Signal Hill (Trustees of Reservations); Norwood, MA

Last Visited: Monday, March 26, 2012

View of Boston from the top of Signal Hill in Norwood, MA.

What to do here: 

  1. Hiking: There is a short hike up Signal Hill (easily less than 15 minutes) and a short loop around Signal Hill (no more than 20 minutes)
  2. Canoeing:  There is a Canoe launch onto the Neponset River.
  3. Picnic Spot: The top of Signal Hill has a great view of the Blue Hills, Boston and the surrounding area.

Why you should go:  This is a great smaller and less well known park.  It only takes about 10-15 minutes to get to the top of Signal Hill from the parking lot and there is a nice easy loop that shouldn’t take you more than a half hour.  There is also a canoe launch into the Charles River.  It’s a great option if you’re looking to get outside for a short amount of time and are nearby.  It also doesn’t seem to get too crowded and is very easy to get to.

How to get there:  Signal Hill is on University Avenue in Canton.  The easiest way to get there is to take Exit 13 off I-95/Route 128 and head down until you get to the stoplight at the intersection of Canton St.  Take a left here and then take your next right onto University Road.  If you cross a bridge and see a ramp to get on I-95 South you’ve gone too far.  After you take the right onto University Road and go all the way to the end of it.  There is a small gravel lot with the hill and small park right there.  The closest train stop would be Route 128 off Amtrak and the Commuter Rail, a cab ride from there shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

GPS Address: 99 University Road; Norwood, MA (Make sure you enter University Road, there is also a University Ave in Norwood)

Recommended Activities:

Nothing in the park should take more than a half hour to do.  However, for such a small park, there are some nice things that are available.  The view from the top of Signal Hill of the Boston Skyline is really nice and is nice and flat and is a great spot for a picnic or to hang out and enjoy the view of Boston and Great Blue Hill for a bit.  The loop makes a nice quick 20-30 minute walk if you have time over lunch and the benefits of having a canoe launch right on the Charles River are pretty obvious.  The sign at the entrance to the park also lists a company nearby that rents canoes, however I didn’t try them so I don’t know if the number still works.