank You!

A big thank you to YOU and the nearly 300 people who donated to the Blue Hills Forever Fund and helped  raise $$22,655!  Thank you for supporting the Blue Hills!

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 […]

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.