Blue Hills Reservation Massachusetts is 7,000 acres and is south of Boston.

This historic reservation goes through Milton, Braintree, Dedham, Quincy, Canton, and Randolph. It took me about 40 minutes to get there and I live right near Boston.

I used to go to Blue Hills Reservation when I was younger with my siblings in my dad. This past time, I went with my friend Sam.

Parking at Blue Hills Reservation Massachusetts is simple and free!

We all love free stuff.

You can either park at Houghton’s Pond: 840 Hillside St., Milton, MA or you can park at 695 Hillside St., Milton, MA. I parked at the second place because when I typed in Blue Hills Reservation on Waze, that’s where it brought me.

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At the 695 Hillside St. parking lot, they have a museum, gift shop and visitor center and some animal exhibits.

Trailside Native Plant Garden

Walking over to the museum, there is a Trailside Native Plant Garden. There are numerous plants in what seemed like a small garden.

The museum was closed and there weren’t any otters which was sad but they still had other beautiful creatures such as owls and hawks.

Across from the museum they have bird feeders and we saw a few hummingbirds. Those things are so fast.

We also saw some turtles on a log out on Duck Pond. Along the path to the animal exhibits, we saw a chipmunk that was running around. One of the paths was closed, I’m guessing due to Covid. I believe I saw some picnic tables so I’m guessing that’s why it was closed off.

Turtles!!!

I used to love going in the museum when I was younger. There were some other animals inside if I remember correctly.

There are many trails that add up to 125 miles (201 km) in total.

There’s a map right outside of the museum and right near the parking lot. It shows you all of the trails that you can follow as well.

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You can download the map and trails for free here. Or you can just buy a map when you get there.

The most popular trail and the only one that I’ve ever hiked is called the Great Blue Hill Red Dot. Once you reach the end of this trail, you will see the Eliot Observation Tower. There are many other trails that you can choose upon your liking.

Eliot Tower
Eliot Tower

It took about a half-hour to get all the way up to Eliot Tower.

Inside of the tower, on the first floor, you can have picnics or just hang out. There’s also a fireplace but I’m pretty sure it’s not active.

Eliot Tower from the other side

We walked up the stairs and took in the stunning views. Sam and I took some selfies.

From the second floor of Eliot Observation Tower, you can see all of Boston and its surrounding cities. The summit gives you a panoramic view at 635 feet (.2 km) of elevation.

You can also see Deer Island in Winthrop from the Tower, which is where I live.

When I was younger, we used to bring Lunchables and eat once we got to Eliot Tower. I was too short to see the views LOL. I actually haven’t grown much. But hey, I can see over the sides now.

After going back down from the tower, we noticed another path. We were curious and decided to add that to our hike.

The Blue Hills Weather Observatory sits at the top of the reservation.

The path ended up leading to the Blue Hills Weather Observatory, which was built in 1885. They were closed so we couldn’t go inside. It seems that the views from the observatory would’ve been beautiful. Even from outside of the observatory, the views were exquisite.

The path ended up leading to the Blue Hills Weather Observatory, which was built in 1885. They were closed so we couldn’t go inside. It seems that the views from the observatory would’ve been beautiful. Even from outside of the observatory, the views were exquisite.

The path going back down was easier. The road was paved. We crossed over to the red dot path again and made our way back down to where we parked.

Overall, we spent about 3 hours at Blue Hills Reservation Massachusetts. I’m positive you can make a full day out of it if you bring some lunch and a bunch of water. The hike was a great workout and I will definitely be going back there to try some more trails!

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