DEDHAM, MA – Wilson Mountain Reservation

Wilson Mountain is right off 128/93–it couldn’t be easier to find. This DCR property is a great alternative to Blue Hills, as it is far less busy and every bit as beautiful (although the summit is far less dramatic). Kids and adults alike will enjoy the variety of the terrain. There are plenty of beautiful trees, gigantic boulders, steep hills, stinky swamps, wooden bridges, tiny waterfalls, and bubbling brooks. This trail has something for everyone–it’s one we can’t believe we didn’t discover sooner!


384 Common St.

Dedham, MA 02026


From the parking lot, we went straight and followed the 1.8 mile blue blaze trail in a clockwise loop around the property. At marker #24 we deviated off the blue trail to the red trail for a bit to find a geocache and explore the summit.




Rated on a scale of 1 (difficult/not good) to 5 (easy/awesome!)

P – Parking & Access – 3 (small lot that fits about 10 cars at most. Lot is often full.)

I – Interest Level – 3 (a fairly standard trail, but there are lots of fun natural things to discover.)

N – Navigation – 3 (well-marked trails, but you do need to pay attention, as there are some spots where you have to stop and search for the blue blazes.)

T – Terrain – 2 (sometimes steep terrain, rocks and roots sticking up out of trail, boardwalks over wet areas.)

The P.I.N.T. Score represents our opinions of this trail.  It reflects our experience, perception, and physical health.  Therefore, the scores are not intended to be expert advice, nor will they be accurate for everyone: we cannot judge what may or may not be appropriate for each individual’s different abilities.  Consult a physician or medical expert before attempting any new physical activity. Hiking contains inherent hazards, so hike at your own risk.  You should always make your own decisions about what level of physical activity is appropriate for you and your family. Weather and other factors may affect trail conditions. Remember, trail conditions may change suddenly and drastically at any time.


Along the trail we saw a beautiful forest, fun rocks to climb, “cliffs” to stand on the edge of, and funny looking spots to explore! We found a geocache complete by accident along the red blaze trail, and the kids even did the limbo with a tree branch. You never know what you’ll find in the woods!

After the hike…

We headed to Trillium Brewing in Canton, at the base of the Blue Hills for lunch. It’s just 10 minutes away and completely family friendly (no dogs, though!). They have a huge outdoor area for seating and for kids to run around, amazing wood-fired pizza, pretzels, and, of course, BEER!

2 thoughts on “DEDHAM, MA – Wilson Mountain Reservation

  1. Great job South Shore Family Adventures. It was great to see the trail and the family. You all are quite talented! Bring us more places!!!

  2. Love to read these again!! So fun!! Looks like a great spot! Easy for ME! Will need to go check it out!!! Thanks

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