Blue Hills Reservation

Details of Blue Hills Reservation

Overview of Blue Hills Reservation

Experience the natural beauty of Massachusetts just a few miles outside Boston. Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres, covering parts of Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Milton, and Randolph. There are 125 miles of trails to explore through forests and wetlands, up hills, and more.

Hours for Blue Hills Reservation

Dawn to dusk

Due to late winter storm events that caused extensive tree damage throughout the park, some trails may have debris and/or trees down. Currently, the agency is in the process of clearing the debris. Visitors are advised to use caution on all trails.

Parking at Blue Hills Reservation

Maps and information are available at park entrance, with 10 minute parking only. Visitor parking is available across the street, or at the Houghton's Pond parking lot.

Facilities at Blue Hills Reservation

  • Athletic fields 
  • Educational programs
  • Grills
  • Historic sites
  • Lifeguard
  • Museum
  • Observatory 
  • Pavilion 
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms
  • Science center
  • Visitor center

Services at Blue Hills Reservation

  • Boating (non-motorized)
  • Camping
  • Canoeing & kayaking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Downhill skiing
  • Golfing
  • Grilling
  • Hiking & walking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming

Accessibility at Blue Hills Reservation

  • Hiking
    • Paved trails
  • Picnicking 
  • Restroom
  • Swimming
  • Visitor center

Restrictions at Blue Hills Reservation

  • Boats are only allowed on Ponkapoag Pond, Canton.
  • Dogs must remain on-leash
  • Dogs are not allowed on beach at Houghton Pond

More info for Blue Hills Reservation

Visit Houghton's Pond inside Blue Hills Reservation for some summer swimming and fishing activities!

Find park programs and events

Blue Hills Deer Management Program

Blue Hills Planning Unit

Blue Hills Complex

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