|Blue Hills Reservation and Trailside Museum|
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. ...
Douglas State Forest
|Description: 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.|
Wildlife to Watch: The winding trails are good places to watch for American toads and the orange land dwelling young of the red-spotted newt. From the interpretive center, follow the Cedar Swamp Trail and turn left onto the Bird Blind Trail to visit the viewing platform and observation blind. Sit quietly to encounter a variety of songbirds. Chickadees, nuthatches, blue jays, eastern towhees, and tufted titmice are regularly visitors. Continue on the cedar Swamp Trail through an historic quarry and on to the boardwalk. During all seasons, look for sign of resident mammals like red foxes, gray and red squirrels, chipmunks, and deer mice.
Size: 4600 acres
Closest Town: Douglas
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