Welcome to DCR’s Blue Hills Reservation
With over 7,000 acres that include an extensive network of wide carriage roads and rocky hilltop trails, the reservation is ideal for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities. Please remember that the trails are multi-use and are shared by hikers, horseback riders and runners who have the right of way. Respect and cooperation will ensure that your use of the trail will not conflict with the use of other trail users and will help maintain healthy trail condition. Enjoy your ride and please keep these guidelines in mind as you explore.
Where Mountain Bikes are allowed
Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the map . The reservation is divided into management sections. Sensitive or vulnerable sections may have greater restrictions than other sites. The areas that offer mountain biking include the Great Blue Hill, Houghton’s Pond, Ponkapoag Pond and Little Blue Hill sections allow mountain biking. Fowl Meadow section allows mountain biking as well and the map is shown separately.
Designated bike trails are delineated in black and the trails where bicycles are not allowed are shown in red on the map.
Look for DCR rangers and TrailWatch volunteers on the trails or stop by the Reservation Headquarters. DCR TrailWatch volunteers are concerned recreational trail users who promote safe and cooperative trail use.
Mountain Biking Guidelines
- Mountain bike trails are closed between March 1 and March 31st due to soil conditions.
- Temporary closings may occur occasionally due to environmental or safety concerns. Closed trails will be posted on reservation bulletin boards and at trailheads. Please take note: closed trails will be marked with a No Bicycle sign.
- The park is open dawn to dusk. Night riding is prohibited.
- Trails east of route 28 are closed to mountain bicycles to protect endangered species
- Plan ahead. Familiarize yourself with the trail map. Four-digit numbers on the map correspond with white and black trail markers at trail intersections. The contour lines depict elevations of the surrounding area. Contour lines that are closer together represent a steeper slope.
- Groups of six or more mountain bicyclists require a Special Use Permit. Permits are available through the Reservation Headquarters.
- Always yield. Hikers and horseback riders have the right of way. When approaching from the rear, slow down and announce your presence. Pass slowly and safely.
- Control your bike and ride responsibly. Maintain a safe speed at all times and exercise caution on blind curves and steep slopes.
- Ride safely. Always wear a helmet and eye protection. Children 16 years and younger are required to wear headgear by state law. Carry a water bottle and a repair kit. Be familiar with your bicycle. Know your limits.
- When slowing down, modulate brakes, both front and back, to prevent skidding and rutting or trails.
- Leave no trace. Ride on existing trails. Never create new trails such as short cuts or turn-outs around fallen logs, water bars, and muddy areas. Ride through puddles rather than around them. Avoid soft and wet trails.
DCR Blue Hills Reservation Headquarters
695 Hillside Street, Milton, MA 02186
DCR web site: www.mass.gov.dcr
DCR 24 hour Radio Dispatch 617-722-1188
In case of emergencies, call 911 or contact the
State Police Blue Hills Barracks at (617)698-5840