Blue Hills Reservation, Milton

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The Blue Hills Reservation Parkways are a network of historic parkways in and around the Blue Hills Reservation, a Massachusetts state park south of Boston, Massachusetts. It consists of six roadways (in seven distinct segments) that provide circulation within the park, and that join the park to two connecting parkways, the Blue Hills Parkway and the Furnace Brook Parkway. The roadway network was designed by Charles Eliot in the 1890s, except for Green Street, which was added to the network in the 1940s. The parkways were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
The first segment of Blue Hill River Road begins at a four-way junction with Washington Street and Royall Street in Canton. It is about 1/2 mile in length, becoming Hillside Street at the Milton line. Its north side is dense forest with stone outcrops, and rising elevation into the hills. On the south side are a concrete sidewalk and a stone wall. The section of road provides access to Brookwood Farm, like the reservation administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation .
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  • Visited on a Saturday mid morning. Parking lot crowded but plenty of spots. there's a beach and swimming area, that while it was not officially open people and dogs were wading. Small snack bar by the...  more »
  • Not too far a stretch from Boston and perfect for a Sunday outdoor activity with the kids. We chose the red dot loop. If your kids are stable walkers and enjoy hiking, you would be ok. Get's slightly ...  more »
  • I've only been here once in the summer, but holy cow. I will be back. What beautiful and fantastic hiking! I parked by the trailside museum and took the red trail up to the weather observatory, then sat on a rock overlook for a few hours reading a book. Some of the trails are gnarly enough to be fun on their own, and the views at the top of hills and down the ski slopes are soul-lifting.
  • Skyline trail is quite rocky, lots of tall boulders. The entire trail is basically going up and down, up and down, up and down, etc. Markers are good and frequent, every dozens of feet, because you can easily get lost - if you don't see markers in 50 meters, you're definitely on the wrong path. Go on a day you're in a good mood and won't get sick of keep going up and down just to stay on the same plane. Go early in the day to finish the whole trail. If you're giving up or it gets late, you can get a ride in the middle where the trail crosses Chickatawbut Road.

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