Sanctuary Guidelines for Blue Hills

For your safety and to avoid conflicts with wildlife, we ask that you please:

  • Leave everything as you find it, and do not pick or collect items
  • Remain on the trails at all times to protect plants, animals, and yourself
  • Refrain from running, bike riding, or driving motorized vehicles
  • Refrain from fishing, hunting, or trapping
  • Enjoy snacks or picnics in designated areas, and carry out all trash
  • Do not smoke 

Regarding Dogs & Pets

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Dogs and other pets are not allowed on sanctuary grounds (service animals welcome). This includes the outdoor exhibits area, All Persons Trail, and native plant garden.

Blue Hills Reservation

Per Massachusetts DCR regulations, dogs are allowed on the trails but must remain on-leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach at Houghton Pond.

Trail Safety

Please stay on the trails for your safety, and the safety of wildlife. Poison ivy and ticks are common in Massachusetts, so be sure to wear proper footwear, learn how to identify each, and be on the lookout. Also bring plenty of water, especially during the summer.

Photography Guidelines

Mass Audubon welcomes visitors to capture the beauty and wonder of our statewide network of wildlife sanctuaries through photography. If you would like to use a wildlife sanctuary for commercial photography purposes, please review the complete guidelines and learn how to schedule a time.