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Great Blue Hill, MA
Great Blue Hill, MA
Published: 2015/10/04
Channel: Spencer Corcoran
Great Blue Hill - Canton/Milton, Ma.
Great Blue Hill - Canton/Milton, Ma.
Published: 2011/02/18
Channel: Christopher Setterlund
Solo Day Hike - Blue Hills Reservation
Solo Day Hike - Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2013/07/26
Channel: mynineridesshotgun
Great Blue Hill Hike Milton Ma
Great Blue Hill Hike Milton Ma
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: Old Man Jameson
Descent from Great Blue Hill
Descent from Great Blue Hill
Published: 2010/03/29
Channel: Lee Toma
Ground Wasp at Great Blue Hill - July 12, 2015
Ground Wasp at Great Blue Hill - July 12, 2015
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: Don Gagnon
Eliot Tower at the top of Great Blue Hill
Eliot Tower at the top of Great Blue Hill
Published: 2009/07/26
Channel: David Parsons
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
Hiking the Blue Hills | Skyline Trail
Hiking the Blue Hills | Skyline Trail
Published: 2016/05/01
Channel: ChrisGoesOutdoors
Moving Into You | Great Blue Hill
Moving Into You | Great Blue Hill
Published: 2015/01/14
Channel: Naomi W.
Great Blue Hill Ski Lift - October 20, 2013
Great Blue Hill Ski Lift - October 20, 2013
Published: 2013/10/21
Channel: Don Gagnon
Blue Hill Trails, "Variations on a Theme by Paganini" - October 21, 2012
Blue Hill Trails, "Variations on a Theme by Paganini" - October 21, 2012
Published: 2012/10/23
Channel: Don Gagnon
Blue Hills Reservation
Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: Jackson Childs
Great Blue Hill New Year
Great Blue Hill New Year's Eve Hike
Published: 2011/01/10
Channel: ChristopherThomas4
Great Blue Hill | tiny desk concert
Great Blue Hill | tiny desk concert
Published: 2015/01/19
Channel: Naomi W.
Wind Measuring Instruments at Great Blue Hill Weather Observatory - October 21, 2012
Wind Measuring Instruments at Great Blue Hill Weather Observatory - October 21, 2012
Published: 2012/10/22
Channel: Don Gagnon
Great Blue Hill Sunset - October 20, 2013
Great Blue Hill Sunset - October 20, 2013
Published: 2013/10/23
Channel: Don Gagnon
Great Blue Hill 5
Great Blue Hill 5
Published: 2017/10/21
Channel: Jeffrey Michals-Brown
To The Sea by Great Blue Hill
To The Sea by Great Blue Hill
Published: 2015/02/10
Channel: Naomi W.
Great Blue Hill 1
Great Blue Hill 1
Published: 2017/10/21
Channel: Jeffrey Michals-Brown
Great Blue Hill Time-lapse, "Autumn Story" - October 20, 2013
Great Blue Hill Time-lapse, "Autumn Story" - October 20, 2013
Published: 2013/10/25
Channel: Don Gagnon
Blue Hills day hike Boston Skyline
Blue Hills day hike Boston Skyline
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: Aaron Peipert
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Let's Visit the Blue Hills Reservation (Milton, MA)
Published: 2012/04/10
Channel: Scottman895 Travel
Eastern Towhee at Great Blue Hill - July 12, 2015
Eastern Towhee at Great Blue Hill - July 12, 2015
Published: 2015/07/16
Channel: Don Gagnon
Great Blue Hill - October 20, 2013
Great Blue Hill - October 20, 2013
Published: 2013/10/26
Channel: Don Gagnon
Airplane by Great Blue Hill
Airplane by Great Blue Hill
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: Naomi W.
Sean Stanton | Blue Hill Farm | Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Sean Stanton | Blue Hill Farm | Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Published: 2014/01/07
Channel: NRCS Massachusetts
Great Blue Hill 4
Great Blue Hill 4
Published: 2017/10/22
Channel: Jeffrey Michals-Brown
Fall Foliage at Great Blue Hill, "Autumn Colours" - October 21, 2012
Fall Foliage at Great Blue Hill, "Autumn Colours" - October 21, 2012
Published: 2012/10/22
Channel: Don Gagnon
Great Blue Hill 2
Great Blue Hill 2
Published: 2017/10/21
Channel: Jeffrey Michals-Brown
Great Blue Hill 3
Great Blue Hill 3
Published: 2017/10/21
Channel: Jeffrey Michals-Brown
Carolina Wren at Great Blue Hill Summit 1 - July 12, 2015
Carolina Wren at Great Blue Hill Summit 1 - July 12, 2015
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Don Gagnon
Visiting The Blue Hills Reservation, MA
Visiting The Blue Hills Reservation, MA
Published: 2013/03/18
Channel: freespiritz
Cicada Killers at Great Blue Hill Summit - July 18, 2014
Cicada Killers at Great Blue Hill Summit - July 18, 2014
Published: 2014/07/20
Channel: Don Gagnon
Carolina Wren at Great Blue Hill Summit 2 - July 12, 2015
Carolina Wren at Great Blue Hill Summit 2 - July 12, 2015
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Don Gagnon
Eastern Towhee at Great Blue Hill - June 7, 2014
Eastern Towhee at Great Blue Hill - June 7, 2014
Published: 2014/06/08
Channel: Don Gagnon
Great Blue Hill, "Rolling Hills" - October 20, 2013
Great Blue Hill, "Rolling Hills" - October 20, 2013
Published: 2013/10/23
Channel: Don Gagnon
Great underwater shot, Kayaking Ponkapoag Pond, Blue Hills, Milton, MA Aug 30 2014
Great underwater shot, Kayaking Ponkapoag Pond, Blue Hills, Milton, MA Aug 30 2014
Published: 2014/09/05
Channel: David Dobrindt
Blue Hills Reservation - May 28, 2016
Blue Hills Reservation - May 28, 2016
Published: 2016/05/30
Channel: Don Gagnon
3. The Blue Hills of Massachusetts: A Day Hike 3/3
3. The Blue Hills of Massachusetts: A Day Hike 3/3
Published: 2009/12/05
Channel: Trekking On
Blue Hills Skyline Trail
Blue Hills Skyline Trail
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: Billy Chen
Great Blue Hill Time-lapse - October 20, 2013
Great Blue Hill Time-lapse - October 20, 2013
Published: 2013/10/25
Channel: Don Gagnon
Blue Hills Hike: Skyline Trail
Blue Hills Hike: Skyline Trail
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: Old Man Jameson
Great Blue Hill Ski Lift, "Blue Skies" - October 20, 2013
Great Blue Hill Ski Lift, "Blue Skies" - October 20, 2013
Published: 2013/10/21
Channel: Don Gagnon
Blue hills Milton ma
Blue hills Milton ma
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: lisa mallard
The Blue Hill Bog
The Blue Hill Bog
Published: 2007/12/02
Channel: khmartell
Yuneec Q500 aerial of Blue Hills Reservation
Yuneec Q500 aerial of Blue Hills Reservation
Published: 2015/10/15
Channel: Luis Roman
Blue Hill Trails - October 21, 2012
Blue Hill Trails - October 21, 2012
Published: 2012/10/22
Channel: Don Gagnon
Blue Hills of Breffni - Daniel O
Blue Hills of Breffni - Daniel O'Donnell
Published: 2009/12/07
Channel: bridgetoofar2
Blue Hills Reservation | 4.20.16
Blue Hills Reservation | 4.20.16
Published: 2016/04/11
Channel: Hannah Kalcic
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Great Blue Hill
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Great Blue Hill
Highest point
Elevation 640+ ft (195+ m) [1]
Prominence 483 ft (147 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°12′43″N 71°06′56″W / 42.2120434°N 71.1156064°W / 42.2120434; -71.1156064Coordinates: 42°12′43″N 71°06′56″W / 42.2120434°N 71.1156064°W / 42.2120434; -71.1156064[2]
Geography
Location Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Parent range Blue Hills
Topo map USGS Norwood

