Blue Hills Reservation

Transit friendly
Dogs Allowed
Historic site

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

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.

Activities at Blue Hills Reservation

Hiking and walking 

Explore hiking trails that will take you up rocky summits, through forests and meadows, and along scenic waterways.

Mountain biking 

Blue Hills Reservation has a huge network of wide carriage roads and rolling rocky trails that are perfect for all levels of mountain biking.
Two boys playing and laughing in a pool


Visit scenic Houghton's Pond Recreation Area for a fun day of swimming, fishing, or a family picnic.
Person holding skiing polls ready to take off


Cross-country ski on park trails if snowfall allows or head to the Blue Hills Ski Area for downhill skiing. The season generally runs from mid-December to mid-March

All Activities at Blue Hills Reservation

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

Facilities at Blue Hills Reservation

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

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

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Blue Hills Planning Unit

Blue Hills Complex