Fun Fall Family Hikes

Blue Hills Reservation is the perfect place for families looking for outdoor fun to explore the natural world right outside of the city. Get some fresh, fall air while walking or hiking through the beautiful leaves that are already starting to turn red, orange, and yellow along the Reservation’s 125 miles of FREE-to-access trails. The Reservation is located in Milton, only a hop, skip, and a jump into the car or onto the bus away from most neighborhoods in Boston. Learn about the history of the Blue Hills Reservation and get directions by car or public transportation here.

The best part about the Reservation is that you do not need special training or equipment to hike or walk most of the trails. But before you go,

  • Pack a snack like our recipe for peanut butter and banana sandwiches on whole wheat bread and make sure you bring enough water to go around. Hiking is thirsty work
  • Grab a map: download one here for free or buy one for $2 at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum when you get there
  • Choose your trail: Great Blue is well known and loved as the highest hill in the family of 22 Blue Hills. But young explorers can absolutely take it to the top. Families will want to follow the red dot trail starting at the trailside museum for a hike that both adults and kids will enjoy climbing on a not-too-steep slope. Plus, when you get to the top, the wide open view of the Boston metro area skyline will make everyone’s hard work well worth it
  • Sign up for Sunset from the Top, a free, guided leaf peeping walk on October 20th from 4-7pm

For a walking adventure a little closer to home, reread our post, “Walk your Way to a Healthy Heart,” and discover urban trails near you. Whether you hike or walk, it is fun to look at the leaves, listen to the birds, and learn more about the natural world of Boston as a family.


(Image source: courtesy of Brian Sullivan)

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