Blue Hills Reservation (Milton, MA)

Blue Hills, Milton, MA

Parking: Limited

Trails: Easy to moderate

Views: Boston skyline, surrounding areas (Braintree, Quincy, Randolph and Dedham to name a few)

Overall Beauty/Appearance : Below Average/Average

Fee: Free

Blue Hills Reservation Website

Blue Hills is one of the more visited parks in the South Shore region (south of Boston).  It is precisely this reason that it is often taken for granted.  So, when I decided to start this blog, I couldn’t resist starting with this old standby.

Nestled in the “main entrance” (the actual entrances are off Granite Street or Hillside Street depending on the direction you’re coming from) is a picnic area.  A structure in disrepair stands in front the Chickatawbut Observation Tower. 

Unless you’re visiting during off peak seasons, you’ll be hard pressed to find a designated parking spot at Blue Hills on a weekend day before noon.  Parking is allowed in obvious spaces on the side of the road so long as other cars can pass.  “Obvious” does often leave a little to the imagination, however.

As you may already know, Blue Hills is a pet friendly, well dog friendly, park.  You’ll find many dogs on the trails and paths, some unleashed (although they’re supposed to be leashed).  But, most dogs behaved themselves.  I even  I made a friend, Bailey.  Not sure what the guy’s name is, though.

There are an array of bird life and other critters at Blue Hills.  Birds of all stripes fly overhead.  If you’re lucky you might even shoot one during your travels.  I was lucky enough to spot this robin.

Apparently, it’s also an ideal place for a party.  Who knew?  Although this party doesn’t seem to have gone off very well.  Yes that is cake and a stogie, mmmmm.

The views are decent, although trees and branches can obstruct an otherwise good photo opportunity.  In fact, one of the best views is right in the parking lot.  The main parking area and picnic area provides the backdrop for an unfettered view of the Boston skyline.  The sky, being overcast, didn’t offer the best shot but on a sunny day or during sunrise and sunset, the view is much more pretty.

While the DRC does a good job trying to stay on the upkeep and volunteers do help out with the upkeep, there were  few areas with graffiti and litter.  But, overall it is fairly clean.

The main trails are  well defined and safe to walk on but then you come across something like this.

While still passable, it may be better for some people to stick to the “beaten path.”  But, the treacherous paths are worth traversing to see the views of Boston.

 Houghton’s Pond is also within walking distance from the main parking area of Blue Hills.  It’s not uncommon to see people fishing and engaging in other activities.  The water attracts a variety of birds who stop by for a quick dunk or to wet their beaks.

I was unable to visit the weather observation center at Blue Hills.  But, it is a popular attraction.  I will have to make time for it next time.

In closing, during my visit at Blue Hills, I noticed how the most innocuous things in our lives can leave an impact on us.  Such was the case when I came upon this.

Who is D.M.?  Who is E.S?   Are they still together?  How many other couples have etched their initials into other trees?  So many people pass through these reservations.  It makes you feel a connection to other people and to nature, if only for that fleeting moment.

About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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