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Download the Guide and Discover the Blue Hills!

Whether you are a frequent visitor to the Blue Hills, or new to the park, there is always something new to be explored in this inspiring landscape. Among the 7,000 plus acres, there are opportunities to hike, bike, ski, swim, climb and contemplate the simple beauty of nature. One can take a meandering drive through the reservation, stopping to admire views along the way, or accept the challenge of hiking the Skyline Trail from beginning to end.

With this guide, you can explore each of the sections of the park.

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Blue Hills

Blue Hill

Quincy Quarries

Houghton's Pond

Ponkapoag Pond


Fowl Meadow

What Will you Find When You Go Hiking near Boston in Blue Hills?

Where else can you go hiking near Boston and find 125 miles of trails? Wander through shady woods on Little Blue Hills, climb rocky ledges to stunning views at Quincy Quarries or bring your family on a short stroll and enjoy a swim at Houghton’s Pond.

Please share your own experience on your journey of hiking near Boston in the Blue Hills on our Facebook page or as a comment on each hike. If you like hiking near Boston at the Blue Hills and have another trail you’d like to recommend, let us know!

How to Prepare

Reservation rangers recommend that you carry water (for longer hikes) and a trail map (always) when you explore all the hiking near Boston in the Reservation. Note that many trail intersections are numbered in the field with 4 digit marking system (four black numbers on a small white wooden marker. Example: 1141). These numbers are shown on the DCR trail map. Maps can be purchased for $3.00 on the front porch at Reservation Headquarters, 695 Hillside Street, Milton, next to the State Police Station, 1/4 mile north of Houghton’s Pond. If directions are not listed, call the DCR Headquarters for clarification: 617-698-1802.

Dogs on Leashes are Welcome

Your four-legged friends are welcome in the park.  Just make sure they are on leash and pick up after them.  Please do not leave poop bags in the park.  There is no one that will pick them up, so they just accumulate for other hikers to see.  Thank you for helping to keep the park clean and enjoyable for everyone!


These suggestions for hiking near Boston in the Reservation have come from many sources, including the Department of Conservation and Recreation, our members – and hopefully soon… you! While we have done our best to make sure the information is accurate, we cannot guarantee all information is accurate and up-to-date. Trails and markers change and our designations make assumptions that might not be right for you or your family. Please let us know your comments and corrections for our recommendations for hiking near Boston in the Blue Hills. Look for the comment link at the bottom of any of the hikes, or send us an email at If you’re looking for hiking near Boston, we hope you take these suggestions as a first step to exploring all the Blue Hills Reservation has to offer.