Located just a few miles from downtown Boston is the 7000 acre Blue Hills Reservation. What makes Blue Hills very popular with Bostonians and outsiders alike is the view from atop Great Blue Hill. A fairly easy hike up to the 635 foot summit rewards you with a beautiful view of the Boston metropolitan area.
Blue Hills Reservation made USA Today Travel’s 51 Scenic Hikes as the representative for Massachusetts. With 125 miles of hiking trails you will have plenty to explore. There are meadows, ponds, swamp, and forests to see. Depending on where you go you may also come across views not just toward Boston but also in every direction. Weather enthusiasts will want to make the trip up to the Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center, home of the Oldest Continuous Weather Record in North America. The first weather observations were made on February 1, 1885 and an unbroken climate record has continued ever since.
Hiking isn’t the only activity to do at the Blue Hills Reservation. Year round there are activities abound. In the winter you can find down hill skiing, crosscountry skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing. Once the weather warms up there is swimming, fishing, and nonmotorized boating. When there isn’t snow on the ground you can find mountain bikers, runners, and rock climbers around too. For those that just want to take it easy you can head to Houghton’s Pond to fire up one of the charcoal grills and have a picnic.
For more information about the Blue Hills Reservation and a trail map check out the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s website.