Great Blue Hill (called Massachusett by Native Americans) is a hill of 635 feet (194 m) located within the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton and Canton, Massachusetts 10 miles (15 km) southwest of downtown Boston. It is the highest point in Norfolk County. The modern name for the hill was given by early European explorers who, while sailing along the coastline, noticed the bluish hue of the exposed granite faces when viewed from a distance (due to Riebeckite). The Blue Hills' eastern slopes face the ocean and lie within Quincy. The area attracted quarrying for its "blue granite".[3] The name of the Massachusett Indian tribe and their language (and thus the name of the Bay, Colony, Commonwealth/State, etc.) derive from the Massachusett name for the hill: massa-adchu-es-et, where massa- is "large", -adchu- is "hill", -es- is a diminutive suffix meaning "small", and -et is a locative suffix, identifying a place.[4]

Geography[edit]

The north and west sides of Great Blue Hill drain into the Neponset River, and thence into Boston Harbor. The south and east sides of Great Blue Hill drain into the Blue Hill River, thence into the Farm River, Monatiquot River, Weymouth Fore River, and into Boston Harbor.

Its summit is the highest point in Norfolk County and also the highest within 10 miles of the Atlantic coast south of central Maine. For this reason, American meteorologist Abbott Lawrence Rotch chose Great Blue Hill as the site for an observatory, which became known as the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory after its completion in 1885. Rotch conducted ground-breaking studies of the atmosphere at Blue Hill for many years, and meteorological data is still gathered at the site. From the Eliot Tower at the summit, the city of Boston and many of the surrounding hills of the Milton and Canton area are visible.

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Great Blue Hill, and the Blue Hills Reservation in general, is a popular hiking destination, valued as much for its splendid trails and views as for its proximity to the metropolitan area. There is also alpine skiing available at Blue Hills Ski Area, consisting of eight trails served by a double chair and two surface lifts.

There is a steep paved road to the top, with gradients up to 16%, but is generally closed to cars except for employees of the weather observatory. The road is however open to hikers and cyclists.

The well-known Boston public television and radio station WGBH takes its call letters from Great Blue Hill, the original location of the station's FM and TV transmitters. WGBH-FM still transmits from the site, though the TV station moved its antenna to a taller tower in the 1960s.[5] The NOAA Weather Radio station serving Metro and Greater Boston and adjacent coastal waters, KHB35, also transmits atop the hill.[6][7]

In 1980, the hill was the subject of a prank by WNAC-TV's news department, where it was alleged that the former volcano was erupting.[8][9]

Great Blue Hill and the Blue Hills Reservation is the last remaining area in Greater Boston where the timber rattlesnake and copperhead can be found.[10][11] The snakes are so rare in the state that they are rarely encountered by people. They are both considered endangered, making it illegal to harass, kill, collect, or possess.[12]

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