Walks will be led by DCR park staff or a Walking Club volunteer leader.
Moderate walk, some hills. Walk a 4 mile loop around Ponkapoag Pond on the green dot trail.
Meet at the Ponkapoag Golf Course parking lot at 2167 Washington St. in Canton. For info, call 617-727-4573, x4.
Things to know before you go
- Wear sturdy footgear and dress in layers for maximum comfort
- Sunscreen and bug spray recommended
- Carry drinking water on all hikes
- We will hike unless the weather creates unsafe conditions
- If wind and weather conditions are questionable, please call the park contact directly for cancellation updates.
What could be more spectacular than fall foliage? Viewing this foliage from the top of Great Blue as the sun sets! Enjoy the season’s finest colors from the summit of the region’s highest hill.
On Saturday, October 26, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Friends of the Blue Hills and Blue Hill Ski will be sponsoring a free hike to the top of Great Blue. Complimentary hot cider and apples will be served at the top of the mountain, and hikers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at the summit. Sunset will be at approximately 5:47 p.m. This is a self-guided hike, so arrive anytime.
This is the only opportunity to hike down Great Blue at night. After sunset, the ski area lights will be on to guide the way. For safety reasons, all hikers should check in at the ski area at the base of the hill before and after the hike. Hikers are encouraged to bring flashlights if they have them. The Blue Hill Observatory will be open from 4:30-7:00 p.m. and will provide tours and viewing for a nominal charge. Free parking is available at Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington Street, Canton.
Calling all parents and tots! Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a new season of Peek-a-Blue Hikes for parents and tots. Complimentary water, juice and snacks too. Hikes will be offered every other Tuesday morning throughout the season. For more info, visit www.FriendsoftheBlueHills.org/peekablue.
Pre-registration required. Please email Maggi.Brown@mass.gov for reservations and meeting location. Space is limited.
Many people intuitively know that they feel better when they spend time in the outdoors. Recent research has verified that nature connection is profoundly beneficial to our health and well-being. Benefits include boosting immunity, reducing blood pressure and heart rate, and relieving depression and anxiety. Leave behind the multitasking and frenetic pace of day-to-day life, and ease into the slower and restorative pace of the natural world though a guided Mindful Outdoors experience of movement and meditation.