5 Places to go Hiking in the Boston Area this July 4th!

If you enjoy the outdoors and nature or are just looking to get outside for a breath of fresh air, there are many nature trails and parks that are great for hiking around Boston.

1. Deer Island Trail

140 Tafts Ave.

Winthrop, MA 02152

5.3 miles from Boston

MBTA Station: Deer Island - MWRA Gate

Just outside Boston, you can find 5 miles of public walkways on Deer Island's 265 acres. During the King Philips War, it served as an internment camp for Native Americans, but now it is home to a wastewater treatment plant that symbolizes the importance of taking care of the environment. While taking in the city views, you can enjoy many activities including touring the plant, walking, jogging, biking, rollerblading, and fishing, and taking in the city views.

2. Blue Hills Reservation

695 Hillside St.

Milton, MA 02186

10.5 miles from Boston

MBTA Station: Crawford Square

Blue Hills Reservation has 125 miles of hiking trails that will take you through marshes, meadows, and hills. From the peak of Great Blue Hill, soaring at 635 feet, you will be able to view the entire city of Boston. Trails are of varying difficulty levels for the outdoors enthusiasts to walk, bike, hike, or jog.

3. Lynn Woods Reservation

106 Pennybrook Rd.

Lynn, MA 01905

10.8 miles from Boston

MBTA Station: Central Square via Square One Mall

Lynn Woods Reservations sits on 2200 acres with 30 miles of scenic trails that are perfect for hiking, running, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and biking. Follow the trail to Dungeon Rock, an underground tunnel that is rich with pirate lore and those seeking treasure, or follow trails around one of the three reservoirs that provide clean water for the city of Lynn.

4. Worlds End Reservation

Martins Ln.

Hingham, MA 02043

19 miles from Boston

MBTA Station: Nantasket Junction

Worlds End Reservation is a part of the Boston Harbor Island's National Park Area. Sitting on 251 acres, Worlds End has tree-lined carriage paths designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, a famed landscape architect, through rocky shores, hillsides, and open fields. Not only does it have a fantastic view of Boston's skyline, but it is perfect for any outdoor activity like hiking, picnicking, and cross country skiing.

5. Noanet Woodlands

61 Powisset St.

Dover, MA 02030

24.5 miles from Boston

MBTA Station: N/A

At Noanet Woodlands, you can enjoy an entire day of hiking, biking, horseback riding, and more. Hike to the top of Noanet Peak to see views of Boston's skyline. At the peak, you can link up to Hale Reservation, a privately owned open space reserve. It's also a bird watchers dream, with many species calling the woodlands home.

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