Blue Hills Reservation
695 Hillside St, Milton, MA
Open dawn to dusk
Trail running can be hard to come by in Boston, so it stands to reason that a trip to the trails will require a bit of a drive out of the city. About 10 miles south of Boston lies the Blue Hills Reservation, a 7,000 acre park encompassing the hills of the Blue Ridge Chain. Great Blue Hill is the largest of the 22 hills, rising to 635 feet, so runners and cyclists looking for some elevation change are sure to find it here. The wooded trails are almost entirely shaded, making a great respite from the summer heat. Many of the trails are technical and they vary in difficulty, so it’s important to check out a trail map to make sure you know what you’re getting into before you go. The area is popular with local cross country teams and is teeming with hikers. Watch out for horseback riders, too! Mountain bikes are allowed on certain trails in the park but are prohibited during the month of March due to soil conditions. Make sure to check the mountain bike trail maps and yield to pedestrians and horseback riders, as they have the right of way.
Blue Hills Reservation is a great place to get out of the bustle of Boston and enjoy nature for a few hours. With many tough trails and a wide variety of choices, some of the most popular trails are recommended below:
- Easy: Wolcott & Border Path, 2.5 miles
- Moderate: Ponkapoag Pond, 3.75 miles
- Challenging: Skyline Loop, 3 miles