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Solo Day Hike - Blue Hills Reservation
Solo Day Hike - Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2013/07/26
Channel: mynineridesshotgun
Hiking the Blue Hills | Skyline Trail
Hiking the Blue Hills | Skyline Trail
Published: 2016/05/01
Channel: ChrisGoesOutdoors
Let
Let's Visit the Blue Hills Reservation (Milton, MA)
Published: 2012/04/10
Channel: Scottman895 Travel
Blue Hills Reservation - May 28, 2016
Blue Hills Reservation - May 28, 2016
Published: 2016/05/30
Channel: Don Gagnon
Hiking in the Blue Hills
Hiking in the Blue Hills
Published: 2009/07/22
Channel: Patriot Ledger
Mountain Biking in Boston, MA Blue Hills with Lisa and Black Chicken
Mountain Biking in Boston, MA Blue Hills with Lisa and Black Chicken
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: JC TRAILS
Go take a hike!  Blue Hills Reservation
Go take a hike! Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2012/10/23
Channel: Tactical Priority
Hiking The Blue Hills Reservation-Day 1
Hiking The Blue Hills Reservation-Day 1
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: Jay Cirillo
Blue Hills Reservation Mountain Biking
Blue Hills Reservation Mountain Biking
Published: 2015/11/18
Channel: Mt.BikeHer
Skiing at Blue Hills Reservation in MA
Skiing at Blue Hills Reservation in MA
Published: 2015/07/20
Channel: Patrick Caron
Yuneec Q500 aerial of Blue Hills Reservation
Yuneec Q500 aerial of Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2015/10/15
Channel: Luis Roman
mtbBoston: Coon Hollow at Blue Hills Can Be Climbed Without a Go-Around
mtbBoston: Coon Hollow at Blue Hills Can Be Climbed Without a Go-Around
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: DirtWireTV
SCTV Blue Hills Reservation
SCTV Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2012/07/24
Channel: ScituateCommunityTV
Controversy over deer hunt at Blue Hills Reservation
Controversy over deer hunt at Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: WWLP-22News
Blue Hills Mountain Biking: Tucker POV
Blue Hills Mountain Biking: Tucker POV
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: On Board With Ziggy
Blue Hills Reservation Exhibit Video
Blue Hills Reservation Exhibit Video
Published: 2017/04/03
Channel: HistoricNewEngland
Blue Hills Reservation
Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2011/07/22
Channel: Needham Channel
The Rock Forest: Sunday Driver- Blue Hills Reservation
The Rock Forest: Sunday Driver- Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2014/05/24
Channel: Pete DaSilva
1. The Blue Hills of Massachusetts: A Day Hike 1/3
1. The Blue Hills of Massachusetts: A Day Hike 1/3
Published: 2009/12/05
Channel: Trekking On
The Summit- Blue Hills Drone footage and more
The Summit- Blue Hills Drone footage and more
Published: 2017/07/30
Channel: Luis Roman
Blue Hills Mountain Biking
Blue Hills Mountain Biking
Published: 2014/06/03
Channel: Colt McElwaine
Blue Hills Hike: Skyline Trail
Blue Hills Hike: Skyline Trail
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: Old Man Jameson
Hiking through Blue Hills
Hiking through Blue Hills
Published: 2015/08/26
Channel: David Le
Hiking the Blue Hills Reservation, Day 2
Hiking the Blue Hills Reservation, Day 2
Published: 2014/09/07
Channel: Jay Cirillo
Riding the R6 at Blue Hills Reservation
Riding the R6 at Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2016/09/02
Channel: dre2kule
Hiking in the Blue Hills Reservation
Hiking in the Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2015/04/22
Channel: Francis Lee
Blue Hills Reservation
Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: Jackson Childs
Blue Hills Skyline Trail
Blue Hills Skyline Trail
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: Billy Chen
Buck Hill, Blue Hills Reservation, Quincy, MA
Buck Hill, Blue Hills Reservation, Quincy, MA
Published: 2010/01/26
Channel: samosetlbi
