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 Massachusetts Mountains

Great Blue Hill

Quick Facts

Elevation

635 ft.

Location

Milton, MA
10 miles south of Boston

Best Map

Blue Hills Reservation
Metropolitan Parks System

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Great Blue Hill from Ponkapoag Pond

     Great Blue Hill (635 ft.) is a pleasant hike that offers a clear view of Boston from Eliot Tower on the peak.  It is located within Blue Hills Reservation, a hilly nature preserve only a half hour south of Boston. Located primarily in the town of Milton, Blue Hills encompasses 7000 acres, 125 miles of trails, and 22 hills, the most notable being Great Blue Hill.  A 10-mile day hike across the park offers many fine views.Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory sits atop Great Blue Hill and is in its 126th year of operation.It maintains the oldest continuous weather record in North America.The Blue Hills Trailside Museum offers exhibits on wildlife you may see while hiking the Reservationís trails.Just outside the Trailside Museum is a sizable zoo where a variety of wildlife - from otters to foxes - reside. A swim at Houghtons Pond or Ponkapoag Pond after your hike is a great way to top off the day. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes at the William F. Rogers Ski Slope. The state government reduced Blue Hills budget by 1/3 in year 2000. Among other things, it has had to close restrooms by the parking lot and close the Trailside Museum on Monday and Tuesday in order to maintain operations. Blue Hills encourages visitors to contact state legislators to restore funding for this natural treasure so close to Boston. The Trailside Museum is worth the very affordable entrance fee. Inside you will find for purchase an inexpensive map that is well-detailedand helpful for hiking in the Reservation.

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