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Spring Hiking Around Devonshire
April 15, 2022   |   Devonshire

Hiking season has officially begun! As the days get longer, spring is the perfect time to get out on the trails.
Our beautiful city has it all. From famous historic sites to literary legends, Boston has plenty of options for outdoor activities!

Some quick tips before you go exploring:

  • Weekdays are less busy than the weekend.
  • Make sure you stretch. Before embarking, freshen up stiff muscles.
  • Weekdays are less busy than the weekend.
  • The best hours for hiking are in the morning between 6-9 am and in the afternoon between 3-7 pm.
  • The energy from a hike will serve you for the rest of the day, so consider morning walks.
  • Your lungs operate the best in the afternoon. Consider later walks.
  • In both time frames, temperatures are cooler.
  • Spring hikers require less equipment, permitting comfortably light trips.
  • Equipment must include: water, appropriate clothing, and a navigational device.

Emerald Necklace

This one has some history. Over a century ago, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted created a green belt that connected downtown Boston to the suburbs. Today, the 1,000 acres stretches across six different parks: from the Boston Common to Franklin. Strollers can embark on a 2.5 mile round-trip (from Public Garden to Commonwealth Avenue) or venture on the 1.6 mile commute (from Fenway community gardens to the Rose Garden). Be sure to check out a popular side trail that encircles the scenic Jamaica Pond.
Fun fact: Olmsted celebrated his 200th birthday this month. The park is decorated to honor the father of modern landscape architecture for “Olmsted’s Bicentennial”.

Great Blue Hill 

The Blue Hills Reservation stretches across 7,000 acres in Norfolk County, covering 125 miles of trails spread over six counties. The highest of the 22 Blue Hills is the 635-foot that peaks at the summit of the Great Blue Hill. Mounting the crew rewards climbers with a majestic view of the entire Boston metropolitan area. Natural habitats consist of meadows, swamps, and high and lowland forest. Trails lead past Native American remnants, early farm structures, old quarries, and the Atlantic white cedar bog.

Walden Pond 

For the bibliophile, Walden Pond is the mecca of nature memoirs. The inspiration to transcendentalist writer Henry David Thoreau’s book of the same name, Walden Pond connects visitors to natures, just like in the mid-1800’s text. Enjoy swimming, boating, and visiting a replica of the author’s single-room cabin. The scenic wooded trail stretches 1.7 miles through a thick, wooded path; shaded in case the sun gets too blistering.
There are so many different places to hike in and around Boston. Where will you trek next?
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