Visiting The Blue Hills Reservation, MA
Visiting The Blue Hills Reservation, MA
Published: 2013/03/18
Channel: freespiritz
Blue Hills Reservation
Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2014/05/14
Channel: Steve Forester
Trail Walking in Blue Hills Reservation
Trail Walking in Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: Himanshu Chintalapudi
View of the Blue Hills Reservation from the first cliff on the Skyline Trail in Milton, MA
View of the Blue Hills Reservation from the first cliff on the Skyline Trail in Milton, MA
Published: 2012/11/18
Channel: Craig ADayTrip
River otter playing around at the Blue Hills Reservation Trailside Museum in Canton, MA
River otter playing around at the Blue Hills Reservation Trailside Museum in Canton, MA
Published: 2009/08/16
Channel: arsenix
Hiking At Blue Hills reservation
Hiking At Blue Hills reservation
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: Victor Alicea
Blue Hills Reservation
Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: Sky Recon Drones
Blue Hills Mountain Hiking 1080p (4k support)
Blue Hills Mountain Hiking 1080p (4k support)
Published: 2016/05/28
Channel: Nick O
Blue Hills Reservation | 4.20.16
Blue Hills Reservation | 4.20.16
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: Hannah Kalcic
2009 12 06 Blue Hills Reservation snowy bike ride
2009 12 06 Blue Hills Reservation snowy bike ride
Published: 2010/01/10
Channel: Lee Toma
Blue Hills Reservation Hike
Blue Hills Reservation Hike
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: Madeleine Arch
Rattlesnake hill blue hills quincy ma
Rattlesnake hill blue hills quincy ma
Published: 2012/10/12
Channel: BostonFatGuy
Buck Hill, Blue Hills Reservation
Buck Hill, Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2016/03/15
Channel: Charlie Maloney
Blue Hills Reservation #3
Blue Hills Reservation #3
Published: 2012/12/18
Channel: wwpm1968
Second Flight -  Blue Hills Reservation Ponkapoag Golf Course
Second Flight - Blue Hills Reservation Ponkapoag Golf Course
Published: 2015/12/22
Channel: Allen Freeman
Blue Hills Hiking with the Outdoor Adventure Club
Blue Hills Hiking with the Outdoor Adventure Club
Published: 2012/03/02
Channel: TVSBSC (Team TVS)
Blue Hills Reservation
Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2017/06/29
Channel: Max Rothstein
Mountain biking Blue Hills 4/28/2011
Mountain biking Blue Hills 4/28/2011
Published: 2011/04/29
Channel: GrizzPit
1-11-14 morning 12.5 mile trail run at Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA
1-11-14 morning 12.5 mile trail run at Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA
Published: 2014/01/11
Channel: William Ellegood
Hiking at Blue Hill..Mountain
Hiking at Blue Hill..Mountain
Published: 2008/08/06
Channel: FederGirl
Blue Hills Boston Buck Hill MTB 2017
Blue Hills Boston Buck Hill MTB 2017
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: On Board With Ziggy
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Blue Hills Reservation
Massachusetts State Park
PonkapoagPondWithGBH.jpg
Ponkapoag Pond, with Great Blue Hill visible in the background
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Elevation 180 ft (55 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°12′40″N 71°07′40″W / 42.21111°N 71.12778°W / 42.21111; -71.12778Coordinates: 42°12′40″N 71°07′40″W / 42.21111°N 71.12778°W / 42.21111; -71.12778 [1]
Highest point Great Blue Hill
 - elevation 635 ft (194 m)
 - coordinates 42°12′43″N 71°06′56″W / 42.21194°N 71.11556°W / 42.21194; -71.11556 [2]
Area 6,195 acres (2,507 ha) [3]
Established 1893
Management Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
 - location Headquarters:
695 Hillside St, Milton
 - coordinates 42°12′32.6″N 71°06′8.3″W / 42.209056°N 71.102306°W / 42.209056; -71.102306
Nearest city Milton, Massachusetts
Public transit MBTA bus 238, 240
Location in Massachusetts
Website: Blue Hills Reservation

