Hike, Ride, Ski and Snowshoe in the Blue Hills Reservation this Winter!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:19am

Stretching over 7,000 acres from Quincy to Dedham, and Milton to Randolph, the Blue Hills Reservation provides a green oasis in an urban environment. With its scenic views, varied terrain and 125 miles of trails, it offers year-round enjoyment for the outdoor enthusiast. Winter activities include hiking, horseback riding, skiing and snowshoeing. Sixteen historic structures listed on the National Register tell the fascinating tales of Native Americans, explorers, farmers, quarry workers and inventors. Additionally the Blue Hill Weather Observatory, a National Historic Landmark, sits atop Great Blue Hill, as a crowning feature.

The Friends of the Blue Hills organize many programs throughout the year. They will kick off the New Year with a "First Day Hike" on Thursday, January 1st at 1pm. Having celebrated their organizations 35th anniversary in 2014, FBH encourages visitors to take their Strive for 35 Challenge exploring 35 locations within the Blue Hills Reservation.

The Trailside Museum, a family favorite operated by the MA Audobon Society, features a natural history museum and outdoor wildlife exhibits. The animals on display, including snowy owls and a river otter, have been rescued and would not survive in the wild.

Blue Hills Ski Area is preparing to open for the 2015 season. Check out their webcam and post your guess on their opening day on their Facebook page for a chance to win lift tickets.

The majority of the Blue Hills Reservation is located in Quincy, MA. Managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, view their trail map and guide online.

Blue Hills Reservation poster with horse and snowy owl

 

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