AAA Editor Notes
Blue Hills Reservation is off I-93 exit 3; park headquarters is at 695 Hillside St. This is a 7,000-acre state reservation, stretching from Dedham to Quincy and from Milton to Randolph, encompassing terrains ranging from hills and meadows to forests and wetlands.

Traversing the park are some 125 miles of hiking, mountain biking and horse trails. The Red Dot Loop Trail leads from Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum to the Eliot Tower on Great Blue Hill. The 35-foot-tall stone observation structure built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s offers lovely views of the Boston metropolitan area. Nearby is the historic Blue Hill Observatory. The still-active meteorological institution was founded in 1885.

Recreational facilities include tennis courts, a downhill ski area, a beach and a golf course. Fishing, rock climbing and camping are additional activities that can be enjoyed on the expansive conservation property.

Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.

Grounds free. Blue Hill Observatory $4; $2 (ages 5-17).
Grounds daily dawn-dusk. Blue Hill Observatory Sat.-Sun. 10-4, or by appointment, Feb.-Dec.; Sat. 10-4, rest of year.
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