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Douglas State Forest
A mix of woods and waters aptly describes Douglas State Forest. Wallum Lake borders the property. Wetlands, vernal Pools, and a cedar swamp dot the diverse hardwood, white pine, and hemlock stands of the interior.
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Blue Hills Reservation and Trailside Museum
Description: Great Blue Hill rises 635 feet above the coastal plain, offering spectacular views in every season. The surrounding 7,000 acres of rocky hilltops, oak and pine woodlands, red maple swamps, wet meadows, and Atlantic white cedar bog from the largest tract of open space within 35 miles of Boston. The Trailside Museum, operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, offers exhibits and public programs describing the reservation’s history.

Wildlife to Watch: The Trailside Museum provides an excellent introduction to the wildlife of the Blue Hills through live native animal exhibits. White-tailed deer, a variety of hawks and owls, and the secretive timber rattlesnake can be viewed closely and safely. The 125-mile trail system crisscrosses habitat attractive to hermit thrushes, winter wrens, and kingfishers. Turkey vultures ride thermal currents and updrafts created by the hills. Eastern coyotes and red foxes hunt meadow voles and cottontail rabbits throughout the year, adding blueberries and wild grapes to their diet in the summer and fall.

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Ownership: MDC 
Size: 7000 acres 
Closest Town: Milton

RestroomsParkingFishingCross Country SkiingHikingPicnic tablesHorse TrailsFeeSmall BoatsBicycling

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Driving Directions:
For Trailside Museum: from Route 128 (Interstate 93), take exit 2B, Route 138, Milton. Travel north on Route 138 for 0.5 miles to the museum parking area on the right. For Blue Hills Reservation: take exit 3 and follow the signs for 0.5 miles on the left, located between the state police stable and station.

For more information call (617) 698-1802. For Trailside Museum information (617) 333-0690.

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Blue Hills Reservation and Trailside Museum : Wildlife Viewing Area