Tale of Two Hills: Prospect Hill & Blue Hills

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It’s easy for a person to get lost in the concrete jungle that is Boston. With the never-ending hustle and bustle of Bostonians, it’s not new to feel overwhelmed in the city once in a while. During those times, sneaking a quick getaway is one of the best way to get rid of stress. With its stunning views and abundant flora and fauna, it’s hard to believe these places exist in the midst of such a busy, metropolitan area.

Waltham’s Prospect Hills

Searching for a good spot to watch the sun rise up over the majestic Boston skyline? This place should be considered as a go-to! It’s important to note though, that Waltham’s Prospect Hill should not be confused with the one in Union Square in Somerville, as those are two different locations.

Prospect Hill Park of Waltham offers both clearly marked hiking trails and paved paths, making it accessible for those with vehicles and pedestrians alike. It is also one of the oldest open spaces around Waltham.

There are two different peaks worth going to, with both providing the best views of the Boston basin and all the surrounding areas. Big Prospect stands at 485 feet while Little Prospect reaches about 435 feet.

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Photo credit: Sanjay K. taken from Prospect Hills’ Yelp page 

A grandiose view of the Boston skyline isn’t all what this place has to offer. There are numerous spots around the park where you can enjoy a picnic with friends or family, or even just hang out and do some uninterrupted meditation (complete with the beautiful sounds of nature as your background- such as leaves rustling, calming cicada noises and birds chirping).

The Great Blue Hills

With over 7,000 acres stretching from Quincy and all the way up to Dedham, Milton to Randolph, Blue Hills Reservation is a popular destination among locals and tourists because of the marvelous view that it showcases for everyone.

As history suggests, Blue Hills got its name from the early Europeans who managed to catch a glimpse of the bluish hue emitted by the slopes of the hill when they first came to settle in. It was in 1893 when the Metropolitan Parks Commission officially opened the reservation to the public, which paved the way to the park being a historical treasure and one that is used for recreational purposes.

The Great Blue Hill has an elevation gain of about 3,000 feet or more. But more than that, it is known to be a popular hiking destination.

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Photo credit: Taken from Blue Hills tripadvisor.com page

It is even found to be the home of both the Timber Rattlesnake and the Copperhead, one of the rarest kinds of serpents around the country, but it is rarely encountered by people as they are both endangered species.

Now all you have to do is choose between the two! So what are you waiting for? Spruce up your morning routine and take a trip out to these places!

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