Home to over 7000-acres of land, the Blue Hills host a number of areas for quality mountain bike riding. There are extensive trails for riders of all ability levels, with short, easy rides for beginners, as well as nearly 20 miles of gnarly single-track riding for the experts. The Blue Hills are only a 30-minute drive from downtown Boston, so taking a day trip for a quick ride before making it back in time for the Sox game is completely reasonable.
What Makes It Great
The Blue Hills is a destination that is about as historical as they come. Set aside for public use in 1893 by the Metropolitan Parks Commission, the Blue Hills had been home to Native Americans for thousands of years prior to the discovery of the Americas by European colonists. There are numerous historical Native American and colonial structures located throughout the Hills. Additionally, the Blue Hills Weather Observatory, which is a National Historic Landmark, can be found at the top of Great Blue Hill.
Not all of the Blue Hills are open for mountain biking, but Great Blue Hill, Houghton's Pond, Ponkapoag, Little Blue Hill, and Fowl Meadow all feature trails that allow riding. The rest of the reservation is off limits for either environmental reasons or due to endangered species in the area, so be sure get your hands on a map of the reservation, which can be found at the Blue Hills Reservation Headquarters and also at at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/recreate/bluehills-mb-2014.pdf
Who is Going to Love It
Intermediate and expert riders alike will enjoy the trails of the Blue Hills. Single and double tracks can be found throughout the reservation, with many trails leading to various highpoints that overlook the Boston skyline. Also, riders who pride themselves on their hill-riding abilities will find themselves in a haven for members of their kind.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
By Car: Take Route 93 to Exit 3, Houghton's Pond. Turn right at the stop sign onto Hillside Street. Houghton's Pond is located approximately 1/4 miles on the right; Continue 1/4 miles to the reservation headquarters on the left. Parking is located at 840 Hillside Street Milton, MA 02186
The park is strictly open from dawn until dusk, so no night riding! Also, trails are closed to riding from March 1 until March 31 for soil conditions. It rains a lot in New England during the spring, so restricting riding during this time helps in preserving trail conditions.