Great Blue Hill

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Mountain/Rock
Activities:
Hiking
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation:
635 ft / 194 m
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Great Blue Hill
Created On: May 16, 2010
Last Edited On: May 16, 2010

Overview




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Great Blue Hill Located in the Blue Hills south of Boston is the highest peak in this range. Home to a lookout tower, a weather facility and a ski area. Great Blue Hill sees a lot of traffic almost anytime of year. There large number of trails of variable difficulty that travel up to the sumit as well as around the summit.

There are two notable structures on the summit. The observatory and the Eliot Tower. The weather observatory gives an educational opportunity about how weather effects both the hills an the region itself. The Eliot Tower named for the founder Charles Eliot give another set of views from the summit. It should be noted that on a clear day you can see all the way to Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire as well as the entire Boston Skyline from the summit of Great Blue Hill.

It should be noted that Great Blue Hill is the highest summit near the Atlantic Ocean south of Maine.

Great Blue Hill

Getting There

VIA THE RESERVATION HEADQUARTERS: From I-93 take Blue Hills River Road North (Exit 3) roughly a half mile to Hillside Street. Make a right on Hillside Street and continue until you reach the Reservation Headquarters (on your left) right by the Massachusetts Police Station. Parking will be on both your left or your right.

VIA THE TRAILSIDE MUSEUM (WESTERN SIDE OF THE PARK): From I-93 take Exit 4, Blue Hills Avenue north past the first set of light. The Trailside Museum Parking Lot is located about a mile and a half north. The ski area parking is located right next to the Trailside Museum.

Red Tape

There are no fees at the park. However the park is only open sunrise to sundown.

Camping

Camping is prohibited in the Blue Hills Reservation.

External Links

Here are a number of different numbers for more information.

Blue Hills Reservation
Blue Hills Trailside Museum (617) 333-0690
Park Number 617-722-1188
Blue Hills TrailWatch (617) 698-1802.