Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, Boston

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Belle Isle Marsh Reservation is an urban nature preserve and public recreation area protecting of the 241acre Belle Isle Marsh, the last remnant within Boston of the salt marshes that were once prevalent along the Massachusetts Bay shoreline. The marsh is home to multiple species of saltmarsh plants, fish, and shellfish, most rare in a metropolitan area. The reservation is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Formerly an actual island, Belle Isle was also called Hog's Island and later Breeds Island. Part of the island is now Orient Heights.
Features of the reservation include landscaped hiking paths, benches, an observation tower, and handicap access. A portion of the Boston Harborwalk runs through the reservation.
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  • What a great find. A friend took us there for a nice hike and great views of Boston and views of Revere and Winthrop in the distance. We also got to watch a lot of plane action and view the marshes. M...  more »
  • We've been close to Belle Isle Marsh many times before, at Belle Isle restaurant, but had never stopped by for a visit. Now we have! Just past the Orient Heights T station there's a parking lot with r...  more »
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  • This places look glorious under the cover of snow. The trail is not that obvious but with snow on it it’s not really important. Still water is icy, so you can see lots of ice flow on the water. There is a bridge and a small viewing house you can go up. The view is amazing from top too. The snow is a little deep in some places so waterproof shoes sometimes is not enough. But most of time just don’t worry about snow and walk on it directly.
  • Vast open area. Great for bird watching, walking, biking, photographing a wide variety of wildlife. A great area to let kids run around & play outdoors in the safety of a Reservation. There are wild coyotes that roam the Reservation, so it would behoove you to keep a watchful eye out. There is a small parking area but, when I have gone there's been only about 3 cars. The best part...... it's free!

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