Blue Hills Reservation Mountain Biking

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7,000 acres of land and 20 miles of trail for both beginners and experts to explore.

Written by

Cody Grodzki


0.1 miles


Destination Distance From Downtown

10.1 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 days

Half-Day to Day


All Seasons

Closed March 1-31

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits




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:

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

By Public Transportation: There are numerous trains and buses that will get you to various parts of the Blue Hills. For a comprehensive list, check out the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreations website at:

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. 

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Blue Hills Reservation

695 Hillside St
Milton, MA, 02186
42.214471, -71.093704

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