Blue Hills Reservation is a 6,000-acre (2,400 ha) state park in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, it covers parts of Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Randolph, and Dedham. Located approximately ten miles south of downtown Boston, the reservation is one of the largest parcels of undeveloped conservation land within the metropolitan area. The park's varied terrain and scenic views make it a popular destination for hikers from the Boston area.[4]

History[edit]

European explorers sailing the coastline noticed the bluish hue of the mountains, which is caused by the presence of riebeckite,[5] which gave area its modern name.[4] The name of the state of Massachusetts derives from the Massachusett Indian tribe's name of the hill: massa-adchu-es-et.[6] In 1893, the Metropolitan Parks Commission purchased the lands of Blue Hills Reservation as one of the state's first areas dedicated to public recreation.[4]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The ecology of the Blue Hills is diverse and includes marshes, swamps, upland and bottomland forests, meadows, and an Atlantic white cedar bog. A number of endangered species in Massachusetts, such as the timber rattlesnake, reside in the reservation. Other flora and fauna include dogwood, lady's slipper, white-tailed deer, coyotes, wild turkey, red fox, turkey vultures, and copperheads.[4]

Points of interest[edit]

Observatory

The highest point within the reservation, Great Blue Hill in Milton, is the site of the historic Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory. The observatory was founded in 1885 and is the oldest continuous weather recording station in the United States.[7] Its tower offers views of Boston and the surrounding area. The tower and observatory are among numerous reservation features listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Features listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Name Location Image Remarks
Blue Hills State Police Station H-7 Hillside Street, Milton
MiltonMA BlueHillsPoliceHQ.jpg
Blue Hills Reservation Parkways Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Canton
Blue Hills Reservation Parkways.png
Brookwood Farm Hillside Street, Milton
Brookwood Farm MA 01.jpg
Chickatawbut Observation Tower Chickatawbut Road, Quincy
Chickatawbut Observation Tower Quincy MA 02.jpg
Comfort Station Blue Hill Avenue, Milton
Comfort Station Milton MA 01.jpg
Eliot Memorial Bridge Milton
Eliot Bridge Milton MA 04.jpg
Great Blue Hill Observation Tower Milton
Eliot Tower Milton MA 03.jpg
Great Blue Hill Weather Observatory Milton
Great Blue Hill Weather Station Milton MA 03.jpg
Massachusetts Hornfels-Braintree Slate Quarry Milton
Hornfels Map.png
Metropolitan District Commission Stable Hillside Street, Milton
MDC Stable MA 03.jpg
Old Barn Blue Hill River Road, Canton
Old Barn at Brookwood Farm MA 04.jpg
Ponkapoag Camp of Appalachian Mountain Club Randolph
AMC Ponkapoag NorthCabin.jpg
Refreshment Pavilion Hillside Street, Milton
Refreshment Pavilion MIlton MA 03.jpg
Museum

The Blue Hills Trailside Museum, which is affiliated with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, offers indoor and outdoor animal exhibits.[8]

Activities and amenities[edit]

Blue Hills Reservation is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. It is also used for snowshoeing, downhill skiing, and cross country skiing during winter, and rock climbing (in certain areas) and horseback riding during permissible months. Between approximately December and March, Great Blue Hill offers a ski area. Houghton's Pond and nearby Ponkapoag Pond are popular swimming and recreation areas during the summer. Other recreational opportunities include non-motorized boating, camping, fishing, picnicking, playing fields, ice skating, and interpretive programs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blue Hills Reservation". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Great Blue Hill". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Blue Hills Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ Les Tyrala. "The Hard Truth: The Geology of the Blue Hills" (PDF). Friends of the Blue Hills. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ William Wallace Tooker (1904). "Algonquian Names of Some Mountains and Hills". The Journal of American Folk-Lore. XVII: 175. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "History". Blue Hill Observatory. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Blue Hills Trailside Museum". MassAudubon. Retrieved January 31, 2014. 

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